India,Bhutan, Nepal, Indonesia and Malaysia have signed the New Delhi Declaration on Asian Rhinos 2019 declaration for the conservation and protection of the species at the Second Asian Rhino Range Countries meet Organised by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in collaboration with Asian Rhino Specialist Group, WWF- India and Aaranyak.
On the occasion, Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change re-affirmed India’s commitment towards rhino conservation in India.
The 12 point strategic actions outlined under the declaration are.
- Collaborate for strengthening protection regimes, strategic information gathering, and real-time sharing of actionable information on rhino crime and its horn trade to secure the rhino population within and between range countries.
- Initiate research on various habitat parameters including invasive species threatening the suitable habitats of Asian rhinos and take appropriate steps to optimally manage the habitats.
- Explore possibilities of expanding rhino ranges within the country or between rhino range countries for optimal population management.
- Strengthen transboundary collaboration among India, Nepal, and Bhutan for the greater one-horned rhino conservation and protection…
- Identify connectivity and corridors across international boundaries and keep them functional, safe and secure for free movement of Asian rhinos and other wildlife.
- Increase the engagement of the local communities as stewards to secure the future of rhinos in range countries.
- Initiate proactive monitoring on potential adverse impacts of climate change on rhino health and their habitats in range countries.
- Regularly organize exposure visits for managers and frontline staffs of the rhino range countries and to document the best practices for wider dissemination.
- Collaborate and strengthen wildlife forensics for the purpose of investigation.
- Accelerate natural and conservation breeding of critically endangered Sumatran rhino including best use of all available individuals and technologies.
- Call to the attention of all countries that possible opening of international trade of rhino horn and other derivatives will have a severe detrimental impact on rhino populations in Asian rhino range countries.
- Undertake studies on Rhino health issues & potential diseases and take necessary steps for management intervention.