Tiger reserve will bring in Central funds towards the maintenance and protection of the forest
Environmentalist and member of the National Wildlife Board (NWB) Rajendra Kerkar said declaration of the area as a tiger reserve will have no impact on the rights of the inhabitants in the protected site.
“As per the notification issued by the Union Ministry in 2014, the rights of the people residing in eco sensitive zones of tiger reserves, remain intact, wherein they are allowed to undertake agriculture, horticulture, eco-tourism works, etc,” said Kerkar.
While there are apprehensions in the mind of people residing in these areas, the government as well as environmentalists claim that the move will have no impact on developments undertaken by the local communities and will certainly restrain them from undertaking illegal activities like poaching and commercial activities.
Kerkar claims that tiger reserve will bring in Central funds towards the maintenance and protection of the forest, amelioration of the habitat and more importantly for Goa eco-development of the people living in the buffer areas of the reserve.
“At the same time, the notification gives the government powers to rehabilitate the people, if they so demand,” Kerkar said adding that the locals are prohibited from undertaking major commercial activities.
He clarified that the inhabitants would have no right on illegally encroached forest areas.
“Given that the forests of Goa have human settlements there will be need to protect these habitations and not just the people living in the buffer zone of the reserve,” he said.