National Level Plan Drawn To Protect Endangered Bustard And Floricans

Bustards - Pushed to the edge
Ramki Sreenivasan
Great Indian Bustards in a grassland patch adjoining a cotton field

A draft plan for national recovery of the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) and the endangered Lesser Florican (Sypheotides indica) has been submitted by a special task force to the MoEF. The ‘Draft Guidelines for Species Recovery Programmes’– is hosted on the MoEF website. Comments/suggestions are invited from civil society owithin a week of issue of this notification, the website says.

“There is an immediate need for an executable plan both at the national and the state level to handle this crisis and government funding is not an issue,” says Prakriti Srivastava, deputy inspector general of forests (wildlife) in her cover letter for the recovery plans.

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