Monday 02 October 2017Press Information Bureau
On October 2, 2017, the Union Minister of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, inaugurated the Global Wildlife Programme in New Delhi, and also released the National Wildlife Action Plan (2017-31). Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the NWAP has been made landscape-based, rather than sanctuary, or national park-based. The NWAP focuses on preservation of genetic diversity and sustainable development, and has 5 components, 17 themes, 103 conservation actions, and 250 projects.
The five components are:
strengthening and promoting the integrated management of wildlife and their habitats;
adaptation to climate change and promoting integrated sustainable management of aquatic biodiversity in India;
promoting eco-tourism, nature education and participatory management;
strengthening wildlife research and monitoring of development of human resources in wildlife conservation; and
enabling policies and resources for conservation of wildlife in India.
The Plan will help mainstream wildlife conservation in development planning processes. The Minister also launched the India Wildlife Mobile App to mark the occasion. The Environment Secretary emphasized that some new action issues have been considered in the Third National Wildlife Action Plan. These issues include – climate change and wildlife, wildlife health, inland, coastal and marine conservation, and wildlife conflict mitigation.