Vedanthangal, India’s Oldest Bird Sanctuary, in Danger

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Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is a small, but important, protected area in Chengalpattu district, South of Chennai. It is the oldest waterfowl sanctuary in India and is home to more than 40,000 birds every winter, including many migrants and numerous rare species. A 1998 Government Order (GO MS 199) declared this lake area (73 acres / 29 ha) and a five-kilometre radius surrounding it a wildlife sanctuary under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

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Q: Is it necessary that a buffer area of a Tiger Reserve should geographically surround the Core? Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve of Karnataka has got very little notified buffer. There is a good forest patch which is adjacent/surrounding the Core but not included in buffer, please guide.

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Answer from Praveen Bhargav, Trustee, Wildlife First:

A buffer need not surround the Core. Any forest area adjacent to a Tiger Reserve can be notified as a buffer area, including areas that form a viable corridor connecting to another Reserve. For example, a notified Reserved Forest or wooded government land could be declared as a buffer area. After the recent Supreme Court Order the process to notify such areas is on and you could present your suggestions to the Field … Read More