Guidelines For Preparation Of State Action Plan For Bustards’ Recovery Programme
Owing to the widespread degradation and fragmentation of grasslands, which support some of the most threatened species of wildlife and are breeding grounds for several unique avian species, many grassland species are faced with serious threats of extinction. Bustards (family Otididae), which is a terrestrial grassland bird and includes 25 species across the world, form a threatened group.
Looking at their critical situation and high probability of extinction in the near future, the Ministry of Environment and Forests has identified the three Bustard species (Bengal Florican, Lesser Florican, Great Indian Bustard) under the Species Recovery component of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme - Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats (CSS-IDWH). A Task Force was constituted by the Ministry on September 17, 2010 with a mandate to look into the issue of conservation of bustards in India and to prepare an Action Plan for the same.
These guidelines are based on the recommendations of the Task Force to enable the State Governments to prepare site-specific Action Plans for onward submission to the Ministry for financial assistance.
View the detailed guidelines issued by the MoEF at http://envfor.nic.in/assets/wl-2072012.pdf.
Source: Sanctuary Asia.