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Need for a state-level biodiviristy body: Pendharkar

anand Pendharkar

Only 300 Great Indian Bustards available in India

anand PendharkarMumbai: Fretting over the declining wildlife in the state, Anand pendharkar, a wildlife conservationist and researcher demanded to form a state level body that will work for the conservation of the biodiversity across the state. He also added that such bodies should be established in local language of every state of the country.

Pendharkar said, “With increasing human encroachments, hunts and vanishing settlements, 15 birds and more than six animal species in the state are endangered, as per the report released by International Union for Conservation of Nature, a global organization, working in the field of wildlife conservation,” he said.

As per the report, birds like Malabar Pied Hornbill, Lesser Flamingo, Lesser Florican, Cren, Adjutant Stork, Green Muniya, Great Indian Bustard, Forest Owlet, etc. are mentioned as endangered.

Birds like Great Indian Bustard, Vultures and Forest Owlet are on the verge of extinction.

Pendharkar said, “Great Indian Bustard were decreased to mere 300 in India. In Melghat area, only 50 Forest Owlet were seen.”

He further said, “Water pollution caused by oil leakages in ocean, releasing waste water without treatment has been creating a major threat to the water species and hence they are feared to be on the verge of extinction,” he said.

Dr. Deepak Apte, CEO, Bombay Natural History Society, said, “Excessive fishing would make species like Pomfret, Prawns, Surmai, Rawas, Dhara, Ghol endangered. Thus, it is the need of the hour to implement a scheme that would protect the sea species,” he said.

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