The state of Karnataka is blessed with rewarded with ample forest cover; Karnataka expanded 1,100 sq km of forest between 2015 and 2017, according to the Indian state Forest Report-2017.
The forest area is 38,284 sqm, which is equal to 19.96 percent of its geographical area as of today.
Anyhow, with its new plan if forest department goes ahead they introduce the Karnataka Private Conservancy Rules – 2018. Today, environmentalists tell India that this will cause damage to the forests and wildlife.
The rules which are drafts states that consortium of people hold land which is a minimum 100 acres around or along protected areas will form ‘Wildlife Private Conservancy’. As well as in the construction of buildings (resorts, hotels, home-stays) the area of 5 percent can be utilized for the purpose of eco-tourism and related activities while rest of the area will be reserved for conservation of flora and fauna.
An Urban Conservationist Vijay Nishanth Today said: “forest officials struggle to maintain whatever forest land is available so it is best they concentrate whatever they have first than involve themselves in extracurricular activities”.
Conservation is much better claimed than the other plans.
The rules which are draft said that all wildlife, environment, and forest laws, rules, and regulations which will be applicable in these private reserves.
The management of private wildlife reserves has a management society which will be responsible for conserving, maintaining and managing the reserves.
The advice will be given by the committee to chief wildlife warden on all such issues.
The panel is consist of three members – the jurisdictional forest officer not below the rank of an RFO, owner of the private wildlife reserve, a wildlife conservationist.
On Monday, a meeting was held where all the experts and civilians took part in a stakeholder’s meet.
While speaking to India today many people say that if the rule will come into effect, it will help the large landholders to make money out of it instead of helping them in conservation.
Narender who was an activist and he took a part in the meeting tells India. Today, the forest department is terming this as eco-tourism.
He asked a question that if the forest department is adequately staffed to manage these private wildlife reserves.
What will stop them from having a private hunting ground and killing wild animals in their private forest. The department cannot stop illegal hunting, then how will they manage outside.