Legal instruments, partnerships needed for conserving wildlife corridors: WWF
Legal instruments and partnerships need to be in place to build a stronger framework for conserving and securing wildlife corridors and landscapes, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) India has said. A three-day workshop was organized in Delhi, during which experts from wildlife and environment organizations assessed and identified locations of corridors in wildlife landscapes. Here are more details.
Long-term corridor monitoring programs were assessed to understand landscapes better
The workshop went on to explore current approaches for monitoring connectivity, a corridor's structure and functionality, the application of contemporary modeling and genetic tools to design corridors for the future and partnerships required to monitor the corridors. "In order to understand corridors and connected landscapes better, long-term corridor monitoring programs including tools, techniques, innovations and large-scale monitoring frameworks were assessed," the WWF statement stated.
Corridor policy of Australia and Malaysia was also discussed
WWF India said the group also looked at ways of making monitoring of corridors more inclusive by involving local communities. The cases of corridor policy in Australia and Malaysia were presented. These countries have sound policy frameworks that have helped integrate corridor management strategies.
Experts also discussed key elements of a corridor conservation policy
On the final day of workshop, participants detailed out the key elements of a corridor conservation policy with discussions around key actions, processes, tools and legal instruments that need to be in place to help build a stronger framework for corridors. "Part of the discussions was on emerging fields in connectivity conservation such as climate change, and expansion in agriculture and commodities," it said.