Dedicated Project for Conservation of Asiatic Lion with Contribution of Rs 97.85 Cr from Centre (Download PDF)

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Central government launched dedicated “Asiatic Lion Conservation Project” with budgetary contribution of Rs. 97.85 Cr. With view to strengthen conservation initiatives, Union Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEFCC) approved project for three financial years FY 2018 - 19, FY 2019 - 20 & FY 2020 - 21.

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  • The Asiatic Lion Endemic to Gir landscape of Gujarat, is one of 21 critically endangered species identified by Ministry for taking up recovery Programme. Asiatic Lion, being listed in Schedule-I of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, to be accorded highest degree of protection.

  • Union Minister for Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Science & Technology & Earth Sciences said that project envisages scientific Management with involvement of communities in coordination with multi-sectoral agencies for disease control & veterinary care for overall conservation of Lion.

  • Minister handed over sanction for an amount of Rs. 17.03 Crores to Gujarat Minister of State for Forest & Tribal Development for implementation of activities during first year of project.

  • There are about 700 lions presently in Gir Forest & they are increasing in number.

  • The Additional Chief Secretary of Gujarat Shri Rajiv Kumar Gupta said that in all with contribution of State Govt, about 300 crore rupees will be spent including 80 crore rupees for hospital & ambulances for lions.

  • This project has “Species Conservation over large landscape” approach.

  • The Greater Gir Region (GGR) is being divided into various zones & Management approach of “Zone Plans & Theme Plans” for conservation of Asiatic Lion. “Zone Plans” include Core Zone, Sanctuary Zone, buffer Zone i. e. proposed for notification as Eco-fragile/eco-sensitive Zone & Greater Gir Region outside Gir PA system for people’s participation & eco-development.

Additional ICT Will Include Following

  • GPS Based Tracking

  • Surveillance Tracking

  • Animal Tracking

  • Vehicle Tracking

  • Automated Sensor Grid

  • Magnetic Sensors

  • Movement Sensors

  • Infra-red heat sensors

  • Night vision capability enhancement

  • GIS based real time monitoring, analysis & report generation. In recent past also, many initiatives for consolidating conservation of Asiatic Lions have been taken.

  • These include:

  • The concept of Greater Gir has been adopted through which additional suitable habitat for lion is being developed for habitation of lion.

  • Besides Gir National Park & Sanctuary, Girnar, Pania & Mitiyala have been notified as sanctuaries to widen protected area network & home of lion

  • Habitat improvement measures have been undertaken.

  • Additional water points are being established & existing water points are being maintained.

  • Protection mechanism has been strengthened with creation of Wildlife Crime Cell at state level & Task Force for GGR (Greater Gir region).

  • Open wells are being covered with parapet walls to prevent death of wild animals due to fall in well. Intelligence gathering system has been strengthened.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 21, 2019

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