Petitioning Hon'ble Chief Minister of Gujarat Smt. Anandiben Patel
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Hon'ble Chief Minister of Gujarat
Smt. Anandiben Patel

Protect the habitat of the Great Indian Bustard, locally known as Ghorad, in Kutch

Less than 30 Great Indian Bustards survive in Kutch and this could be the last call to save them.  The Bustards are on the verge of extinction due to loss of habitat.  Sign the petition to ask Smt. Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister of Gujarat to immediately protect their habitat.

The semi arid grasslands of Kutch in Gujarat are one of the few abodes of the critically endangered Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps), also known as the Great Indian Bustard. Though Kutch has been known for its second highest breeding population for this species, severe pressures of habitat loss due to unplanned industrialisation and agricultural encroachment over the past few years has resulted with a drastic decline in the population of this majestic bird. The population estimates reveal an estimated population of less than 30 birds in Kutch out of the total 200-odd birds surviving in the wild today. The Indian Bustard shares its habitat with other species of the bustard family – MacQueen’s Bustard (Chlamydotis macqueeni) and Lesser Florican (Spheotides indica), both vulnerable and endangered respectively as per the IUCN Red List.

All these 30-odd Indian Bustards survive in the Abdasa taluka of Kutch district. India has declared 13 sanctuaries for the protection of this bird. One of these, the Kutch Bustard Sanctuary spread over a mere 2 sq km, is located near Lala village near Naliya in Abdasa taluka. However, a major breeding population of Indian Bustards thrives outside the protected area, in Abdasa taluka. The areas outside this notified Protected Area serve as the breeding, display and wintering areas of these birds. Apart from the reasons of habitat loss as mentioned above, constant threat from uncontrolled cattle grazing over its potential habitat  is taking these birds closer to extinction.  The Indian Bustard is included in Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act of India.

It is extremely essential to stop and remove the encroachment from the important areas for GIB. Industrial projects cannot be sanctioned on the land used by Indian Bustards. The Corbett Foundation appeals to the State Government of Gujarat and the Ministry of Environment of Forests, Government of India to take immediate action to protect the Indian Bustard habitat and save this species from extinction in Gujarat. All local and national NGOs, bird-watchers, naturalists, conservationists, scientists and the people of India and the world must come together and in unison make the plea to save Indian Bustards. This might be LAST call to save this magnificent species from Gujarat.

The Corbett Foundation


Letter to
Hon'ble Chief Minister of Gujarat Smt. Anandiben Patel
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Smt. Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister of Gujarat.

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Protect the habitat of the Indian Bustards in Kutch

Smt. Anandiben Patel
Hon'ble Chief Minister of Gujarat
1st Block, 5th Floor,
New Sachivalaya,
Gandhinagar 382010
Gujarat, India

Respected Sir,

Kutch Ecological Research Centre, a division of The Corbett Foundation in Kutch, would like to draw your kind and urgent attention to a serious matter concerning the conservation of critically endangered Indian Bustards (Ardeotis nigriceps) in Kutch.

Madam, the semi arid grasslands of Kutch in Gujarat are one of the few abodes of the critically endangered Indian Bustard, also known as the Great Indian Bustard. Though Kutch has been known for its second highest breeding population of this species, severe pressures of habitat loss due to industrialization and agricultural encroachment over the past few years has resulted in a drastic population decline of this majestic bird. The population estimates reveal an estimated population of around 30 birds in Kutch out of the total of less than 300 birds surviving in India today. The Indian Bustard shares its habitat with other species of the bustard family – MacQueen’s Bustard (Chlamydotis macqueeni) and Lesser Florican (Spheotides indica), both vulnerable and endangered, respectively, as per the IUCN Red List.

All these 30-odd Indian Bustards survive in the Abdasa taluka of the Kutch district. India has declared 13 sanctuaries for the protection of this bird. One of these, the Kutch Bustard Sanctuary spread over a mere 2 sq km, is located near Lala village near Naliya in Abdasa taluka. However, a major breeding population of Indian Bustards thrives outside the protected area, in Abdasa taluka. The areas outside this notified Protected Area serve as the breeding, display and wintering areas of these birds. Apart from the reasons of habitat loss as mentioned above, constant threat from uncontrolled cattle grazing over its potential habitat is taking these birds closer to extinction. The Indian Bustard is included in Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act of India.

It is extremely essential to remove the existing encroachment and stop further encroachment from the important areas for Indian Bustard. Industrial projects should not be sanctioned on the land used by the Indian Bustards. Quite a few areas used by the Indian Bustards falls in the category of revenue land. These areas should be protected for the future survival of these majestic birds in Kutch.

Madam, we would like to draw your urgent attention to this issue and request your immediate corrective steps to protect the Indian Bustard habitat in Abdasa at all costs from your Government.

This might be LAST call to save this magnificent species from being extinct in Gujarat. Therefore, your urgent action is solicited.

Thank you.

Sincerely,