Govt banks on Indo-German project to halt animal deaths after T1 killing
New Delhi: The Centre is banking on an Indo-German Human-Wildlife conflict mitigation project to prevent a recurrence of the controversial killing of tigress Avni in Maharashtra and deaths of seven elephants through electrocution in Odisha last month.
The Indo-German project aims to provide technical support at the national level and in selected states for effective implementation of conflict mitigation measures so that both human and wildlife could be saved by shifting from ‘conflict’ to ‘co-existence’ mode.
“We have been doing pilots in three states - Uttarakhand, West Bengal and Karnataka - under the Indo-German pro- To prevent recurrence of events like that of the controversial killing of Avni, scientist S Sathyakumar, who deals with the Indo-German project, said that the objective is to frame guidelines and standard operating procedures so that humans & wildlife can co-exist ject. Three sites have been selected keeping in mind tiger and elephant population in those areas,” said S Sathyakumar, scientist at Dehradunbased Wildlife Institute of India (WII). Kodagu forest circle in Karnataka, Terai Arc Landscape in Uttarakhand and Go- rumara wildlife division in north Bengal are three areas where the government agencies have been working in technical cooperation with the German government.
Sathyakumar, who deals with the Indo-German project, told TOI on Saturday that the objective is to frame guidelines and standard operating procedures so that humans and wildlife could co-exist. “The idea is to prevent conflict wherever possible through taking enabling measures and creating awareness among people living around the wildlife habitat and their path of movement from one region to other,” he said.
The success of the pilot project, signed last year, will be replicated at national level, covering protected areas, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. An official note says the project focuses on three output areas — development of action plan to reduce human wildlife conflict, pilot application of a holistic approach and instruments for mitigation of conflicts and facilitating capacity development of key stakeholders.