Wildlife Conservation: Is it enough?

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We are a nation inhabiting diverse amount of flora and fauna. Globally, a lot of faunal Indian species (e.g. Gray Wolf (Canis lupus pallipes), Kalij pheasant (Lophura leucomelanos) have been categorized in IUCN red list as “least concern”, but in India these have been put under Schedule I species of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

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Found in the foothills of Himalayan range, these birds generally face the threat of habitat loss, hunting for sport or food and excessive use of pesticides.
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Initially considered as vermins, these Gray Wolf species face the major threat of culling and loss of habitat (grasslands).

Earlier unawareness amongst the masses had led our country to a loss of such species but now realizing the stake, some of us as Indians have gone ahead of many international organizations and made efforts to protect our wildlife.

Indian Efforts

The first ever effort taken by India was the release of Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 which kept getting revised over time according to the status of the species. Then, many independent parties started making individual conservation efforts to protect the wildlife (e.g. Chipko movement).

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The status of conservation in India has evolved considerably over the years to a great extent due to the establishment of organizations such as Centre for Science and EnvironmentWildlife Trust of India, World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bombay Natural History Society, among others. People at a higher scale in India are now aware of the consequences of losing flora and fauna due to such organizations. Studies are now being undertaken to assess the existing flora and fauna of protected areas, forests and reserved forests. Species are being mapped in their original habitat. Afforestation is taking place even at school levels now. Hearing the pleas of such organizations, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has finally begun taking actions. We are now a nation trying to conserve every single one of the species whether it is flora or fauna because a lot of our people have realized the importance of losing even one individual. But are we really doing everything we can? Hunting and poaching still exist in India. The Forest department still lags behind in their efforts. Actions taken on illegal activities destroying the habitat of these species are still not strict enough.

The biggest questions: Are we really serious? Is it Enough?

The exploding population of India is thought of as a curse by many. But if every single one of our fellow Indians starts taking initiatives of protecting wildlife in India, the curse may be thought of as a blessing over time.  If we as living beings have a right to live and breathe as much of the natural resources then so do the species that cannot communicate their problems. The day each one of us realizes that, is the day it will be enough.


References: 

  1. Ananda Banerjee. 2015. “India’s Disregarded Wolves.” DownToEarth. https://www.downtoearth.org.in/coverage/indias-disregarded-wolves-46355 (January 20, 2019).

2. IUCN. 2018. “IUCN Red List of Threatened Species | IUCN.” IUCN red               list. https://www.iucn.org/resources/conservation-tools/iucn-red-list-               threatened-species (January 20, 2019).

3. McGowan, P, and P J Garson. 1995. IUCN/SSC Action Plans for the                     Conservation of Biological Diversity Phaesants: Status Survey and                     Conservation Action Plan 1995-1999.

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11 comments

  1. I encourage you to check out the recent declassification of Kachua Wildlife Sanctuary in Varanasi.

    The government has declassified it for development activities off the coast of Ganga and assigned a new protected area near Allahabad.

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  2. Very interesting topic……if we keep on exploiting our flora and fauna at this rate we are in store for harsh consequences. We as nation and individuals are not doing enough to protect it for future generations… Conservation should be made mandatory curriculum in schools and colleges.Unless we are already gigantic steps we will not be able to save our flora and fauna for future generations…

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  3. Wild life is a precious gift of God to the planet. These articles will certainly aware the government as well as public to help conserve it which is the need of the day.

    Excellent article! Keep it up Srishti.

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  4. I feel Your efforts would definitely bring some difference in the society. I fully agree with you Srithi that If we as living beings have a right to live and breathe as much of the natural resources then so do the species that cannot communicate their problems. I also feel that Wildlife conservation is not only the duty or responsibility of Govt bodies. The conservation of species of Flora and fauna requires the support of every inhibitant of India by restricting Illegal poaching and trading and usage of animal products. Rigorous collective efforts should be made to conserve.

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