Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, and Trichy districts have been chosen for the development of facilities that would provide emergency care and rehabilitation for Wildlife. In order to help in the protection and conservation of elephants, the establishment of an Elephant Sanctuary in the Agasthyamalai range of Southern Tamil Nadu has been proposed. this new Sanctuary is meant to conserve Elephant habitats of the Southern districts comprising – Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, and Tenkasi This elephant sanctuary will be in addition to the existing four Elephant Sanctuaries in Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Srivilluputtur, and Anaimalai.
With regards to protecting the endangered, rare species known as Sea Cows or Dugong, the Government has announced the setting up of Sea Cow Sanctuary, which would be India’s first, in the Marine regions such as Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay. The species has been threatened owing to the destruction of its feed, which includes ocean surface weeds and seagrass, weeds. According to Supriya Sahu, IAS, Principal Secretary Environment and Forests, the reserve meant to protect the Dugong and its habitat, the feed would span 500kms.
Government of Tamil Nadu will set up India’s first Dugong Conservation Reserve in the Palk BayDugong or the sea cow is an endangered marine species & survives on seagrass that is found in the area.The conserve will cover an area of 500 Kms #Dugong #TNForest #TNBudget @mkstalin pic.twitter.com/6V149A5OD3
— Supriya Sahu IAS (@supriyasahuias) September 3, 2021
In order to track wildlife crimes, native breeds of sniffer dogs would be trained and deployed in the forest regions. Whereas in case of maritime wildlife crimes and smuggling, the Environment and Forest Ministry has announced the formation of a specially-trained Marine Elite Force.
For eliminating and removing alien and invasive plant species that are detrimental to local vegetation and forests, the Government proposes to consult experts and take action. The Government has announced that it would be allocating Rs.10cr as funds for providing compensation for damages caused by wildlife on life and property.