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Old October 25th, 2011, 03:21 PM   #1
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Centre approves Rs 4.3cr for Project Tiger at Tadoba

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Union ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) has given administrative approval to the continuation of Project Tiger scheme in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) here at the cost over Rs 4.37 crore. Of the total cost, recurring cost of Rs 2.99 crore would be shared on 50:50 basis between union and state government, while remaining cost would be treated as 100% central assistance, official sources said.

Sources claimed that MoEF has sanctioned the release of Rs 1.56 crore as first instalment of central share towards grant-in-aid to Maharashtra government for financial year 2011-12. The balance amount of central assistance would be released in due course after review of progress of expenditure and the works undertaken. The authorities have been directed to see that the sanctioned grant is used within the current fiscal year strictly in TATR, sources said.

Out of total approved cost of the scheme, central government share would be Rs 2.88 crore. "Actual release of funds under grant-in-aid presently is Rs 2.30 crores. However, since Rs 74.61 lakh has been adjusted against previous balance of year 2010-11 with state government, the net release of grant stands at Rs 1.54 crore," sources explained.

The sum of Rs 1.23 crore would be spent on non-recurring items like anti-poaching measures, habitat management, strengthening of infrastructure, staff deployment and capacity building, procurement of equipment and ensuring human-wildlife coexistence in buffer areas of TATR. "Similarly, Rs 2.99 crore is going to be spent on recurring items. Apart from recurring expense on the expenditure heads stated above, the sum would also be utilized for fire protection, addressing man-wildlife conflict and maintaining elephant squad in TATR," sources explained.

Apart from this, Rs 15 lakh would be spent on eco-development activities in core and buffer areas of TATR, sources added. CCF, TATR, Vinaykumar Sinha confirmed the sanction of funds for centrally sponsored scheme Project Tiger in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.
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NTCA gears up for tiger census-IV

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The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has geared up to conduct fourth phase of tiger census between November and May 2011. It is expansion of three earlier phases of tiger estimation exercise done in 2010.

NTCA has held two meetings on the issue. On September 7, an internal meeting of NTCA officials was held while on October 13 and 14, preliminary discussions took place at Delhi between chief wildlife wardens and field directors of tiger states. Final guidelines will be issued soon, said Ravikiran Govekar, assistant inspector general (AIG) with NTCA's Nagpur regional office.

The fourth phase will be held only in tiger reserves and will help know tiger numbers in each reserve with the help of mark recapture based camera traps. After NTCA adopted the new tiger census methodology in 2006, figures of individual tiger reserves have not been declared. The numbers included estimation of a protected area (PA) and its entire landscape.

The NTCA and Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, have developed a new software. During the earlier phases, WII representatives were part of the exercise. This time, census will be conducted by respective states' chief wildlife wardens who have been asked to seek help from NGOs.

"National and state-level workshops on capacity-building will start next month. The exercise will be funded by NTCA and tentatively Rs 30 lakh per reserve have been earmarked. The states have been asked to forward requisitions," Govekar told TOI. The fourth phase will help know mortality, dispersal, breeding and other population dynamics of tigers. During the first eight days, sign survey will be conducted. Depending on results, camera traps will be deployed at probable sites. The exercise will be conducted every year.

It has been decided to deploy three pairs of cameras in 15 sq km (average beat size). However, in reserves with low tiger density, scat analysis and DNA will be done. "Annual monitoring (instead of only four-year cycle) at the tiger reserve level will getting regular updates on number and health of tigers across the country and will aid conservation efforts," Govekar stressed.

Across 41 tiger reserves, 2010 assessment estimates there are 1,706 tigers. This is an improvement from the 2006 estimate of 1,411 tigers.

What is Phase IV?

* Phase IV marks beginning of intensive, annual monitoring of important 'source' populations of tigers

* Methodology developed by WII and NTCA in consultation with experts

* The monitoring protocol will use three pairs of double sided cameras in 15 sq km

* Yearly indication of the status of tiger populations will help long-term conservation

* Prey population monitoring will be included
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Nagzira-Navegaon corridor gets a leg-up

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When Nagzira-Navegaon corridor has been badly damaged by road-widening, a modest effort is being made to save what remains of the corridor between two protected areas.

The Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), a non-profit wildlife conservation organisation, launched an eco-development project for vulnerable villages in the corridor. The ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) has in-principle agreed to declare Nagzira-Navegaon as a tiger reserve.

To start with, three biogas units and 30 eco-friendly chulhas were given to the families in obscure Sondlagondi village, a chicken-neck of the vital corridor. The village has a 4 sq km forest patch that is part of the tiger corridor. The biogas units were distributed to those having more cattle.

Sondlagondi is the first among 90 villages in the corridor to get the benefit. Vulnerable villages putting biotic pressure on forest patches in corridor will be taken up. "The eco-friendly chulhas will increase efficiency by 26% and save fuel wood requirement. On an average, fuel wood worth one tonne per family will be saved from being cut now. If 30 village families to whom these chulhas were given are considered, 30 tonnes of wood will be saved," claimed Prafulla Bhamburkar, regional manager of WTI.

A 10-day training programme for producing eco-friendly chulhas was also organised by the community and biodiversity division of WTI under the Central India Tiger Conservation Project (CITCP) funded by Japan Tiger Elephant Fund (JTEF) in collaboration with Appropriate Rural Technology Institute (ARTI), Pune, who provided technical support.

Sondlagondi sarpanch Usha Pisdeh says the project aims to reduce dependency of villagers on forest as it is an important tiger habitat. "We hope it will provide us an opportunity to upgrade villagers' knowledge," she said.

These chulhas should be maintained properly for its efficiency. Using fuel wood smaller in size is more efficient due to its higher burning and does not create any hindrance in kitchen area, especially for children, says field officer of WTI Greeshma Mahesh. Goregaon range forest officer (RFO) U T Bisen viewed the project site and was impressed. He stressed the need for giving such fuel-efficient chulhas to all the villages in the corridor.
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Number of vehicles entering Tadoba on the rise

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With the number of tourists visiting Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) soaring up, the park management has revamped its system once again. Using discretionary power the park authorities have slightly increased the number of vehicles entering the park and have extended the advance booking period up to a month.

TATR has witnessed alterations in regulation from time to time to control tourism in the park. In the past the regulations have been altered in accordance with the inflow of the tourists, local condition and movement of breeding tigress etc.

This time the new alteration came just before Diwali holidays. Exercising his discretionary powers chief conservator of forest, TATR, Vinaykumar Sinha increased number of vehicles entering from Kolara gate from seven to nine.

"I have discretionary power to allow some additional tourist vehicles in to the tiger reserve. There have been repeated requests in the past to allow some more vehicles from Kolara gate. Due to increasing inflow of tourists from Kolara gate, I have decided to raise the number of vehicles by two," Sinha said. The new regulation came into effect a day before Diwali.

As per management plan of TATR, 117 vehicles are allowed to enter in the park during a day. Accordingly 60 vehicles were allowed in morning shift and 57 in evening shift. Authorities have closed couple of entrance gates and their vehicles have been clubbed with other gates. As per new regulations, four vehicles were earlier allowed from Khutwanda gate, but those have now been added to Moharli gate. Similarly, after closure of Jhari gate, its vehicles intake capacity has been added to Pangdi gate. As Navegaon gate would continue to be operational until the relocation of the village out of tiger reserve, four vehicles are allowed to enter from this gate.

"It is not a significant change. Vehicles entering from Khutwanda and Jhari gates have been added to other gates, as they are closed,. Only two vehicles have been increased from Kolara gate, reducing the number from my discretionary quota, " Sinha said.

He also confirmed that the advance booking period has been extended from a week to a month. Hence, the tourists who want to visit TATR can now book their tickets a month in advance.

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* 117 vehicles enter the park during a day. 60 in morning and 57 in evening shift.

