In the next 5 year plan, India plans an Integrated Protection Scheme to increase interfaces with communities, communication, and surveillance of forests and wildlife to facilitate their conservation and protection. Addressing Principal Chief Conservators of Forests and Chief Wildlife Wardens, Planning Commission Member, S.K. Khanduri revealed this plan and asserted that conservation and protection of forests and wild life will happen only with the participation of the people.
Khanduri also said that management of forests will be enhanced through a database of information on the biodiversity and habitat status of each location. He said that the people living deep inside forests must be encouraged to leave voluntarily out to the fringes so that wildlife will have a favorable environment to expand. In addition, the Planning Commission will also fund an appropriate program, including suggestions from Tiger Task Force such as livelihood opportunities and skill sets, would be funded.
The Government is also considering innovative programs to link forests with livelihood and employment so that productivity, market opportunities are not lost. Khanduri suggested linking non-timber forest produce to marketable value for those living in the forest so they will see the value of forests for their survival too.
While encouraging farmers to grow more trees, he said that government will also withdraw subsidized supply of raw material to industries from government forests. He also said trade policies need to be amended to encourage export and non-intrusive use of forest products. Other experimental programs include inviting corporations to afforest degraded land without adversely affecting local communities.