Last week I got an invitation from wildlife warden Munnar to attend a workshop, meant as an initiation workshop for revision of management plans for Eravikualm and Chinnar.
I was not able to make it due to prior commitments at Calicut. But at the back of my mind it kindled some disturbing thoughts.
In many wildlife reserves the plans serve as scarecrows only. It deteriorates in to a compendium of sanctimonious sermons that are rarely adhered to. I can quote umpteen incidents where the the management plans have been thrown by the way side in the pursuit of development agenda.
A quick look at the works taken up in wildlife reserves makes you wonder whether the concerned people have ever read the management plans. I am sure they never had a look at it. It is gathering dust somewhere in the recesses of the office.
A wildlife management plan is a sacred document. To many, the word sacred may be a wee bit unpalatable. But I strongly feel no other word can replace the true spirit behind it. wildlife management plans should be the bible for the wildlife manger. This is particularly so when we have uninitiated dilettante who have no formal wildlife training managing the wildlife reserves. I do not want to mince my words here and would like to state what is obvious. If we cannot adhere to the management plans there is no use spending time and money on preparing management plans. You could very well do with a hastily patched up yearly plan.