Wildlife Pro­tec­tion

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

To strengthen its wildlife con­ser­va­tion ini­tia­tives, the In­dian gov­ern­ment has re­cently fi­nalised the Na­tional Wildlife Ac­tion Plan (NWAP) 2017-31. The 14-year con­ser­va­tion plan aims to in­crease the num­ber of pro­tected ar­eas for en­dan­gered an­i­mals in the coun­try. Cur­rently, there are a to­tal of 726 pro­tected ar­eas in In­dia. Us­ing cen­tralised web-based equip­ment, sur­veil­lance drones and mo­bile-based tech­nol­ogy, the NWAP 2017-31 will ad­dress con­ser­va­tion is­sues such as con­trol of poach­ing, wildlife crimes and il­le­gal trade, in­te­gra­tion of cli­mate change in wildlife planning, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of threat­ened species, mit­i­ga­tion of hu­man-wildlife con­flicts and man­age­ment of tourism in wildlife sanc­tu­ar­ies and forests.

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