EVEN AS the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun has still not been able to publicise the final results of the National Wildlife Census – 2006, the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department is planning not to get the census conducted every year.
The department is yet to decide the regularity with which the census would be held, but it is likely to become a biennial affair. “Since the changes recorded in the census are very minute each year, the department is planning to discontinue conducting the massive exercise annually’’, State Forest Department Additional PCCF H S Pabla told the Hindustan Times.
Justifying the decision further, Pabla added, “The exercise is a very expensive and extensive affair requiring a lot of manpower and logistics”.
The PCCF pointed out that the forest departments of states were not bound to conduct the wildlife census each year any way. “There is already no such rule that the census has to be conducted annually’’, Pabla averred.
He added that the Government of India also mandates that the census be held every four years. “The census should be held within such a time frame that the percentage of error anticipated in the exercise is not equal to the rate of growth or decline of a species’’, Pabla reasoned.
He, nevertheless, stated the results of last year’s census were likely to come in very soon. “We recently had a talk with the WII officials and they have assured us that the wildlife census results would be publicised within a fortnight’’, Pabla maintained.
Interestingly, the findings of the annual wildlife census held in 2006 have not been announced as yet and have been delayed by over six months. In 2005 too, the MP Forest Department had conducted the census in Protected Areas
(Sanctuaries and National Parks) leaving out the remaining forest areas of the State.
The last wildlife census findings for the entire State available with the Forest Department date back to 2004. In 2005, the department had made available the census findings of only Protected Areas as per which there were 394 tigers and 547 panthers.
The wildlife census 2006 was carried out in three stages after adopting a new methodology, as devised by the WII.
In the new system, the role of state forest departments was reduced to only data collection while the data that was collected during the exercise was subsequently sent to the WII for final analysis and declaration of results.
The WII had to announce the final results of the countrywide census by June 2006. The findings of the 2006 census have however not been announced as yet and have been delayed by over six months.
According to Additional PCCF the wildlife census is a very expensive and massive exercise
Findings of the annual wildlife census held in 2006 have not been announced yet
In 2005 too, the MP Forest Department had conducted the census in Protected Areas alone
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