Brainstorming for conservation

Posted by: Dr Ashwinikumar Pawade on

We are all farily familiar with the problems facing our wilderness and wildlife. It is time that we concentrate on and contribute to the solutions, not just the broad principles but the specifics.  I also believe that effective conservation can only be achieved by a joint effort from the government, the NGOs and the citizens. With so many Tiger-related NGOs around and new ones sprouting up every day, it will not be difficult to recruit them.  To that effect, I would like to start with my thoughts pertaining to one of the important issues - quick settlement of the compensation to prevent revenge killing of the tigers by lacing the cattle carcass with poison.

Some of the compensation cases drag on for weeks and monthsdriving the poor people to despair and revenge. It must therefore be made mandatorythat the compensation is paid out quickly, certainly within 7 days of thedetection of cattle/human carcass. As soon as the owner of the cattle discoversthe carcass, s/he must immediately inform the local police/forest officer whowill then get in touch with the compensating authority.  The carcass will then be examined bytwo people – one from the forestry/police department and an NGO volunteertrained for the purpose.  The examinationfindings must be supported by digital photographs of the carcass, its woundsand its surroundings, as well as a GPS reading of the co-ordinates tofacilitate verification of the alleged spot if necessary. Once the cause ofdeath is ascertained as a tiger or a leopard, there should be an on the spot Panchanama” and money released for the owner.  The compensation payment should be madedirectly to the owner of the cattle via conduits such as money-telegram towhich only s/he has access.  Allcash transactions should be avoided. This will reduce the chances of any mischief, false claims andcommissions although they cannot be completely ruled out.