Strategy 2002 talks about “protecting the interests of the poor and tribals living around protected areas”. The Strategy 2002 recommends that the settlement of rights of people inside protected areas should not become an excuse to exclude or reduce areas that are crucial wildlife habitats. If it had analysed the situation, it would have realised that such reduction is happening precisely because of the mistaken notion that people and wildlife cannot co-exist, and because politicians and vested interests have used people’s hostility to demand such reduction.
Refer to download http://envfor.nic.in/sites/default/files/annual_report/wildlife_conservation_strategy.pdf
Reference – The Hindu