Fw: Maharashtra to set up taskforce for Indian Bustard
DearAll,We in Gujarat also have 10% of GIB's national population at one place in Naliya.Best wisesBharat
--- On Thu, 18/8/11, Rajesh Sachdev <leopardguy@...> wrote:
From: Rajesh Sachdev <leopardguy@...>
Subject: Maharashtra to set up taskforce for Indian Bustard
Date: Thursday, 18 August, 2011, 1:56 PMPUNE: For the protection of the few remaining critically-endangered Great Indian Bustard (GIB) in the state, a task force will be set up under the chairmanship of state forests minister Patangrao Kadam. The minister, who was in the city on Tuesday, told TOI that the state taskforce will be formed to strengthen the conservation of the Great Indian Bustards, as Maharashtra is among the six states in the country that shelter the bird species.
Currently, the population of the Great Indian Bustards is seeing a massive decline, and there are just 300 of them in the country. Considering the scenario, the taskforce will include NGOs, experts (from Vidarbha, Pune and Nashik), academicians and officers from the forest department. "It will be a multi-disciplinary team. They will look into the various problems of GIB conservation and suggests methods for its improvement," Kadam said.
Recently, the Supreme Court had passed an order to reduce the area of the Great Indian Bustard sanctuary at Nannaj in Solapur district from 8,496.44 sq km to 1,222.61 sq km.
The minister said for creating public awareness on the importance of GIB among the local people, a book on GIB information will be released, which will also be distributed among schoolchildren. He said similar habitat management for the breeding of the bird species, created in the core areas in Nannaj, will be taken up in other places as well. For this, other core areas will to be identified.
On the issue of the shortage of forest guards, Kadam said, "There will be recruitment of 1,600 forest guards in the state. The staff strength will be increased for monitoring wildlife sanctuaries. The recruitment power is vested on the committee headed by the chief conservator of forest (territorial)," he said.
M K Rao, chief conservator of forests (wildlife), Pune, said once formed the task force will initiate a large number of conservation measures as its guiding principles as well as monitor. At present, the forest department is working on proper GIB habitat management to see that the areas are free from disturbance, abundance in prey population and have favourable climatic
Pramod Patil director, the GIB Foundation, said Maharashtra will be the first state to have a GIB taskforce. It will help in coordination and preparation of guidelines, which will go a long way in protection of GIB. At present, GIB is facing a major population decline due to habitat loss, change in crop pattern and other developmental activities, Patil said.
Currently, the population of the Great Indian Bustards is seeing a massive decline, and there are just 300 of them left
in the country. Considering the scenario, the taskforce will include NGOs, experts (from Vidarbha, Pune and Nashik), academicians and officers from the forest department
There are around 30-35 GIB in the state
The four species of bustards have been given the highest degree of protection by placing them in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972
The GIB population in Maharashtra can be found in Warora (Chandrapur district), Solapur, Ahmednagar and Nashik districts--