Setback for wildlife in India: Ecozone proposals on 3 sanctuaries rejected

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The exclusion of highly populated areas near the Thattekkad, Aralam and Idukki Wildlife Sanctuaries from the ambit of Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ) notification has been rejected by an expert committee.

The 44th meeting of the committee for the declaration of ESZ around protected areas, held last month, wanted Kerala to reconsider the notifications of these sanctuaries. In the case of Thattekkad, the State did not mark any ESZ on the eastern and south-eastern side of the protected area considering the density of population in these parts.

This article was published by The Hindu on February 7, 2021.