Potential distribution of the Sal forest tortoise over unprotected areas

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  • May 12, 2020
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Potential distribution of the Sal forest tortoise over unprotected areas

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Environment

In News:

  • According to a recent study by ecologists in the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, over 90% of the potential distribution of the Sal forest tortoise falls outside the current protected area’s network.

Image source :The Hindu

Important value additions:

Sal forest tortoise

  • It is a species of tortoise. 
  • It is also known as Elongated tortoise and Yellow Tortoise. 
  • It is found in Southeast Asia and parts of the Indian Subcontinent, particularly Northeast India.
  • IUCN Status: Critically Endangered.
  • It is heavily hunted for food and collected both for local use, such as decorative masks, and international wildlife trade.
  • In china, a mixture, made by grinding up the tortoise’s shell, also serves as an aphrodisiac. 


Shekatkar Committee 

  • Recently, Indian Defence Minister has approved a proposal for the abolition of numerous posts in the Military Engineering Service (MES).
  • This was done according to recommendations of the Lt. Gen. D.B. Shekatkar (Retd.) Committee.
  • It was appointed in 2016, 
  • The recommendations ranged from optimising defence budget to the need for a Chief of the Defence Staff.

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