* Couple of gates have been closed and their vehicles clubbed with other gates

* Vehicles entering from Kolara gate increased from seven to nine

* TATR tourists can now book their tickets a month in advance. Earlier it was a week
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In Nagpur I once traveled to that hilly area (I forget the name), in the early morning, near the Parsi Cemetery and came across a large cage...with a tiger inside! The tiger was just lying there, pretty depressed. There were no signs, no guards nearby. It was pretty weird.
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In Nagpur I once traveled to that hilly area (I forget the name), in the early morning, near the Parsi Cemetery and came across a large cage...with a tiger inside! The tiger was just lying there, pretty depressed. There were no signs, no guards nearby. It was pretty weird.
I guess you are talking about Seminary Hills.. some area on the hill belongs to Forest Dept. so they might have kept the cage there.. but still it's weird to keep it openly just like that..
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Bor to be 'satellite' core of Pench tiger reserve

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The long expected decision to make Bor wildlife sanctuary the 'satellite' core of Pench tiger reserve is expected to be taken soon. A proposal in this regard is in the final stages of preparation and will be sent to the state government. This ends any chances of Bor being declared a tiger reserve, as announced earlier.

After a series of meetings and discussions, the wildlife wing of the forest department has finally decided that the 60 sq km Bor sanctuary in Wardha district is too small to be declared as a tiger reserve.

"It is not practical to declare Bor a reserve. It is well connected to Pench and Mansingdeo wildlife sanctuary adjoining Pench, and is also a corridor. We will also carve out suitable areas from Nagpur and Wardha forest divisions adjoining Bor. All this area will now be part of Pench," said SK Khetarpal, principal chief conservator of forests ( PCCF) for wildlife, Maharashtra.

According to official sources, Bor sanctuary will be extended to 120.39 sq km. It will include the existing sanctuary area of 59.70 sq km area and adjoining 60.70 sq km (12.24 sq km from Nagpur and 48.46 sq km from Wardha division). The 120.39 sq km Bor will be 'satellite' core of 257.23 sq km Pench along with 172.86 sq km Mansingdeo sanctuary. If the area of these three protected areas (PAs) is clubbed, Pench will now become 550.47 sq km.

As per the latest (2010-11) tiger estimation report of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), there are 24 tigers in the Pench and Bor landscape.

"The Bor sanctuary is an important 'satellite' area which has the potential to serve as a 'stepping stone' for tigers dispersing from the source area of Pench," said Khetarpal.

Khetarpal said CR Gajbhiye, CCF (territorial), Nagpur Circle, is verifying the proposal before forwarding it to AK Saxena, APPCF, East, Nagpur. "We will send the proposal to the government in a few days," he added.

To expedite the proposal, only reserve forest area, where no rights of people are involved and needs no inquiry, have been included in the Bor extension. For now, protected forest (PF) area has been excluded, as it may delay announcement of the tiger reserve.

"As per Section 26 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, the extended area will first have to be declared a sanctuary. Nomenclature of the said area has not been decided yet, but it can also be called as Bor extension," Khetarpal said.

Although Khetarpal and others are pressing for Bor satellite core, it will take some time as according to Section 38V of the amended WPA 1972, any area which you want to declare as a core or critical tiger habitat (CTH) should be compulsorily part of a sanctuary or national park. Hence, 60.70 sq km Bor extension will have to be first notified separately to make it part of Pench.

The Bor tiger reserve was announced out of excitement by then environment minister Jairam Ramesh on September 13, 2010, when he was in Nagpur. Earlier, the Bor reserve proposal, which included its existing area, was returned in October as it was impractical.
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Another wildlife sanctuary proposed 50km from city

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Vijay Pinjarkar, TNN | Dec 31, 2011, 01.38AM IST

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NAGPUR: With proposal for Umred-Kharangla Wildlife Sanctuary ready, expect one more protected area (PA) in Maharashtra to the existing PA network of 36 wildlife sanctuaries, 6 national parks and 1 conservation reserve. The state already has the highest number of PAs in the country.

The 192sqkm sanctuary proposal was readied by CR Gajbhiye, chief conservator of forests (CCF), Nagpur Territorial Circle, and was on Thursday forwarded to AK Saxena, additional principal chief conservator of forests (APCCF) for wildlife, East. This may be perhaps the first proposal for any sanctuary in India, which has been prepared in a month.

"I've just received the proposal. I will examine it before sending it to PCCF (wildlife). It will be sent to the state government after final discussions," Saxena told TOI.

