Goaltide Daily Current Affairs 2023

Dec 18, 2023

Current Affair 1:
Indian Forest & Wood Certification Scheme.



Introduction of this scheme:

The Indian Forest and Wood Certification Scheme (IFWCS) is the national forest certification scheme of India and is designed to promote sustainable forest management and sustainable management of Trees outside Forests in the country.

IFWCS envisages to provide market incentives to those forest divisions and plantation areas which effectively implement the criteria and the indicators of Indian Forest Management Standard (IFMS) as contained in the National Working Plan Code 2023 thus exhibit responsible forest management and agroforestry practices in their operations.

The Indian Forest and Wood Certification Scheme (IFWCS) will be overseen by the Indian Forest and Wood Certification Council (IFWCC).

Current Affair 2:
Saiga (Saiga tatarica) species category was changed from Critically Endangered to Near Threatened



On December 11, 2023, the species’ (Saiga tatarica) category was changed from Critically Endangered to Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The Saiga has two sub-species: Saiga tatarica tatarica (found in most of the range) and Saiga tatarica mongolica (found only in Mongolia).

This antelope has an extremely unusual appearance with an oversized and flexible nose, the internal structure of which acts like a filter.

Their large noses filter out dust kicked up by the herd in the warm summers and warms the icy air before it reaches their lungs in the winters.

Current Affair 3:
'AMRIT' (Arsenic and Metal Removal by Indian Technology)



Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Madras has developed a technology called ‘AMRIT’ (Arsenic and Metal Removal by Indian Technology) for the removal of Arsenic and Metal ions from water.

AMRIT uses a composition based on iron oxyhydroxide to remove arsenic from wate.

AMRIT composition can handle up to a 3+ 5+ input load of 5 ppm of arsenic (equally well for both forms of arsenic, As and As) and bring the output below the detection limit (<1 ppb). Composition is at least 5-6 times more efficient than any other adsorbent available currently. Since the contact time required for removal is fairly low (less than 1 min), the composition is used in the size of 0.2 mm, thereby offering negligible pressure drop.

This helps from several aspects: treatment cost reduces, filtration unit becomes smaller, filtration unit can be operated with minimum pressure, easily maintainable by local community and reduced sludge quantity.

Current Affair 4:
ENACT Partnership



The ENACT Partnership works to accelerate collective global efforts to address climate change, land and ecosystem degradation, and biodiversity loss through Nature-based Solutions (NbS).

It does so by providing a hub for Parties and non-state actors working on NbS to collaborate and build support across the Rio Conventions through a collective voice for evidence-based policy on NbS.

The Partnership was launched at the Sharm el-Sheikh UNFCCC COP27 by the Egyptian COP Presidency in collaboration with the Government of Germany and IUCN.

IUCN hosts ENACT's secretariat, which leads the implementation of the Partnership.

Till now, the members are:

OLN: Pakistan kya hi krega ENACT join krke. Chalo krte h toh krne do..


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