THIS is with reference to the report "Call to classify Sungai Ingei forest area as sanctuary" in your edition dated April 5, 2012.
I think its time for the government to look into the matter and declare the whole Sungai Ingei Forest as a sanctuary. Since the forest reserve is already a protected area, I don't see any hassle in classifying the forest as a sanctuary.
The Sungai Ingei Faunal Biodiversity Survey team seems to be doing some constructive work. The team has collected data on wildlife and would soon be retrieving cameras placed at vantage points in the forests over a year ago to study and record the behavioural patterns of various animals, including the shy nocturnal creatures.
The scientists and environmental experts, studying the Sungai Ingei forest, have been trying to convince the government on the need to convert the 18,000 hectares of protected area in the forest into wildlife sanctuary, and establish a buffer area that could be zoned for ecotourism and other activities.
Of late, we have been reading reports about poaching in the Sungai Ingei reserve forest. Hence, there's a need to declare the Ingei forest as a sanctuary and step up vigil against poaching. The strength of monitors and rangers in the forest has to be beefed up to check the wildlife plunderers. The authorities could also enlist or encourage the involvement of the indigenous people who dwell close to the forests.