EXPERTS AND forest officers discussed on challenges facing the lion
conservation efforts over the next 50 years and identified a few
important areas which will require special focus at the end of a two-day
national workshop at Sasan in Junagadh on Tuesday. “At the end of the
workshop, the broader consensus was that for efficient conservation of
lions over the next 50 years, lion movement areas should be brought
under legal regime to the extent possible, staffing should be augmented,
there should be a policy on cattle and dogs entering the forest,
community participation should be increased and landscape development
approach should be adopted,” chief conservator of forests of Junagadh
wildlife circle, Aniruddh Pratap Singh, said. Retired IFS officer A K
Sharma advised forest officers not to consider lions their assets, but
their kings and “serve” them as their subordinates and servants.
By: Express News Service | Rajkot |
Published:October 5, 2016 1:54 am
The two-day workshop started on Monday at Sasan, the headquarters of Gir National Park and Sanctuary (GNPS) and concluded on Tuesday as part of the culmination of year-long golden jubilee celebration of Gir sanctuary. Senior forest officers, retired Indian Forest Service Officers and researchers shared their views on the success story of lions conservation in the state over the past 50 years and suggested plans for the next 50 years to strengthen and sustain the conservation regime.