Recruiting of forest volunteers, jobs for families of 675 killed in wildlife attacks in state

In a significant move to address the challenges posed by wild animal attacks, the state of West Bengal has initiated a program to provide forest volunteer jobs to the families of 675 individuals who lost their lives in such incidents across different districts over the past 13 years. The proactive measure, launched at the beginning of the new year, aims to extend support to the affected families while fostering a stronger connection between local communities and wildlife conservation efforts.

The state's forest department has taken concrete steps in implementing this initiative, with appointment letters already distributed to one member from each affected family in various districts. This move is seen as not only a means of economic support but also as a way to involve communities in the protection and management of forested areas.

The forest volunteer jobs are expected to create a more symbiotic relationship between residents and wildlife conservation initiatives. By actively engaging the affected families in the forest department, the state hopes to build a sense of community involvement and raise awareness about the importance of coexistence between humans and wildlife.

This comprehensive strategy goes beyond providing financial assistance to families and includes measures to prevent human-wildlife conflicts. The initiative also aims to educate communities about wildlife conservation practices that benefit both the local population and the diverse ecosystems within the state.

This forward-thinking approach reflects West Bengal's commitment to finding holistic solutions to the challenges posed by human-wildlife interactions. As the forest department continues to roll out these appointments across the state, the initiative is expected to have a positive impact on both the affected families and the broader goal of wildlife conservation in West Bengal.

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