Objective of the scheme:
- To strengthen and consolidate the efforts for tiger, elephant and wildlife conservation in the country.
- To address the Man-Animal conflict effectively and benefit the communities relocating from core protected areas.
More about the scheme:
- 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.
- These schemes would generate employment opportunities resulting in economic upliftment of people in and around tiger reserves/ Protected Areas besides leading to reduction in natural resource dependency with substitution by clean energy use.
The scheme has following three components:
- Support to Protected Areas (National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Conservation Reserves and Community Reserves).
- Protection of Wildlife Outside Protected Areas
- Recovery programmes for saving critically endangered species and habitats.
The implementation of the schemes is done through the respective States in designated Tiger Reserves, Protected Areas and Elephant Reserves.