‘Government. committed to reducing human-wildlife conflict in Kodagu’

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Jawaid Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary, Forests, Ecology and Environment, held a meeting with Forest Ministry officials in Madikeri on the subject and reviewed various works alongside attending the 143rd Annual Meeting of the Codagu Planters’ Association

Jawaid Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary, Forests, Ecology and Environment, held a meeting with Forest Ministry officials in Madikeri on the subject and reviewed various works alongside attending the 143rd Annual Meeting of the Codagu Planters’ Association

The government was seriously pursuing various measures to mitigate the human-wildlife conflict in Kodagu, including the erection of rail barricades and rope fences, Jawaid Akhtar, additional chief secretary, Forests, Ecology and Environment, Government of Karnataka, said on Saturday.

He held a meeting with forest authority officials in Madikeri on the subject and, in addition to attending the 143rd approx Annual Meeting of the Codagu Planters’ Association.

He pointed out that rope fencing was already being installed on a trial basis in parts of Nagarahole at a cost of ₹5 crore.

The additional Chief Secretary said the issue had been discussed with the Chief Minister and additional funds had been promised, in addition to £5 crore, to help prevent wild elephants from entering the human landscape.

Mr. BN Niranjan Murthy, Conservator of Forests, Kodagu County, said efforts are being made to increase bamboo plantations in the forests on which elephants depend significantly. More than 15,000 tons of bamboo seeds have been planted to alleviate the shortage, he said. Although there were nearly 1,300 elephants in Kodagu, about 200 visited the human landscape and caused trouble.

A team from the Indo-German Project, led by Ms. Neeraja Khera, also interacted with forest officials to defuse the conflict situation. The Additional Chief Secretary and other officials also visited the Talacauvery Wildlife Sanctuary.

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