Central team to help Odisha Government in effective management of Forest Fires in the State

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Delhi: March 10: Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar today decided to form a three-member expert team to help the Odisha government to help control the unprecedented fire incidents in the state.

The team which will be moving to Odisha soon will tender expert technical advice and hand holding towards early and effective dousing of the forest fires. This was informed by Mr. Javadekar in a tweet message earlier today.

Acting on the directions of the Union Environment Minister, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change(MoEF&CC) has constituted a team consisting of Dr. Amit Mallick, IGF, National Tiger Conservation Authority, New Delhi; Subratt Mahapatra, DDG, MoEF&CC Regional Office, Bhubaneswar and Ms. Arti Chaudhary, Head, Silviculture –ICFRE (as fire expert).

The initial Terms of Reference for the team will be to assess the status of fire incidents in Odisha, Similipal Tiger Reserve / Biosphere Reserve in particular, Expert and technical advice to the State for containment in control of fire in forest area and Status of loss of forest and wildlife and its relationship with poaching, if any.

The team would be working till the State attains a normal situation with respect to fire incidents. Further, the Environment Minister informed that along with the team at MoEFCC he will himself be monitoring everyday map showing the forest fire detection in the entire State of Odisha and also a separate map showing fire detection in Similipal Tiger Reserve / Biosphere Reserve. (Source: PIB)

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