October 15th, 2011
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Wildlife sancturies and habitats will suffer

Kerala wildlife

Kochi: Union Ministry of Environment and Forest has decided to cut its financial support to the state by half. The Sate allocation has been set at 2.88 crore under the Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats which is far less than the 4.4 crores allotted last year. This cut in revenue would have drastic affects on the day to day activities of Kerala’s 14 wildlife sanctuaries, 4 national parks and one community centre.

According to R R Raja Varma, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Kerala, ” Neyyar, Wayanad and Idukki wildlife sanctuaries and Silent Valley and Eravikulam National Parks would face the brunt of this new decision.” Last year 1.02 crore was allotted for wildlife habitat management of  Anamudi, Eravikulam, Pambadum Shola and Mathikettan National Parks and Chinnar and Kurunjimala Wild Life  sanctuaries alone.

The account was used for providing the salary for field staff , expense for patrolling in wildlife areas, creation of fire lines for checking forest fire and for the  deployment of fire protection and fire gangs.

The removal of exotic and alien invasive species from the wildlife sanctuaries, compensation to the victims of man- animal conflicts, strengthening of the Eco- Development Committees, vaccination of cattle in areas close to wildlife sanctuaries against anthrax and foot and mouth disease , procurement of field kits for patrolling staff and expense for post mortem examination are met with this fund allocation.

Given the current situation the state would have to approach the centre seeking compensatory support. Jammu and Kashmir got the maximum support with an allocation of 5.59 crore .




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