Nagaland Wildlife Warden for action plan to protect Amur Falcon
The Nagaland Chief Wildlife Warden (CWW) has recommended that an Amur Falcons Action Plan be drawn up to protect the birds, a protected species of migratory birds that annually make their passage through certain regions of the state.
According to sources in the report, the Chief Wildlife Warden T Lotha referred to the recent report released by the NGO, Conservation India, which indicated that 12000 to 14000 of the birds were being killed daily and 120000 to 140000 annually in the Doyang Reservoir area under Wokha district.
While maintaining that the estimation was an exaggeration and incorrect, the CWW admitted that some killings did take place and assured that such incidents will not be allowed to happen in future.
The CWW said the legal frameworks in this regard were not conducive for enforcement unless hunting rules were framed.
The report also felt that the authority of North Eastern Electrical Power Corporation (NEEPCO), Doyang, should take proactive steps so that poachers do not put up nets around Doyang reservoir which is under their control.
The CWW further informed that a report had been submitted to the DIGF (WL) attached to the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment and Forests as sought by them whereby actions taken and further recommended actions have been intimated.
Further actions include eco-tourism in Amur Falcon bearing areas; declaration of 'closed period' during the influx of Amur Falcon; posting of Wildlife Squads at the sites before the arrival of Amur Falcon; budgetary provision/mobilization of fund and resources for; to withhold developmental funds such as MNREGA, Village Development Fund, Compensation and schemes from the defaulting village; and drawing up Amur Falcons Action Plan for the State, among others, the report said.