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Lemru Elephant Reserve

  • Context: The Chhattisgarh government hasproposed to reduce the area of Lemru Elephant Reserve from 1,995 sq km to 450 sq km.
  • Lemru reserve is planned to prevent human-animal conflict in the region, with elephants moving into Chhattisgarh from Odisha and Jharkhand. It is located in the Korba district of Chhattisgarh.
  • The area proposed under the reserve is part of the Hasdeo Aranya forests, a diverse biozone that is rich in coal deposits.
  • The state government has notified the reserve (Conservation Reserve) under Section 36A of the WildLife (Protection) Act, 1972 in 2020.
  • Elephant reserves are not recognized under the WLPA. However, an area can be declared a ‘conservation reserve’ under the Section.

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