A dedicated “Asiatic Lion Conservation Project” with a budgetary contribution of Rs 97.85 Cr from Central Government was recently launched.
With a view to strengthen the conservation initiatives, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change(MoEFCC) approved the project for three financial years FY 2018-19, FY 2019-20 and FY 2020-21.
The Asiatic Lion endemic to Gir landscape of Gujarat, is one of the 21 critically endangered species identified by the Ministry for taking up recovery program.
Asiatic Lion, being listed in Schedule-I of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, to be accorded the highest degree of protection.
The project envisages a scientific management with involvement of communities in coordination with multi-sectoral agencies for disease control and veterinary care for overall conservation of Lion.
In all with the contribution of the State Govt, about 300 crore rupees will be spent including 80 crore rupees for a hospital and ambulances for lions.
Modern Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is proposed in the conservation, protection and development efforts of the Greater Gir Region.
Additional ICT will include the following:
- GPS Based Tracking
- Surveillance Tracking
- Animal Tracking
- Vehicle Tracking
- Night vision capability enhancement
- GIS based real time monitoring, analysis and report generation.
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