Telangana: Historic Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary gets place in MEE with 68% good
MEE of 146 National Parks And Wildlife Sanctuaries released by Union Environment and Forests Minister Prakash Javadekar, 3 sanctuaries from Telangana have been identified and among them Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuaries stood at the best (68) per cent. Dr. S.K. Khanduri, IFS, Former IG (WL), MoEFCC Dr. E.A Jayson, Research Coordinator, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Kerala Dr. Arun Mani Dixit, Consultant World Bank Center for Environment and Social Concerns (CESC) Shri Vinod D.K., IFS, Scientist on Deputation to WII are the evaluators. The details given here are as follows.
A system for monitoring the status of management planning for the PAs may be set up in the Ministry with incentives and checks through the ongoing central assistance arrangements.
States in general may be advised to develop a system of documentation of field related information by the field staff during their field visits, and simultaneous collation of such information for building a robust information base. This can be a very useful way of assessment of the state of PA for management planning.
Peoples interface on PA management is overall very weak everywhere. A focused approach to encourage this would be useful in not only participatory work on conservation, but also for management of the ESZs now notified for almost all PAs.
Administrative arrangements of several PAs in the states of Telangana and AP need a relook. After the reorganization of the forest divisions, such PAs are distributed in more than one units and so challenges of coordination and management focuses exist. States of AP and Telangana may be advised to look into the need of a unified management command for each PA.
Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary: The compact expanse of the sanctuary, its open grasslands and its perennial streams provide a good habitat for wildlife. The large Pocharam Reservoir nearby makes the water regime of the area sustainable and provides opportunities for integrating tourism into environment education by designing a tourism circuit.
The proximity to Hyderabad and suburban areas provides opportunities for scaling up the number of visitors by developing environment education facilities. Tourism will provide the local people economic stakes. Support for conservation education and network of anti-poaching camps/ watchtowers may be provided on priority in the APOs.
Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary, Telangana MEE Score- 68.33% (Good)
The compact nature of the sanctuary, its open grasslands and its perennial streams provide a good habitat for wildlife.
The large Pocharam Reservoir nearby makes the water regime of the area sustainable, and provides opportunities for integrating tourism into environment education by designing a tourism circuit.
The proximity to Hyderabad and suburban areas provides opportunities for scaling up the number of visitors by developing environment education facilities and thus providing economic benefits to the local people through tourism.
The sanctuary is not ecologically connected to the larger landscape, giving rise to concerns about its viability and dispersal.
Though the area was a hunting ground of the erstwhile rulers, no management infrastructure was observed in the PA.
The PA management has not institutionalized the collation and analysis of data collected through censuses or field observations. As a result, there is a lack of information about the flora, fauna and ecological aspects of the area.
Immediate Actionable Points
A network of anti-poaching camps and watchtowers may be established to ensure that the perambulating staff have appropriate shelter and monitoring facilities.
A system of recording information of interest, such as sightings, evidence of animals, Human Wildlife Conflict cases, kills and incidences of fire, by the staff and collation and analysis for building an information base may be started and institutionalized in the PA itself.
The sanctuary has many good open areas that are ideal for herbivores. Nurturing these by occasional interventions such as seasonal closing and seeding of palatable species may help restore the habitat.
EDCs may be made functional primarily for participation in the primary response to HWC cases.