Oct 4, 2014
BAREILLY: The forest department has tied up with the district administration to increase awareness about wildlife and ecological balance among villagers living in the buffer zone of Pilibhit Tiger Reserve and nearby areas. The administration on Wednesday flagged off four mobile vans which would travel to villages in the region and spread the message of conserving wildlife. Students and voluntary organizations would also be roped in for the campaign. On the occasion of the ongoing ‘Wildlife Week’, Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) is also pitching in to inform villagers and locals about man-animal conflict and the importance of wildlife. Besides, ‘Rohilkhand nature club’ was also formed which will hold activities like bird watching, nature camps and nature treks to bring people close to Mother Nature. The tiger reserve in Pilibhit occupies around 730.25 sq km area and is home to 35 tigers. If the buffer zone is added, the reserves stretches to 1500 sq km, and it is expected to be opened soon for public. Talking to TOI, district forest officer (DFO) Dharam Singh said, “The tiger reserve will boost the population of tigers, which are endangered. The reserve land is perfect for tigers and the buffer zone will be opened for public too in the coming days.” Divisional commissioner Vipin Kumar Dwivedi said, “The campaign will be carried out to bring awareness among locals and the emphasize the importance of the tiger reserve.
Villagers residing near the buffer zone will be educated about the importance of wild animals and nature, which will help in preservation of big cats and other animals in the forest area.” DM Sanjay Kumar said, “The club will serve as a platform for locals concerned about nature and will also promote conservation of nature among the common man. The club members will create awareness by conducting seminars, workshops, audio-visual presentations and others. It has been formed to maintain a balance between wildlife and human population which is the need of the hour.” He added, “Four mobile vans will travel through villages near the buffer zone and other places, informing people about the importance of wildlife and trees to maintain ecological balance.” During the celebrations, a large number of school children from 25 schools participated in slogan writing and drawing and painting competitions. The winners were given prizes.
As posted in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com