At a time when leaders in the country dub forests a hurdle in economic development, the sanctuary proposal is being pursued by none other than Rajendra Mulak, minister of state for finance, energy, water resources, excise and planning.

When asked about his interest, Mulak said there is a huge scope for tiger and ecotourism in Vidarbha. There are around 15 tigers in the Kuhi-Bhiwapur-Paoni patch.

"We need to protect tigers that are facing extinction. Declaring U-K sanctuary is a good option. Given a proper shape, tigers will bring jobs for the locals in the form of tourism and allied activities and boost local economy," Mulak said.
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Nagzira pitches for new conservation plan

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In a paradigm shift from keeping complete control when it come to managing parks, the Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary on Friday turned over a new leaf by involving locals in protection of wildlife and forest.

To ensure that benefits of conservation also help the locals, the park management handed over 10 tents meant for tourists' accommodation to the 14-member Pitezari Eco-Development Committee (EDC), which would now rent out the tents. However, facilities like Lata Kunj, Nilay, Madhu Kunj and Holiday Homes would continue to be managed by the department.

Pitezari, a tribal village in Sakoli tehsil outside the sanctuary gate, is mostly made up of marginal land holders, who depend on the forest for employment and day to day needs. The village puts huge biotic pressure on the adjoining 152 sq km Nagzira sanctuary and surrounding forests by extracting minor forest produce (MFP) like gum, mahua, tendu etc.

"A rough estimate says the 150 huts in the village extract over 1.5 tonne fuelwood daily (540 tonnes annually) from the forest," says EDC president Chopram Bhalavi. He adds, "The micro plan for the EDC hopes to bring employment opportunities and curb pressure on forests now." For Pitezari, a Rs1.90 crore micro plan for three years is ready.

The 10 tents have been named after popular birds like hariyal, shikra, bulbul, navrang, mayur and trees like palash, jarul and amaltas found in abundance in Nagzira. There are 30 beds available in these tents, each available for Rs 200 per day. The EDC will also supply breakfast and food.

On Friday, the facility was inaugurated by Gita Kapgate, chairman of women's and child welfare committee of Bhandara Zilla Parishad. Conservator of forests (CF) for Gondia wildlife division MS Reddy and assistant conservator (ACF) RM Saraf were also present. Saraf said more such EDCs will be set up in Mangezari and Thadezari villages.

EDC member Umraj Neware says earlier villagers were reluctant to form the committee until Reddy read out the GR and explained the idea to them. Five years ago the park had procured 20 tents that were gathering dust.

"We have made use of the tents by setting them up in two-acre premises near the entrance. We had no money to start with, but the forest department provided us with ready infrastructure. A five-member panel of village youth has been formed to look after the sankul," Neware said.

EDC member Kewalramji Uikey said the department should close down the holiday homes and some accommodation facilities inside the core area if it really wants to strengthen the EDC.

Pune-based Unison Private Limited, which is preparing ecotourism plan for Vidarbha, has already said that accommodation facilities inside Nagzira are not up to the mark.

Reddy says, "It's true that the tents at Pitezari will click only if tourists are not allowed to stay inside. We hope the new sankul will generate employment in future. Almost 80% of the income will go to the locals through the EDC."

He said the EDC didn't have money but the members contributed through labour. To ease pressure on the forest, the department will take up dairy development, supply eco-friendly chulhas and solar cookers by giving 75% grants. Plans are also afoot to help local youths purchase Gypsies for safaris through bank finance and give them vocational training at Gondia ITI.

Bhalavi said that if all goes well, the EDC will promote organic farm produce. "I'm confident that EDC will plough back profits to help locals," he adds.
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Maharashtra loses its 7th tiger in 4 months

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Thursday was a bad day for wildlife. While a full-grown tiger was found dead inside the Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, 180 kms from here in Yavatmal district, a leopard undergoing treatment at Seminary Hills nursery in the city died in the evening.

At a time when tiger population seemed to be reviving in Tipeshwar after a decade, death of suspected male tiger is disturbing. Maharashtra lost 7 tigers - 5 in Chandrapur district and two in Tipeshwar -since November 3 last year. Significantly, of the 13 tiger deaths recorded in India this year, four alone are from Maharashtra.

