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South Forest Ministers Jointly Tackle Elephant Menace

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Chamarajanagara: State Forest Minister Ishwara Khandre announced, “Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala have jointly committed to addressing wildlife conflict, poaching, and forest conservation.”

Addressing the inaugural coordination meeting of senior forest department officials from the three states, along with Kerala Forest Minister AK Sashindran, at a venue adjacent to the safari reception center of Bandipur Tiger Reserve on Sunday, Khandre emphasized, “This meeting is not convened under central government directives; it reflects the proactive collaboration among the southern states. It has been a productive session.”

Highlighting the natural movement of wildlife across state borders, Khandre noted, “Wild animals like elephants and tigers have historically traversed freely across Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka without any regard for state boundaries. The discussion focused on strategies to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts and crop damage caused by these animals.”

Expressing satisfaction with the conservation efforts in all three states, Khandre emphasized the need to sustain these endeavors to further enhance wildlife populations.

Addressing the challenges of wildlife-human conflict, poaching, and forest fire management, Khandre stressed the importance of leveraging technology and collaborative efforts. Proposals were made to establish an advisory committee to address issues such as the eradication of invasive species like sanna and lantana weed through technological interventions.

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