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INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT OF WILDLIFE HABITATS

5 Jan 2018
Lok Sabha


3003. SHRIMATI POONAM MAHAJAN:
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Government has launched Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats (IDWH) scheme;

(b) if so, the details thereof including the components and activities of the Scheme;

(c) the number of protected areas in the country identified under the scheme, State/UT-wise;

(d) the amount of funds spent by the Government since the inception of IDWH scheme, year-wise; and

(e) whether IDWH has been effective in terms of saving critically endangered species from extinction since the inception of the Scheme and if so, the details thereof?

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE (DR. MAHESH SHARMA)

(a) and (b) The ‘Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats’ (IDWH) is an on-going Centrally Sponsored Scheme which has been made operational by adding more components and activities to the erstwhile Centrally Sponsored Scheme- ‘Assistance for the Development of National Parks and Sanctuaries’ during the 11th Plan Period. Under IDWH, the financial assistance is provided to State/UT Governments for protection and conservation of wildlife and its habitats in Protected Areas (PAs) as well as outside PAs and also for the recovery programmes of the critically endangered species.

The scheme has following three components:

i. Support to Protected Areas (National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Conservation reserves and Community Reserves).
ii. Protection of Wildlife outside Protected Areas.
iii. Recovery programmes for saving critically endangered species and habitats.

The activities supported under the scheme are:
i. Management planning and capacity building.
ii. Anti-poaching and infrastructure development.
iii. Restoration of habitats.
iv. Ecodevelopment and community oriented activities.
(c) All the Protected Areas (excluding Tiger reserves) are covered under this Scheme.

(d) Year-wise details of funds released to State/UT Governments since the inception of IDWH is given on the Annexure.

(e) IDWH has helped in conservation and improvement of habitats of the critically endangered species like Asiatic lion, Snow leopard, Hangul, Manipur Brow-antlered deer, Nilgiri Tahr, Great Indian bustard, Asian wild buffalo, Edible-nest Swiftlets, Vulture etc. Population of the critically endangered species like lion, vulture, Manipur Brow-antlered deer, Edible-nest Swiftlets has increased.

 

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