Vulture numbers ‘stabilising’, MoEF launches action plan to increase population


    Vulture numbers ‘stabilising’, MoEF launches action strategy to increase population

    Composed by Esha Roy
    | New Delhi |

    Upgraded: November 17, 2020 2: 08: 09 am

    Crisis: An enormous dip in vulture populations entered limelight in the mid-90 s, and in 2004 the reason for the crash was established as diclofenac, a veterinary nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.

    Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Modification Prakash Javadekar Monday launched a Vulture Action Strategy 2020-25 for the preservation of vultures in the nation.

    Vulture numbers saw a steep slide– as much as 90 per cent in some types– in India considering that the 1990 s in among the most extreme decreases in bird populations worldwide. While the ministry has actually been performing a conservation task for vultures given that 2006, the strategy is to now extend the job to 2025 to not simply halt the decline however to actively increase the vulture numbers in India.

    There are nine recorded species of vultures in India– the Oriental white-backed, long-billed, slender-billed, Himalayan, red-headed, Egyptian, bearded, cinereous and the Eurasian Griffon.

    Between the 1990 s and 2007, varieties of three currently critically-endangered types– the Asian white-backed, long-billed and slender-billed vultures– crashed massively with 99 per cent of the species having been cleaned out. The number of red-headed vultures, likewise critically-endangered now, declined by 91% while the Egyptian vultures by 80%.

    The Egyptian vulture is listed as ‘threatened’ while the Himalayan, bearded and cinereous vultures are ‘near threatened’.

    The crash in vulture populations entered into spotlight in the mid-90 s, and in 2004 the reason for the crash was developed as diclofenac– a veterinary nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) utilized to treat pain and inflammatory diseases such as gout– in carcasses that vultures would feed off.

    ” Simply 0.4-0.7 per cent of animal carcasses polluted with diclofenac was enough to annihilate 99 percent of vulture populations. But due to dedicated preservation efforts, the vulture population is stabilising,” Javadekar stated, including that the ministry has now brought out a holistic technique to vulture conservation.

    The MoEFCC launched the Action Prepare for Vulture Preservation 2006 with the DCGI prohibiting the veterinary use of diclofenac in the same year and the decrease of the vulture population being apprehended by 2011.

    The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) and Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) also developed the Vulture Preservation Breeding Programme, which has actually succeeded and had three critically-endangered species reproduced in captivity for the very first time. 8 centres have actually been developed and, up until now, 396 vultures of the 3 species have actually effectively fledged.

    The ministry has now likewise introduced conservation plans for the red-headed and Egyptian vultures, with reproducing programs for both.

    The Vulture Safe Zone program is being executed at eight different locations in the country where there were extant populations of vultures, consisting of 2 in Uttar Pradesh.

    Attempts are made to protect the population of vulture by making sure the minimum use of Diclofenac and a location is stated a Vulture Safe Zone just when no toxic drugs are discovered in undercover drug store and cattle carcass surveys, for 2 consecutive years, and the vulture populations are stable and not decreasing.

    The action strategy aims to bring forth what has actually already been set in motion by making sure that sale of veterinary NSAIDs is regulated and livestock are treated just by certified vets.

    The Ministry likewise intends on performing safety screening of available NSAIDs on vultures and to develop new ones which do not impact vultures.

    Additional Preservation Breeding Centres are likewise being prepared throughout the nation, along with Vulture Conservation Centres with samples and details collected from the wild evaluated and saved at these centres– one each in Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

    Four rescue centres have been proposed for various geographical locations like Pinjore in the north, Bhopal in forward India, Guwahati in Northeast and Hyderabad in South India.

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