Context:

Recently, the Odisha Government has decided to relocate around 420 families from four zero-connectivity villages in Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary. The relocation is aimed at reducing man-animal conflict and providing better living conditions to the displaced families.

Relevance:

Prelims, GS-III: Environment and Ecology (Protected Areas in news)

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About the Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary

About the Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary

  • Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary is situated in the Bargarh district of Odisha near Hirakud dam (Mahanadi River) and covers an area of 346.91 square kilometers.
  • It is bounded on the east and north by the huge Hirakud reservoir.
  • It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary on 8th February 1985.
  • It is an important site for in situ conservation of wildlife and its habitat in the state of Odisha.
  • In Debrigarh – Dry deciduous forests is the characteristic Flora. Four-horned antelope, Indian leopard, Indian elephant, sambar, chital, gaur, etc., are the characteristic fauna.

-Source: Down to Earth Magazine

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