Steps being taken to reduce man-animal conflicts: Min

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 30 May 2019

Emphasising that reduction of man-animal conflict is government’s priority, Forest Minister Sudhir Mungatiwar stated that several serious steps are being taken to reduce incidence of man-animal conflict. He was speaking on the backdrop of a meeting of Conservation Foundations of Tiger Reserves held in Mumbai recently. 

Mumbai: Emphasising that reduction of man-animal conflict is government’s priority, Forest Minister Sudhir Mungatiwar stated that several serious steps are being taken to reduce incidence of man-animal conflict. He was speaking on the backdrop of a meeting of Conservation Foundations of Tiger Reserves held in Mumbai recently. 

During the meeting, Mungantiwar approved several projects in six tiger reserves in the State. The meeting was attended by local representatives, officials of Tiger Reserve Regulatory Authority along with Principal Secretary of Forest Department Vikas Kharge.

Employment for locals around tiger reserve
Stating that the government is serious about reducing dependency of locals on forests by providing them basic infrastructure, Mungantiwar said if this is done then locals will not have to enter the protected area of tiger reserves. He added that women residing near tiger reserves will be employed by setting up sewing machine units and trained to make cloth bags and uniforms. He said the government will strive to create market for the products prepared by women.

Providing water
Mungantiwar said youths in rehabilitated villages should be trained to do business other than driving vehicles. He said if water conservation is done, grasslands will be developed in buffer area and deer and other animals will not enter villages in search of food. He said thus damage to crops can be avoided. He added that in buffer areas, solar-powered borewells should increase. 

‘Provide accurate info to tourists’
Appreciating the Spider Museum, Mungatiwar said efforts should be made to provide accurate information to those who visit tiger reserves. He said tours should be arranged for freedom fighters, senior citizens and women along with school children. He said along with tiger tourism, the information related to ecosystem, birds and other animals in tiger reserves should be given to tourists. 

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