ZSI to Record Impact of Climate Change on Animals in Five Himalayan States [ Current Affairs ]

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The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has launched long-term monitoring studies project for the document of the impact of climate change on animal biodiversity in five Himalayan states.

These five Himalayan states include Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.

Key Facts:

  • In the project, ZSI will observer indicators in kinds like bees, fish, butterflies and other insects to find how their distribution has been affected by climate change.
  • The ZSI project has been furnished by the Union Ministry for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC). The period of the project is for three years.
  • GIS mapping and bioinformatics will be used in study the impact of climate change on animal biodiversity latest technologies.
  • The old recorded data existing with ZSI and the collected data on the distribution of species will be compared to each other. This data will help to describe the impact of climate change on their survival.

About Zoological Survey of India (ZSI):

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Image shows the logo of zoological.

The ZSI is a premier Indian organisation in zoological research and studies and ZSI is the apex institution on animal (fauna) taxonomy in India

  • The ZSI is a premier Indian organisation in zoological research and studies and ZSI is the apex institution on animal (fauna) taxonomy in India

Formation:

  • 1 July 1916
  • 2016 is the centenary year of Zoological Survey of India (ZSI).

Headquarter:

  • Headquarter of ZSI has 16 regional centres situated in different parts of the country.

Purpose:

  • To support the survey, investigation, research and documentation on different parts of animal taxonomy in the Indian subcontinent.
  • This survey also seeks expansion of knowledge on animal taxonomy.

Roles :

  • Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC). It activities are coordinated by the Conservation and Survey Division of MoEFCC.
  • MoEFCC has been announce as the nominated repository for the National Zoological Collection as per section 39 of the National Biodiversity Act, 2002

Activities Undertaken:

  • The Zoological Survey of India involves the study of the fauna of states, conservation areas, important ecosystems, status survey of threatened species, fauna of India and ecological Studies & Environmental impact assessments.
  • The survey publishes Red Data Book on Indian Animals. It was first published in 1983 and is parallel to Red Data Book published by IUCN.

- Published on: July 1, 2016