ANDHRA PRADESH

Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary declared tiger reserve

Home for tigers:The Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary in Adilabad.—A file photo  

The government has issued an order declaring the Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary in Adilabad district as the Kawal Tiger Reserve. This will be the second tiger reserve in Andhra Pradesh after Srisailam.

The order issued on Tuesday said the notified Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary, which spreads over an area of 892.23 sq.km, would form the core of Kawal Tiger Reserve and an area of 1,123.212 sq.km of surrounding notified forests would form the buffer of the tiger reserve.

Approved in 2011

The National Tiger Conservation Authority, Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, had accorded approval for creation of Kawal Tiger Reserve in September, 2011.

The expert committee constituted under Section 38 V of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, for the purpose, also identified and recommended the area for creation of buffer to the core of Kawal Tiger Reserve. The area constitutes notified forest blocks in Adilabad, Bellampalli, Jannaram and Nirmal forest divisions of Adilabad district.

Co-existence

The order said that the co-existence between wildlife and human activity should continue with due recognition of the livelihood, developmental, social and cultural rights and also the rights as per ROFR Act of the local people, in consultation with the gram sabhas concerned and expert committee constituted for the purpose.

Rights of villagers

The declaration of tiger reserve would not disturb the right of the villagers to use existing pathways and traditional ways for their movement in the area. Rights of villagers living in enclosures over minor forest produce would be recognised and continued with the approval of the Chief Wildlife Warden, the order said.