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Prakash Javadekar said an alert system designed by the National Remote Sensing Agency would be utilized at the time of disasters like fire and floods. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Prakash Javadekar said an alert system designed by the National Remote Sensing Agency would be utilized at the time of disasters like fire and floods. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Wildlife tracking system soon

Technology important in tiger conservation, says Prakash Javadekar

New Delhi: The environment and forests minister on Tuesday said that a tracking system will soon be implemented by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in collaboration with the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) to reduce wildlife crimes in tiger reserves.

Technology is important in the field of tiger conservation, Prakash Javadekar said, while addressing the 10th meeting of NTCA.

Javadekar said that the alert system designed by the National Remote Sensing Agency, which is part of the department of space, would be utilised at the time of disasters like fire and floods.

While adapting technology for conservation is a good idea, the government can’t ignore the fact that implementation on the ground for basic protection is critical, said Praveen Bhargav, managing trustee of Wildlife First, a Bangalore-based non-governmental organization.

“Quality leadership on the ground is the only sure shot formula to boost the morale and efficiency of field patrol units for securing tigers," Bhargav said.

On Monday’s Supreme Court order that termed coal block allocations since 1993 as illegal, Javadekar said that the decision will ultimately benefit the country.

The Supreme Court had said that coal mines allocated between 1993 and 2010 were done in an arbitrary manner and were therefore illegal. The court will have a separate hearing on 1 September to see whether to cancel the blocks or impose penalty. It examined the allocation of 218 blocks.

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