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Prelims in Focus-Part-27
The thorny Ronjh or Safed Keekar, with its grey-white bark is one of Delhi’s own, battling the scrubland and surviving with tenacity, much like its residents.
➖Native to Delhi’s historical (what was once) open scrubland, this moderate to large sized thorny deciduous tree is characteristic of dry regions, hardy and drought-resistant, adapting to dry, rocky, sandy soils.
- Soil Water
➖Rhezic Water is term used for Soil Water
➖ Gravitational Water, Capillary Water and Hygroscopic Water are types of Soil Water
- Climate Technology Centre and Network
➖Operational arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism
➖Hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
➖Promotes the accelerated transfer of environmentally sound technologies for low carbon and climate resilient development at the request of developing countries.
- Forest Reference Level (FRL) is a benchmark for emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and removals from sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (all REDD+ activities). Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL) is a benchmark for emissions exclusively from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD only). Setting forest reference levels (FRLs) and/or forest reference emission levels (FRELs) is one of the first steps countries need to take to benefit from REDD+.
➖An international rating system used by regulatory banking authorities to rate financial institutions, according to the six factors represented by its acronym.
➖Acronym stands for “Capital adequacy, Asset quality, Management, Earnings, Liquidity, and Sensitivity.”
- Khirer Putul
➖Children’s fantasy novel written by Abanindranath Tagore in 1896.
➖Considered a masterpiece and landmark by writers in Bengali language children’s literature.
- Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG)
➖The IUCN AsESG is a global network of specialists concerned with the study, monitoring, management, and conservation of Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus).
➖Promote the long-term conservation of Asia’s elephants and, where possible, the recovery of their populations to viable levels.
➖Acts as the Red List Authority for the Asian Elephant, carrying out Red List assessments for inclusion in the IUCN Red List
- Asan Conservation Reserve
➖Uttarakhand’s first Ramsar site, making it a ‘Wetland of International Importance’,
➖Announced the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
➖Located on the banks of Yamuna river near Dehradun district in Garhwal region of the Himalayan state.
➖Home to many rare and endangered species like the Ruddy Shelduck, Red Crested Pochard
➖Receives about 40 migratory species, including Rudy Shelduck, Common coot, Gadwall, Kingfisher, Indian cormorant, Baer’s pochard, Northern pintail, Bar-headed goose
🔹 Note: the number of Ramsar sites in India goes up to 39, the highest in South Asia
- Kabartal Wetland
➖Also known as Kanwar jheel covers 2,620 hectares of the Indo-Gangetic plains, in Begusarai district of the state of Bihar.
➖Acts as a vital flood buffer for the region besides providing livelihood opportunities to the local communities.
➖An important stopover along the Central Asian Flyway, with 58 migratory waterbirds using it as a wintering site.
➖Besides, critically endangered vultures including red-headed vulture and white-rumped vulture also use the site as a habitat.
- Pied Avocet
➖Winter migratory birds
➖Surajpur Bird Park, Greater Noida.
➖Distributed in the Indian subcontinent, Asia, Africa and Europe.
➖Uses the specialised beak to find crustaceans to feed on in marshy water.