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Eco NGOs to conduct studies for corridors joining PAs

 

 

 

 

The Hitavada,Nagpur, 27th August, 2001

 

Environmental Non-Government Organisations will carry out studies in their areas to earmark the land for developing corridors joining Protected Areas (PAs). They will try to ensure the participation of local people so that the process does not face strong opposition. This was decided at the concluding session of the two-day WWF stakeholders meeting on Satpuda-Maikal landscape. 

The delegates felt that the proposed corridors on map may pass through cultivated fields, human habitations, industrial areas etc. If populations or establishments have to be evicted for creating the corridor, it will face strong opposition. Therefore, minute study will have to be done to ensure that the local population incurs minimum loss due to the process, the delegates reasoned. The locals will have to be educated on the necessity of the corridors for dispersal of wildlife. Only when a majority among them support the process, will this project be really successful, the delegates opined. 

 

The delegates also stressed that the issues of concern should be identified in consultation with the local people and solutions worked out. They further emphasized that contact should be established with the agencies already working in the identified landscape area for conservation and the possibilities of building partnerships with them explored. 

 

Earlier, a number of environmentalists and forest officials presented their findings to be delegates. They include Tariq Aziz, M G Gogate, G Areendran, Neel Gogate, Kishor Rithe, Khalid Pasha and others. A section of delegates while talking to The Hitavada said that environmentalists all round the world believe that a new approach is needed for tiger conservation. Despite strict legislation and specific tiger conservation efforts involving enormous expenditure, the status of tiger remains precarious, they pointed out. 

 

The problems of poaching, man-animal conflict and fragmentation of the tiger's habitat continue to threaten the large cat. These factors have made small and isolated tiger populations extremely vulnerable to local extinction, the delegates stressed. An analysis reveals that while most of the government's support for wildlife conservation is directed at protected areas (PA), large stretches of the non-PA forests that act as corridors between the Pas' are ignored. This is particularly significant as census figures reveal that a large number of the tigers live outside PAs.