13 Aug, 2020
The Indo-German Project “Human Wildlife Conflict Mitigation (HWC)” in India organised an online meeting for the Group of Coordinators and Authors for the development of guidelines & SOP for mitigating Human-Leopard Conflict on August 13th, 2020.
Dr Neeraj Khera, Team Leader HWC Project provided an overview of the purpose and context of the meeting, and shared overall overview of the draft guidelines & SOP for mitigating Human-Leopard Conflict. This followed by a discussion among different experts from MoEF&CC, Forest Department, Retired Forest officials, Wildlife experts, Disaster management expert supporting in the development of the document as Lead Authors, Coordinating Lead Authors and Contributing authors. The meeting received inputs from experts such as Mr. Sanjay Gubbi, Wildlife Expert, Consultant GIZ; Dr. SP Goyal, Scientist, WII; Dr. Aditi Sharma, Sr. Veterinary officer, RTR, UKFD; Mr. Aritra Kshettry, Wildlife Expert, Consultant GIZ; Dr. Koko Rose, DFO Nanital, UKFD; Ms. Naghma Firdaus, Disaster Management Specialist, Consultant, GIZ and others.
The Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation (HWC) project implemented by GIZ in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change aims at providing technical support at the national level, and effective implementation of HWC mitigation measures in selected states of India. The project pilot sites are: Haridwar Forest Division and adjoining landscape including Rajaji Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand, Gorumara Wildlife Division in West Bengal, and Kodagu Forest Circle in Karnataka.
The main objective of the project is that the rural population in project areas, where agreed guidelines and tools are applied to mitigate human-wildlife conflict, is better protected against it. The project takes the approach of harmonious coexistence, by ensuring that both—human and wildlife—are protected from conflict. Read More
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