By Vijay Pinjarkar
If wildlife is being dislodged from forests, it is also struggling to find space in media. Wildlife deserves due attention especially while reporting human-wildlife conflict incidents, said journalist-turned-wildlife conservationist and former member of National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) Prerna Singh Bindra, on Wednesday.
Addressing participants of an international course from tiger range countries including Bangladesh, Nepal and India at Amravati University, Bindra explained how media played an important role in supporting few campaigns in India to protect the forests or resolve environmental issues.
Along with the national English newspapers, she also lauded the efforts and impact of local and regional newspapers as forest and wildlife is on concurrent list and can be better solved at the local or state level.
The participants are learning how to use conservation education as a tool to change the behaviour of various target groups of communities to resolve tiger conservation issues. Former member of standing committee of NBWL Kishor Rithe has designed the course.
Bindra said some times a wrong picture is presented while reporting incidents of human-wildlife conflict. She urged the participants and explained how they should work closely with journalists to address this issue.
According to latest worldwide surveys, the coverage on climate change, forest and wildlife in media has reduced but media in Vidarbha seems to be an exception. Bindra appreciated the wide and huge coverage received to wildlife issues in the newspapers of Vidarbha.
Zubair Fahad, participant from Bangladesh, proposed a vote of thanks. Satpuda Foundation, in collaboration with Amravati University, state forest department, Nature Conservation Society Amravati (NCSA) and Environment Education Conservation Global (EECG), USA, have organised the three-week course.