Draft notifications for the Eco-Sensitive Zones are being issued under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. The ESZs are important as they form buffer area around the protected areas – national park, wildlife sanctuaries, tiger reserves, elephant reserves, etc. ESZs offer an additional level of protection to all the protected areas.
CAT has been writing to the MoEF&CC regarding the importance of maintaining the ESZs. CAT is one of the few organizations who has been sending the comments for most of the draft notifications on the ESZs, with a special focus on ESZs of the Tiger Reserves. CAT has sent suggestions for more than 100 ESZs so far. We have been sending about 60-80 comments/suggestions per draft notification. The Ministry has started incorporating few of the suggestions submitted by CAT.
Please find the recent draft ESZ Notifications. Please do take some time to go through the draft and share your comments with the authorities.