CHANDRAPUR: As many as 28 tiger cubs were born in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) in 2010. But since many tigers also move out of TATR, protection in core area as well as corridors in imperative. This was one of the main issues highlighted at a workshop 'Vision Tadoba' to mark the 16th foundation day of TATR on Wednesday.
During the workshop, wildlife activists expressed concern over protection of tigers and constriction of corridors in Tadoba landscape, and gave valuable suggestions over sustainable development of buffer area of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR).
The state forest department, under the banner of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Conservation Foundation, had organised the workshop with the objective of seeking, suggesting and roping in the support of NGOs in chalking out the development plan for 79 villages in buffer area and its implementation in coming days, said CF and field director, TATR, Vinaykumar Sinha. Regional manager, North FDCM, SH Patil, who is former field director of TATR, pointed out issues hindering better management of wildlife in Tadoba landscape.
Key issues like steps needed for protection of ecology, regulation for conservation and protection of wildlife, and socioeconomic measures for development of TATR and its buffer area were discussed during the programme.
NGO activist Yogesh Doodhpachare strongly opposed the move of tourism ministry to open three more entrance gates in TATR, while Sachin Wazalwar demanded regular updating of checklist of flora and fauna and satellite mapping of landscape and maintaining standard records to analyse the shifting perception of landscape.
Ex-wildlife warden (honorary) Uday Patel voiced concern over constricting tiger corridors and pressed for active involvement of NGOs in protection and conservation of wildlife. He also stressed for effective control of forest fires and prohibition of illegal plucking of tendu leaves and bamboo felling to prevent habitat degradation.
"As many as 28 tiger cubs were born in TATR during 2010, but the spill over rate of tiger from TATR too is high. Around 8-10 tigers move out of core area into buffer and forest ahead. Hence, conservation of speedily degrading corridors is necessary," said Patel.
Wildlife activist Bandu Dhotre expressed concern over the blockage passages out of tiger reserve for wildlife due to mushrooming tourist resorts and demanded shifting all resorts out of buffer area. He gave suggestions for economical development of villagers living in buffer area.
Around 50 wildlife activists connected to different NGOs along with the representative of tourist resorts, tourist vehicle operators and guides took part in the workshop. CF, Chandrapur circle, GRK Rao, DCF Madan Kulkarni, DCF Ravi Govekar along with senior NGOs activists like Sanjay Karkare, Harshawardhan Dhanwatey and others guided the attendees.
Forest authorities assured to document the valuable suggestions of NGO activists given in the workshop and forward it to higher authorities and government for consideration.
The forest officials assured to consider demands such as Promotion of village oriented ecotourism, checking of mushrooming of tourist resorts around TATR and better residential facility and additional incentive for staff.
However, forest officers responded in negative to some suggestions such as shifting core area of TATR to minimise human pressure on forestand building boundary wall to prevent movement of wildlife in non-forest areas from TATR.