Minister of Environment
The bill seeks to amend the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, for better implementation of convention of international trade in endangered species (CITES) of wild flora and fauna.
Salient Points ()
The bill seeks to include the aspects of "conservation" and "management" of wildlife which are covered by the Act and make amendments for better management of protected areas.
It proposes to o rationalize and amend the schedules, which list out wildlife species, for the purposes of clarity, and ensure better care of seized live animals and disposal of seized wildlife parts and products.
The bill seeks to enable control of invasive alien species and allow for transfer or transport of live elephants n accordance with conditions prescribed by the central government.
It proposes to streamline wildlife management and monitoring by setting up standing committee of state board of wildlife.
Wildlife managements plans for sanctuaries and national parks to become part of Wildlife Act.
- India is a known to the convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
- Also, currently the act only has two levels of protection for animals:
- Species listed in Schedule I and Part II of Schedule II
- Species listed in Part I of Schedule II, Schedule III, and Schedule IV
- It would be difficult to classify to segregate protected animals or species in four schedules.
Bill introduced in Lok Sabha
WHY (as per the govt)
Salient Points ()
The amendment would ensure better care of seized animals, disposal of seized animal parts and products.
Ensure efficiency and speedy disposal of functions.
This would help to take appropriate measures to enforce the provisions of the convention.
The act was made to protect animal and plant species.
It ensures protections under schedule I,II, III and IV of the act
Bodies like national and state board for wildlife, central zoo authority, wildlife crime control bureau, national tiger conservation authority were created under this.