India: Nine more PAs to get bolstered protections against development

BENGALURU: After Bandipur National Park, nine more wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka have received the Eco Sensitive Zone (ESZ) tag, thereby giving protected areas (PAs) the much-needed protection from commercial mining, polluting industries and indiscriminate commercial and tourism activities. The tag is expected for Dandeli and Anshi National Park soon.

According to the Forest Department, of the 34 protected areas in the state, till date, draft notification has been sent for 28 to the Centre for final notification orders in the last two years. Between May and July this year, nine got the tag.

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