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Lion conservation policy in India needs upgradation

Conservation experts stresses on landscape development and better forest policy

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Oct 5 2016 2:51PM | Updated Date: Oct 5 2016 2:53PM

Lion conservation policy in India needs upgradation

Forest Department of Gujarat has proposed to initiate drone surveillance in the forest areas of the state including in the Gir National Park, the only habitat of Asiatic Lion in the world.

 

Experts and forest officers discussed about the challenges that government has to face while lion conservation efforts. They identified a few important areas which will require special focus.

 

 “Efficient conservation of lions’ movement should be brought under legal regime,” said chief conservator of forests of Junagadh wildlife circle, Aniruddh Pratap Singh, said.

 

Along with that extension of staff, better policy on cattle and dogs entering the forest, community participation and landscape development approach

 

A workshop was organized to mark the year-long golden jubilee celebration of Gir sanctuary. Forest officers, retired Indian Forest Service Officers and researchers shared their views on conservation.

 

Retired IFS officer A K Sharma starts the conservation talk by saying that forest officers should not consider lions their assets. They are kings and officers should serve them as their subordinates and servants.