By Linah Baliga
MUMBAI: The once common bustard species of Maharashtra, viz. Great Indian Bustard (GIB) or Maldhok and Lesser Florican or Tanmor have been increasingly coming under severe threat in recent times, due to habitat destruction.
BNHS-India has been working for bustard conservation for over a decade across India.
At a recent joint workshop in Pune, organized by BNHS and Maharashtra Forest Department (Pune Wildlife Circle), in-situ conservation plans for GIB and Lesser Florican were discussed.
This plan is expected to be implemented from April, with funding from the state government. BNHS will help in field research and awareness.
The workshop was attended by the Secretary Forests, PCCF (Wildlife) Maharashtra, APCCF (Wildlife) Nagpur, APCCF (Wildlife) Borivli, CCF (Wildlife) Pune, ACF (Wildlife) Pune, DFO (Wildlife) Pune, BNHS researchers, representatives of various local forest department staff and local NGOs.