Susan Welcome to IWC CHAT "Enforcement of Wildlife Act and the Common Man"
hi, how r u?
Susan GREAT to see you Shivani
shivani its great to b able to finally b online
Susan Ritwick is logging in soon. I just spoke to him
Susan I am sorry we could not implement our bird watching trip. But we will soon
i hav spoken with
richa and jo they
wud b free by the end of this month
wat is the new thing about
blog on ur site
Susan Blog or
weblog is just like keeping a diary on the net- writing things which you would like to share with others.
Susan All members of IWC can write and upload - We have suggested some topics but you can choose your topic too.
that means i can write about any thing about
Susan Welcome Rossi
Rossi so where's the lawyer guy?
Susan Ritwick is logging in- He just reached home from
work , he said on 'phone
Rossi hello shivani
Susan Hello 1811
1811 This is first time I am entering a chat room. Please excuse any shortfall in
wat in ur opinion is the best way to implement these
Susan Implementaion is the major problem we face. To start with awareness is imp.
1811 is gtg, get going
y is that people settle in or around sanctuaries inspite of knowing the threat they face from wildlife
Susan Do not worry, ask your questions 1811
Susan Bahar is attending a conference in
Gujrat. She may log in later
Susan In her absence,
Ritwick can field the questions about community reserves
we r aware of these laws yet we cant stop anyone from breaking
these.y is no power given to people who work with ngos so they can come forward .
Susan That is an interesting thought,
shivani like u mentioned about the poster u gave to a local
school.these little things can make major differences
Ritwick Hello to
Susan There is need for greater participation
betn NGOs and wildlife experts, lawyers etc
Sorry for the dealay...have just come back from court
Ritwick question time starts now
Susan Rossi shoot your questions now that the Lawyer is here
shivani how as members can we do something about implementing the laws
Ritwick there are many ways one can implement the laws......but the most important is the fact that one should first know what the law is
Ritwick any specific question
so tell us more
Ritwick like are all aware of the schedules in the WPA
1811 with the example of
Okhla Bird Park
Susan What is the law regarding community reserves in a nutshell?
wat r those?
Ritwick First see the WPA and find out what are
applicable..for example hunting is prohibited...but hunting is a wide term and includes even chasing an animal
similarly wildlife is not just wild animals as is conventionally thought of but also includes nests
Susan Is Okhla Bird Sanctuary legally recognized?
Ritwick Also the WPA is applicable across the country and not just in National Parks and forests but your very own home
Ritwick yes...Okhla bird sanctuary is notified under Section 18 of the WPA
Ritwick I am currently pursuing a case on the
OKHLa bird sanctuary
iinvolves the illegal grant of fishing contract and construction of
cemetries in the Sanctuary
recently i read about migratory birds being killed near higher areas of
ganga as bharatpur is facing water crunch
i hav to go
know.it was nice chatting with u
Ritwick This is completely illegal and is prohibited under section 9 of the WPA
1811 Bharatpur is also suffering from feral animals being let into the park.
Ritwick is there a law under which the
officers adminsitering can be prosecuted for dereliction of duty
Yes the officers can be prosecuted, but then it should be clear that reasonable care was not taken
1811 how do we go about determining that they took reasonable care
Ritwick this depends on various factors....eg who is responsible for the lack of care...thus in the case of
bharatpur it is not the forest department that is responsible but the irrigation department which does not release the required quantity of water
susan Is cutting of grass by communities living around permitted in bird
so long as cuting grass is outside is permissible but not within the Sanctuary as per the order of the Supreme Court on 14-2-2000
does the sanctuary have grass outside? what is defined as outside/?
Ritwick can you send me a brief write up on the amendments in common
susan next month shall we discuss community reserves hope
Bahar will also be available then
Ritwick grass outside is permissible for extraction
Ritwick but not a blade from inside
susan look fwd to getting a brief write up from you soon
susan if there are no more questions shall we call it a day?
susan Thank you
Ritwick and thank you all</