Rajasthan Conservation Reserve
The recent declaration of three regions as conservation reserves by the Rajasthani government has inspired hope for the state’s tourist and wildlife conservation projects. In order to protect rare and endangered species and act as a haven for migrating birds, the government has designated Sorsan in Baran, Khichan in Jodhpur, and Hamirgarh in Bhilwara as conservation reserves.
Conservation Reserve in Rajasthan
In accordance with the Forest Conservation Act of 1990, all development projects in areas designated as conservation reserves must receive approval from the National Board for Wildlife and the State Board of Wildlife. In order to achieve the following goals, the Rajasthan Forest Department has set rigorous standards for these new reserves:
Establishing a safe habitat for the severely endangered great Indian bustard, which can be found in the grasslands of Sorsan in Baran. There may just be 200 of this bird species left in the world, according to estimates on its alarmingly low population.
The preservation of the blackbuck, Rajasthan’s official animal. Blackbuck populations have been shrinking as a result of widespread hunting, deforestation, and habitat degradation.
Establishing at Khichan a safe haven for demoiselle cranes, also called “Kurjan” locally. In the state, these birds are frequently spotted in the winter.
Boosting Conservation Efforts and Ecotourism:
Protecting Endangered Species: Sorsan Conservation Reserve
A conservation reserve has been established in Baran’s Sorsan to protect rare and endangered wildlife, including the great Indian bustard (GIB) and blackbucks. With only 200 of these birds left in the world, the main goal of the conservation reserve is to establish a safe environment for them. The reserve also works to protect the blackbuck, the state mammal, from over-the-top hunting, deforestation, and habitat damage.
Winter Home for Migratory Birds: Khichan Conservation Reserve
To provide a winter home for migrating birds, mainly demoiselle cranes, who are present in the state during the winter, Jodhpur’s Khichan has been classified as a conservation reserve. The purpose of the conservation reserve is to develop a safe home for these birds during their migration. The state’s wildlife tourism is expected to increase as a result of this action.
Existing Wildlife Conservation Reserves in Rajasthan:
The addition of three new reserves has strengthened Rajasthan’s commitment to wildlife protection. The state already has 26 wildlife conservation reserves. Bisalpur Conservation Reserve in Tonk, Jodbeed Gadhwala Bikaner Conservation Reserve in Bikaner, Khetri Bansyal Conservation Reserve in Jhunjhunu, and Jawai Bandh Leopard Conservation Reserve in Pali are only a few of the state’s well-known current conservation reserves.
With the inclusion of these additional reserves, Rajasthan now has a total of 29 conservation reserves, guaranteeing the preservation of a variety of plant and animal species in safe environments.
Conservation Reserve Declared By Rajasthan
Conservation reserves are essential to fulfilling the important goals of protecting endangered species and preserving their natural ecosystems. The National Board for Wildlife and the State Board of Wildlife must both approve any development projects in protected zones under the terms of the Forest Protection Act of 1990. This guarantees a balance between conservation and development initiatives, enabling their peaceful coexistence in the long term.
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