The vision is to create
a proper space for wildlife in the overall scheme of things within
the civil society and governance of the State - a space that would
be suffused by our traditional values of care, concern and compassion
The two basic objectives are
to reverse the trend of habitat fragmentation and loss, and to generate
stakeholding and participation of the local populace and various
sections of society in the programmes of wildlife conservation.
The elements of vision are
1. 10% of the geographical area of the State brought under the Protected
Area (PA) network comprising of sanctuaries, national parks, conservation
reserves and community reserves, (in place of the present 4.2%).
Representative and critical habitats, species and genetic biodiversity
secured within the PA network. Each forest/wildlife division in
the State has at least one PA.
2. 25% forest area of the
State which qualifies as prime elephant habitat within the Eastern
Indian Elephant Range managed as Elephant Reserves, and 10% forest
area which is prime tiger habitat managed as Tiger Reserves. 3/4ths
of the Tigers and 90% of the Elephants are within the Tiger Reserves/Elephant
3. Each PA has a duly approved Management Plan which is faithfully
implemented. A key element in any Management Plan is a strong incentive
for participation of the people of the locality in protection of
wildlife and its habitat. Enough livelihood opportunities created
by PA management through enhancing eco-tourism and through eco-development
4. Each PA has digitised geo-referenced
maps in the GIS format, with capacity to continually update the
maps to depict ground truth.
5. Biodiversity conservation taken up at landscape level in a mosaic
of forests, agriculture fields, wetlands, coastal zones instead
of being confined to PAs only. Long term ecological monitoring grounded
for all areas of the State so that genetic variations are identified
and conserved, known species thrive, no further species reach threatened
list, and those in the list bounce back.
6. A vibrant and vigorous
action research wing nurtured within the wildlife organisation.
Adaptive management practice extensively informed by research carried
out here and elsewhere.