Orissa prepares elephant management plan

Concerned over the death of elephants due to electrocution, the Orissa government today said the state has prepared an elephant management plan and identified specific corridors for the pachyderms.

Bhubaneswar: Concerned over the death of
elephants due to electrocution, the Orissa government today said the state has prepared an elephant management plan and identified specific corridors for the pachyderms.

"Death of human beings due to elephants and death of
elephants due to human activity and electrocution are matters
of serious concern," Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said while
addressing a function to mark the 56th Wildlife Week here.

Patnaik`s "concern" came after the Union Environment
and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh recently urged him to
intervene into largescale death of elephants due to
electrocution.

"It can be controlled to a great extent if the state
electricity authorities are vigilant and follow the guidelines
issued by Central Electricity Authority," Ramesh had written
to the chief minister.

According to official reports, as many as 155
elephants were killed in the state in the last 10 years due to
electrocution.

Stating that the plan has already been framed, Patnaik
said elephant corridors are being identified.

"The increase of compassionate grant relating to
wildlife depredation is under consideration of government," he
said adding training and deployment of Kunki elephants in selected places is a new approach.
"Major issues facing wildlife conservation programmes
in the state are fragmentation and degradation of wildlife
habitats, rising man-animal conflict, increasing demand for
wildlife & wildlife products globally leading to poaching."
While honouring noted wildlife journalist Amarendra
Lal Bose and former IFS officer S K Patnaik with Biju Patnaik
Award for Wildlife Conservation 2010, Patnaik said the
Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan for the state has put
emphasis on conservation of marine fauna.

The Climate Change Action Plan of the state has a
thrust for protection of forest, mangrove ecosystem and
wildlife conservation, he said.

PTI

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