Wildlife Conservation
Wildlife Conservation

Wildlife Crime

Gujarat State is rich in faunal diversity being home for a number of wildlife species. It is the only home of Asiatic Lion & Indian Wild Ass. There are about 3,050 animal, 107 mammal and 526 avian species and it has rich marine life. Gujarat is paradise for the birds and has 29 out of 82 globally threatened species. It has 4 National Parks, 23 Sanctuaries and 1 Conservation Reserve having an area of 480.12 sq.kms., 16619.81 sq.kms. and 227 sq. kms. respectively for intensive conservation & protection of wildlife and about 8.6% area falls under protected areas.

Gujarat has always been having pro-conservation policies for the wildlife. As a part of recent wildlife conservation initiatives, Government of Gujarat has constituted a Wildlife Crime cell in the forest department to adeptly deal with the wildlife crime and for effective coordination & exchange of information with the central government, various all India agencies, wildlife experts, NGOs & other state governments and suggest measures to mitigate/curb the wildlife crime. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) & Chief Wildlife Warden, Gujarat State is the chairman and Conservator of Forests, Wildlife Crime is the member- secretary of the cell. Other members of the cell include officials from the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau of Government of India, state police department, forest department, coast guards & customs department.

The cell is involved in intelligence gathering for prevention & detection of wildlife crime and take necessary action as per law. It coordinates with the central government, state police department, forest & police departments of other states, NGOs and other enforcement agencies to effectively deal with the wildlife crime. Details of suspects are collected, maintained and provided to the field units for timely action. Follow-up legal action is also taken by the cell in the cases registered under Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and field units are assisted during the legal proceedings.

The cell is headed by Conservator of Forests, Wildlife Crime, Gujarat state for administrative propose. Contact nos. of the cell are as under :

Details Phone No. Fax No.
PCCF (WL) & Chief Wildlife Warden +91 79232 54125 +91 79232 54788
Conservator of Forests, Wildlife Crime +91 79232 57869
+91 99784 05129
Asst. Conservator of Forests, WL Crime +91 79232 54133

Present Structure of the Wildlife Crime Cell As per G.R. Dated.18 Sept 2014

Sr. No. Details Designation
1 Principle Chief conservator of Forest (Wildlife) & Chief Wildlife Warden, Gujarat State. Chairman
2 Regional Deputy Director (Wildlife Crime Control Bureau) Western Region & Asst. Management Authority – CITES, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India, Mumbai. Member
3 Inspector General of Police /Deputy Inspector General of Police, CID (Crime), Gandhinagar Member
4 Inspector General of Police /Deputy Inspector General of Police, Junagadh Range, Junagadh. Member
5 Commandant (Coast Guards) Porbandar or his representative. Member
6 Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Junagadh. Member
7 Chief Conservator of Forest , Junagadh Circle Junagadh. Member
8 Chief Conservator of Forest (Marine National Park ) Jamnagar . Member
9 One Representative of Customs Department in Gujarat. Member
10 Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife Crime ) Gandhinagar . Member Secretary

Circle Wise Wildlife Offence Cases

Year Junagadh
Normal
Kucth Junagadh
W.L
Valsad Surat Bharuch
S.F
Vadodra
Normal
Vadodra
W.L
Gandhinagar Ahmedbad
S.F
Rajkot
S.F
Mheshna
S.F
Jamnagar
MNP
North Gujarat
Wildlife
Total Offence
During Year
2001-02 21 14 34 6 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 81
2002-03 34 12 34 5 2 1 0 6 15 1 0 2 0 0 112
2003-04 22 12 55 6 3 1 3 10 8 3 1 5 0 0 129
2004-05 27 27 39 1 6 0 5 6 29 2 2 12 1 0 157
2005-06 20 16 26 11 3 0 2 2 19 3 1 6 0 0 109
2006-07 32 14 24 6 7 3 9 5 19 0 0 4 0 0 123
2007-08 57 12 36 10 8 1 2 6 25 0 3 5 0 0 165
2008-09 53 14 53 11 10 6 3 5 34 0 0 3 0 0 192
2009-10 42 9 32 18 21 3 1 12 30 12 10 8 0 0 198
2010-11 35 9 13 22 14 3 3 10 10 10 4 6 0 0 139
2011-12 14 24 25 19 11 5 2 6 6 5 3 8 0 0 128
2012-13 41 30 31 11 11 10 2 9 2 3 5 7 0 5 167
2013-14 20 19 32 3 13 5 4 5 3 1 7 3 1 4 120
Total 418 212 434 129 112 38 37 82 200 40 36 71 2 9 1820
Circle Wise Wildlife Offence Cases
Year Junagadh
Normal
Kucth Junagadh
W.L
Valsad Surat Bharuch
S.F
Vadodra
Normal
Vadodra
W.L
Gandhinagar Ahmedbad
S.F
Rajkot
S.F
Mheshna
S.F
Jamnagar
MNP
North Gujarat
Wildlife
Total Offence
During Year
2001-02 21 14 34 6 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 81
2002-03 34 12 34 5 2 1 0 6 15 1 0 2 0 0 112
2003-04 22 12 55 6 3 1 3 10 8 3 1 5 0 0 129
2004-05 27 27 39 1 6 0 5 6 29 2 2 12 1 0 157
2005-06 20 16 26 11 3 0 2 2 19 3 1 6 0 0 109
2006-07 32 14 24 6 7 3 9 5 19 0 0 4 0 0 123
2007-08 57 12 36 10 8 1 2 6 25 0 3 5 0 0 165
2008-09 53 14 53 11 10 6 3 5 34 0 0 3 0 0 192
2009-10 42 9 32 18 21 3 1 12 30 12 10 8 0 0 198
2010-11 35 9 13 22 14 3 3 10 10 10 4 6 0 0 139
2011-12 14 24 25 19 11 5 2 6 6 5 3 8 0 0 128
2012-13 41 30 31 11 11 10 2 9 2 3 5 7 0 5 167
2013-14 20 19 32 3 13 5 4 5 3 1 7 3 1 4 120
Total 418 212 434 129 112 38 37 82 200 40 36 71 2 9 1820
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