Centre committed towards combating illegal wildlife trade, says Javadekar

Stressing that the Centre was committed towards weeding out illegal wildlife trade, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday said 'Sanjay Gandhi National Park' in Mumbai was a perfect example of human-wildlife harmony.

PTI June 05, 2016 15:54:24 IST
Centre committed towards combating illegal wildlife trade, says Javadekar

Mumbai: Stressing that the Centre was committed towards weeding out illegal wildlife trade, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday said 'Sanjay Gandhi National Park' in Mumbai was a perfect example of human-wildlife harmony.

"There are so many villages within the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. There are 35 leopards along with different species of other animals. Yet, there has not been an instance of man-animal conflict at the park."

Centre committed towards combating illegal wildlife trade says Javadekar

File photo of Prakash Javadekar. Reuters

"This is a case of human-wildlife harmony that has been made possible by many efforts that will continue in future as well," Javadekar said at an event.

He said the Centre has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the US for latest technology to help in arresting those engaged in poaching.

"The government is committed to weed out illegal wildlife trade. Thus, we burn carcasses of animals, reptiles, snakes, etc. Our commitment is full and final towards the issue," he said.

"We have entered into an MoU with America to get the latest technology to arrest those engaging in poaching," he said.

"We will encourage water and fodder augmentation in urban forests and wildlife sanctuaries," he said.

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