Virtual Meeting: Developing National Human-Wildlife Conflict Strategy and Action Plan for mitigating HWC, July 14

14 Jul, 2020

The Indo-German Project “Human Wildlife Conflict Mitigation (HWC)” in India organised an online meeting for the Group of Coordinators and Authors for Development of National HWC Strategy and Action Plan for mitigating Human-Wildlife Conflict on July 14th, 2020.

Mr. Soumitra Dasgupta, Additional Director General of Forests (Wildlife), MoEFCC welcomed the participants and stated the relevance and significance of timely completion of the National HWC Strategy and Action Plan, and species-specific guidelines and SOPs, being developed under the Indo-German HWC Project. Dr. Dhananjai Mohan, Director -Wildlife Institute of India reiterated the urgent need of the National HWC Strategy and Action Plan for formulating state and landscape level strategies and plans.

Dr Neeraj Khera, Team Leader HWC Project and Coordinating Lead Author, National HWC Strategy and Action Plan CLA-NAP, provided an overview of the purpose and context of the meeting, and shared overall overview of the draft strategic priority areas, goals, activities, indicator and milestones in the National HWC Strategy and Action Plan, followed by a discussion among different experts from MoEF&CC, Forest Department, Retired Forest officials, Wildlife experts supporting in the development of the document as Lead Authors, Coordinating Lead Authors and Contributing authors. The meeting received inputs from experts such as Mr. Rajiv Bhartari, PCCF Uttarakhand Forest Department; Mr. Subhash Malkhede, APPCF, Karnataka Forest Department; Mr. Ranga Rao G V, APCCF, Karnataka Forest Department; Mr. Rakesh Jagenia, DIG (Wildlife) MoEF&CC; Dr. R Gopinath, Joint Director (Wildlife) MoEF&CC; Mr. Subhankar Sen Gupta, CCF & FD, Buxa Tiger Reserve, West Bengal Forest Department; Mr. PC Tyagi, Ex- PCCF (HoFF) Tamil Nadu; Dr. SK Khanduri, Ex- IGF (Wildlife); Mr. Ajay Desai, Wildlife Expert, Dr. Eva Gross, International Wildlife Expert (Consultant, GIZ) and others.


About the project

The Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation (HWC) project implemented by GIZ in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change aims at providing technical support at the national level, and effective implementation of HWC mitigation measures in selected states of India. The project pilot sites are: Haridwar Forest Division and adjoining landscape including Rajaji Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand, Gorumara Wildlife Division in West Bengal, and Kodagu Forest Circle in Karnataka.

The main objective of the project is that the rural population in project areas, where agreed guidelines and tools are applied to mitigate human-wildlife conflict, is better protected against it. The project takes the approach of harmonious coexistence, by ensuring that both—human and wildlife—are protected from conflict. Read More

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