Victims of ill-conceived policies governing forest resources and environmental conservation, the Van Gujjars, a pastoral nomadic community residing in the Rajaji National Park, are struggling to get their forest rights and entitlements under the FRA Act, 2006.

Uttarakhand's famous Rajaji Park which recently got the status of a National Park is likely to become a tiger reserve in a month, a senior forest official said.

"With a long-pending notification giving it the status of a national park already issued, we are now focusing on getting the tiger reserve status for the park," Principal chief conservator of forest (wildlife) Savya Sachi Sharma said.

Decides to open regional office in Dehradun, which will serve until permanent steps are taken

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on Wednesday decided to open a regional office in Dehradun, which will serve the State until permanent steps are taken.

A committee set up by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to probe the death of five elephants in Orissa's Ganjam district due to a speeding train has recommended that the Railways should restrict the speed of trains passing through identified vulnerable tracks in forests to a maximum 40 km per hour to prevent elephant deaths.

On the intervening night of December 29 and 30 last year, five elephants were mowed down by Coromondel Express, speeding at 110 km/hr near Subalaya in Ganjam district, when the herd was crossing the track. Incidentally, the accident occurred at the spot where the Railways had put up a warning signage of elephants crossing.

GUWAHATI: The Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) has completed 10 years of working in Assam.

Occupying only 7% of their historical range and confined to forested habitats interspersed in a matrix of human dominated landscapes, tigers (Panthera tigris) typify the problems faced by most large carnivores worldwide. With heads of governments of tiger range countries pledging to reverse the extinction process and setting a goal of doubling wild tiger numbers by 2022, achieving this target would require identifying existing breeding cores, potential breeding habitats and opportunities for dispersal.

A special Tiger Protection Force (TPF) will be set up in the Rajaji National Park soon.

The tiger population is facing a growing threat from heavy traffic with the ministry of surface transport demanding environmental clearances for 17 highways across tiger reserves from the ministry

The role of community in the management of human-wildlife conflicts, although recognized, has neither been adequately evaluated nor clearly documented. Therefore net economic loss was evaluated due to crop depredation in a PA neighboring village of Uttarakhand, capital cost of a power fence to deter wildlilfe entering the crop fields and recurring cost of maintenance, and cost of crop protection.

Dehradun: The human-wildlife conflict in the Corbett National Park and Rajaji National Park can be resolved effectively if the State Government allows relocation of villagers as successfully facilitated in the Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh.

A three-member committee from Uttarakhand Forest Department visited Kanha earlier during this month to study the case where residents of three villa