Environment, Forest and Climate Change minister Bhupender Yadav today said, all India Elephant and Tiger population estimation exercise to be done in convergence for the first time next year. Mr Yadav released the population estimation protocol today. This protocol will be adopted in the exercise, which will be taken up for All India elephant and tiger population estimation in 2022.
Mr Yadav stressed on the involvement of local and indigenous people in the conservation of elephants and said that a bottom up approach is the way forward, which will also help in minimizing Human-Elephant Conflict as well. Mr Yadav said that there has been a pressing need to improve and harmonize the population estimation methods along more scientific lines in various states across India. He expressed happiness that the ministry for the first time is converging both elephant and tiger population estimation and the protocol is released today on the occasion of World Elephant Day.
MoS Ashwini Chaubey said, elephant Conservation intricately linked to Ecosystems Conservation. He said, saving elephants is saving forests and saving forests leads to saving the entire ecosystems and exhorted all especially the youth to nurture and carry forward the traditional ethos of Indian culture of living in harmony with Nature and wildlife.