On November 20, a full-grown male tiger from Tipeshwar was killed by poachers at Bodhbahatar village, 300 metres from the sanctuary. The tiger died after it got entangled in a wire trap which is presumed to have been laid for herbivores.

The latest incident came to light when the severed tail of the tiger was spotted by assistant conservator of forests (ACF) Uttam Sawant while on special patrolling duty for Holi. An overpowering stench led his team to a secluded spot where they found the carcass of a tiger. The body had putrefied indicating death had occurred at least eight days ago but the field staff had failed to notice it. The tail seemed to have been bitten off by some other carnivore.

In the other incident, the 3-year-old leopardess that was injured after being hit by a train near Sindewahi railway station on February 29 died while undergoing treatment at Seminary Hills on Thursday evening.

Dr A G Bhandarkar, head of the pathology department, Nagpur Veterinary College, performed post-mortem on Friday morning. The body of the animal was taken to Sindewahi by the forest staff.

The 148 sq km Tipeshwar sanctuary has three villages inside which cause disturbance to the wildlife. Besides, poor prey base has forced tigers to mostly depend on cattle as feed. "In the past couple of months there have been reports of around 40-50 cattle kills around the sanctuary," said forest officials.

"It's a case of natural death. There is no foul play as all the body parts, including skin, are intact. Some porcupine quills had pierced into the tiger's neck. The nearby area was scanned but nothing suspicious was found," said GK Vashisht, the Pench ACF.

Chief conservator of forests (CCF) & field director A Ashraf too claimed it was a natural death as no vital part of the wildcat was missing. "The exact cause of death will be confirmed only after the post-mortem report is received," he said.

Naturalist Kundan Hate was present as the representative of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
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Tadoba now on National Geographic documentary

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The long awaited documentary series - 'Secrets of wild India - Kaziranga, Tadoba, and Desert Lions' by Ikon Films for the National Geographic Channel will finally be aired from Monday.

The series is directed by Duncan Chard with director of photography Saravanakumar Salem. David Attenborough is the narrator of the series. On March 12, film on Kaziranga will be shown, followed by Tadoba on March 13 and Desert Lions on March 14.

The second documentary of this series - Tiger Jungles - which is a 60-minute classic film on the Tadoba landscape will be aired at 8pm on March 13. This episode will be repeated on March 14 at 10am.

Harshawardhan and Poonam Dhanwatey of Tiger Research and Conservation Trust (TRACT) informed that additional photography has been done by Kalyan Varma. Special credits and thanks have been given to state forest department, TATR field director VK Sinha, ACF Ajay Pillariseth, guides Santosh Kumar and Nilakanth Magare, forest guard Nanaware Samba and Shalik Jogwe.

Executive producers for the series are Harry Marshall and Laura Marshall with Ashley Hoppin is executive producer for the National Geographic Channel.
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Umred-Karhandla eco-zone to be 63 sqkm

The ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) has declared 63.230 sqkm area as eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of Umred-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary (UKWS).
The 189sqkm UKWS, once a home of iconic tiger Jai, lies on the junction of Nagpur and Bhandara districts with Wainganga river on eastern side. It was notified as a protected area in 2013.

Interestingly, the final ESZ notification of the sanctuary comes 18 months after a draft proposal was issued seeking objections from people in 60 days in September 2015.
The area has very high biodiversity. About 22 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and many species of amphibians are found in the sanctuary, besides rich wildlife including tigers and leopards.

The 63.230 sqkm ESZ extends from 130 metres to 2.5 km from the boundary of Umred-Karhandla. It falls in the talukas of Bhiwapur, Kuhi and Umred in Nagpur and Paoni in Bhandara. The ESZ has left out a corridor between Umred-Karhandla and Brahmapuri and Purkaodi in Adyal, where dispersing population of tigers move out from the sanctuary.

Now, no new construction of hotels and resorts shall be allowed within 1 km from the boundary of Umred-Karhandla or up to the extent of the ESZ, whichever is nearer. No detrimental industries will be permitted in the ESZ either.

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