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India: New national wildlife plan moves climate change into management spotlight

With India’s protected areas designed at a time when climate change was “hardly a criterion” for wildlife conservation, the National Wildlife Action Plan (NWAP) 2017-2031 states that it “recognises the concerns relating to climate change impacts on wildlife.”

Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan released the document on Monday. The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, however, only released basic points of the plan and specified that there are 103 conservation actions and 250 projects in the final plan, of which seven conservation actions and 11 projects relate to climate change.

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