Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats

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The Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats (IDWH) is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme launched during the 11th Plan period to provide technical and financial assistance to States/UTs for protection of wildlife habitat. The activities covered under the scheme include the staff development and capacity building, wildlife research and evaluation, anti-poaching activities, wildlife veterinary care, addressing man-animal conflicts and promoting eco-tourism. Financial assistance is also provided to States for relocation of communities from within protected areas to other areas.

The scheme has following three components:
  1. Support to Protected Areas (National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Conservation Reserves and Community Reserves)
  2. Protection of Wildlife Outside Protected Areas
  3. Recovery programmes for saving critically endangered species and habitats.

Activities covered under ‘Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats’ are as follows:

1. Management Planning and capacity building:

• Strengthening wildlife research, education and nature awareness
• Staff development and capacity building
• Monitoring and evaluation
• Management Planning

2. Anti-poaching & infrastructure development:

• Anti-poaching activities
• Strengthening of infrastructure
• Strengthening Wildlife veterinary care
• Strengthening Staff welfare activities
3. Restoration of habitats:
• Habitat improvement activities
• Safeguards / Retrofitting measures

4. Eco-development and community oriented activities:

• Addressing man-animal conflict
• Strengthening co-existence agenda
• Deciding inviolate spaces and relocation of villages from crucial wildlife habitats 
• Fostering ecotourism
• Assistance to activities in Trans-boundary Protected Areas