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VISION PLAN: 2021-2031 RELEASED BY MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FOREST, AND CLIMATE CHANGE

VISION PLAN: 2021-2031 RELEASED BY MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FOREST, AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Context:

Recently, the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change released the “Vision Plan: 2021-2031” for Indian zoos. The program was released during a two-day National Conference of zoo directors and veterinarians in Gujarat.

About the 2-day National Conference:

  • It was organized by the Central Zoo Authority and hosted by Sardar Patel Zoological Park, Kevadia in Gujarat.
  • At the event, a coffee table book compiling 75 species from 75 zoos was also launched as a part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Vision Plan (2021-2031):

  • The vision plan is a strategy to transform Indian zoos.
  • The 10-year vision plan was released after extensive data mining and stakeholder consultation.
  • It was launched with the aim of upgrading Indian zoos to a world-class level.
  • It also focuses on conserving local birds and animals.
  • The plan was adopted with the aim of providing guidance on ex-situ conservation practices throughout India.
  • It also mentions the 10 pillars of transformation of the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) and the Indian zoos.
  • It sets out specific goals and deadlines for achieving the 'Call to Action' that will be available over 10 years. These pillars contain consolidation of ex situ preservation of endangered indigenous species, management of endangered species and improved animal welfare.

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