Addressing the inaugural session of the two-day conference of all Principal Chief Conservators of Forests and Wildlife Wardens, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar asked them to focus on the 4 ‘I’s – Image, Innovation, Initiative and Interaction. Seventy-five PCCFs and higher officials representing all the 32 States are participating in the conference.
On the occasion, the Minister emphasized the need for officers to take initiatives towards developing forests. “We must ensure that degraded forest must be converted into moderately dense forest in 10 years and moderately dense forest must be converted into dense forests in 5 years. To that end, water harvesting and changing some species is a must,” he said.
Admitting that improving the quality of forests is a major challenge, he asked wildlife institutes to take responsibility for the same. “Forest research institutes must draw up a distinct plan of improving the quality of each forest, taking the existing flora and climate into consideration,” he said.
On improving the forest and wildlife departments interaction, he suggested measures to promote people’s participation in changing the quality of forests. He also urged the officers to provide solutions to various challenges. The Minister asked officers to highlight their success stories and initiatives.
The two-day Conference will discuss various issues related to forest and wildlife, such as Forest Conservation Act, Eco Sensitive Zones (ESZs) and minimising human-wildlife conflict. Javadekar also released a report – “Management effectiveness evaluation of National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries in India, 2006-2014” on the occasion.