Prime Intention of the Blog

"People without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees and wildlife is almost as helpless".

I still remember my childhood days when I used to visit Dandeli a place where even my father started his professional career and also where my most of the relatives were staying.Even though I never brought up in Dandeli no one could stop me to go there since it was just two hours journey from my native. And during every visit I used to get the scoldings from my father and relatives since I used to spend most of the time in forests than in house.So as I grown up my visit to Dandeli became very less except twice or thrice in a year since I became busy with studies but always I had in my mind that I should contribute something to these magnificent forests which inspired me a lot to fall in love with the Conservation.So it is just an attempt from my side to create awareness to save these magnificent animals and landscapes they exist in.If this blog contributes in a small way to achieve this goal I will be the most happiest person in this world.
This blog mainly focuses towards conservation activities in and around Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve.This blog doesn't provide any information regarding tourism and its related activities in and around Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Anshi-Dandeli tiger reserve plans on backburner:

Dandeli Wildlife Division is engaging still more effective plans to conserve Flora and Fauna in the Tiger reserve.Please read the article below which has been published in a Newspaper.

KARWAR: The Anashi Dandeli forest region, declared a protected region under the Project Tiger on January 4, 2007, is yet to become a safe haven for the flora and fauna it preserves, thanks to the apathy of both state and central governments.
The forests are a natural abode for tigers and other fauna like black panthers, leopards, gours, sambar deer, spotted deer, barking deer, wild dogs, elephants, bonnet macaque (white tailed monkey), giant squirrel, flying squirrel, pangolin and a variety of birds.
The reserve was formed by including 475.018 sq km area of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and 339.866 sq km area of Anashi National Park. As per the Wildlife Census of 2006, there are about 33 tigers in and around the tiger reserve, including the Sharavati valleyDandeliKhanapur landscape. With unique flora and fauna, the newly created tiger reserve is considered a natural home for tigers. However, the proposal for boundary rationalisation for the tiger reserve, which was prepared by the wildlife division of the forest department some time back, is still pending with the state government. Although the buffer zone is delineated, the government is yet to make the final declaration.
Conservation plans pending
The wild life division has prepared an Indicative Tiger Conservation Plan, which includes habitat management, protecting the existing vegetation with cattle proof trenching, creation of water holes, eradication of weeds, fire protection, creation of fodder plants, restricting grazing and reclamation of mine dumps. The plan, however, is still before the National Tiger Conservation Authority for approval.
Confusion over rehabilitation
There are 56 revenue villages in the tiger reserve, which leads to humananimal conflict. Although an attractive compensation package with a compensation of `10 lakh to each family, considering each villager above 18 years of age as a separate family, has been announced, many villagers are opposed to it. According to Sunil Panwar, DCF of the wildlife division, no family would be displaced forcibly. Around 500 families have volunteered to leave their villages. 320 families would be displaced in the first phase. A proposal in this regard was sent to the central government long ago, but awaits approval.
Also, as against the sanctioned posts, there are 42 posts still vacant. Of them, 34 are of forest guards, who are supposed to take care of the field work.
Awareness drives
The wildlife division is engaged in creating awareness about wild life among the villagers. It has adopted 13 schools and created nature clubs and organised youth training camps to create awareness about forest and poaching.

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