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Saving forests and wildlife goes hand in hand

  • Published
    10th Oct, 2023

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Due to the depletion of forest cover, wild animals stray into areas occupied by humans. Measures to tackle this have not been very successful, with conflicts ensuing between humans and animals.

Need to Address Global Warming and Conservation

  • Escalating Global Warming Crisis:Unprecedented temperature records since July 2019 is an alarming consequence for ecosystems and agriculture.
  • Developed vs. Developing Nations in Climate Responsibility: Developed nations responsible for global warming, while developing countries bear its brunt.Lack of financial aid for climate resilience hampers transition to green energy, prolonging fossil fuel dependency.
  • Emphasis on Carbon Capture and Forest Conservation: To combat global warming, capturing carbon and preserving forests are crucial.

Challenges and Remedies in Forest Conservation

  • Human-Induced Forest Degradation:Illicit activities like tree cutting, grazing, and encroachments degrade forests, displacing wildlife.Livestock grazing disrupts feed availability for wild animals, violating their precedence in forest use.
  • Rising Human-Wildlife Conflicts: Degraded and fragmented forests prompt wildlife to stray, heightening human-wildlife clashes.
  • Persistent Challenges: Encroachment clearance and native tree plantation efforts in Karnataka are commendable.Tiger and elephant population growth ahead of schedule leading to concern over diminishing habitats.

Wildlife Conservation in Forest Preservation

  • Tackling Forest Fires and Climate Disruption:Forest fires are a global concern which release substantial carbon and leads to climate change and disrupts ecosystems.
  • Urge for Global Collaboration:There is a need for global collaborative efforts to combat forest fires and their environmental repercussions.
  • Preservation as a Symbiotic Endeavor:Forest and wildlife conservation are interdependent both must be prioritized.
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