Environment Minister releases National Marine Turtle Action Plan

National Marine Turtle Action Plan has been recently released by the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) in New Delhi. The Ministry also released the ‘Marine Mega Fauna Stranding Guidelines’ along with the Marine Turtle Action Plan.

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Important points:

  • National Marine Turtle Action Plan and Marine Mega Fauna Stranding Guidelines have been released acknowledging the need for a conservation paradigm for marine turtles and marine megafauna.
  • At the launch, the minister called for conserving both floral and faunal diversity including marine biodiversity.
  • Both these documents include the ways and measures to promote inter-sectoral action for conservation.
  • The documents also provide guidance for enhanced coordination amongst the government, all relevant stakeholders, and civil society on the response to cases of entanglement, stranding, injury, or mortality of marine mammals. All of them should also have better coordination to chalk out plans for the conservation of marine turtles.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change: Prakash Javadekar.

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