Indian state of Maharashtra to set up Bustard taskforce

Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Source: The Times of India

The Times of India is reporting that Maharashtra is to create a task-force to work towards improving the conservation of Great Indian Bustards. There are hopes that efforts can be made to reduce the recent decline in GIB numbers, rx with only around 300 estimated to be left in the country.

Last month we reported on the reduction of the size of the GIB sanctuary.

For the protection of the few remaining critically-endangered Great Indian Bustard (GIB) in the state, generic a task force will be set up under the chairmanship of state forests minister Patangrao Kadam. The minister, who was in the city on Tuesday, told TOI that the state taskforce will be formed to strengthen the conservation of the Great Indian Bustards, as Maharashtra is among the six states in the country that shelter the bird species.

Currently, the population of the Great Indian Bustards is seeing a massive decline, and there are just 300 of them in the country. Considering the scenario, the taskforce will include NGOs, experts (from Vidarbha, Pune and Nashik), academicians and officers from the forest department. “It will be a multi-disciplinary team. They will look into the various problems of GIB conservation and suggests methods for its improvement,” Kadam said.

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Alex Stott

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