FOREST DEPARTMENT PLANS TO CURB MAN-ANIMAL CONFLICT IN YAVATMAL - 17th December 2013

Vijay Pinjarkar,TNN
 
NAGPUR: Yavatmal, Aurangabad and Kolhapur territorial circles have reported huge economic losses due to man-wildlife conflict. Now,Yavatmal circle has formulated a strategy to minimize these losses by adopting preventative measures.

Yavatmal circle organised the first such workshop for its officers and staff on December 14 and 15. Around 30 selected forest officers and staff from four forest divisions were trained in this workshop by the Satpuda Foundation - a NGO working for wildlife conservation.
The Forest Department has taken steps to train staff to avoid or minimise the instances where humans, as well as livestock, lose their life, get injured or suffer through heavy crop damage by wildlife.

"Such a workshop helps plan strategies for preventative measures rather than simply paying compensation for losses," said the Satpuda Foundation president and member of state wildlife board.

Dr G N Wankhade, former HoD of zoology at Amravati University, explained how to use laboratory research to investigate the causes of conflict. Nishikant Kale of the Nature Conservation Society Amravati (NCSA) explained how media tools can be used to make villagers aware in the conflict zones.

NCSA executive officer Kunal Potode, Satpuda Foundation conservation officer Saket Agasti and Akola district head of Satpuda Foundation Amol Sawant, conducted group exercises for the participants.

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