Endangered species: India
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2015: Assistance by centre for protection
The Times of India, Jul 09 2015
Govt sanctions Rs 20cr to save five endangered animals
Waking up to the dwindling number of certain endangered species, the Centre has decided to step up efforts to protect five of them -Dugong (sea cow), Gangetic dolphin, Great Indian Bustard, Manipur brow antler deer (Sangai) and wild water buffalo for now and take up others in due course. The exercise will include taking up habitat and speciespecific conservation measures, based on global standards. The states will also be approached to take part in these efforts through policy intervention while keeping in mind livelihood issues.Initial assistance of Rs 20 crore has been earmarked.The amount will increase once the government is able to unlock its Rs 38,000 crore fund by getting a proposed egislation to this effect passed during the monsoon session of Parliament.
Besides increasing forest cover of the country , the fund ying unspent for years with an ad hoc body -Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) -is also meant to protect endangered species of flora and fauna including conservation of wildlife reserves and ecologically sensitive areas.
The decision to spare Rs 20 crore for protecting five species was taken on Wednesday in the meeting of the National CAMPA Advisory Council (NCAC), chaired by environment and forests minister Prakash Javadekar. The council in its meeting sanctioned Rs 162 crore out of total Rs 250 crore unspent money that had got accumulated over the past five years. Though the Supreme Court had allowed the government to clear project sworks worth Rs 50 crore every year, the Centre could not spend the money.
Other initiatives include creation of city forests under 200 municipal bodies across the country through urban forestry' scheme, launching of `school nurseries' programme, setting up biomass-based power project in Arunachal Pradesh and monitoring of corals and mangrove in the Islands.