The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has notified 250.66 sq km around Radhanagri Wildlife Sanctuary (RWS) as eco-sensitive zone.

  • It is a wildlife sanctuary and natural World Heritage Site, situated in Kolhapur district, Maharashtra.
  • It was notified as a wildlife sanctuary in 1985.
  • Radhanagri Wildlife Sanctuary (RWS) is situated in the Sahyadri hills in the Western Ghats.
  • Some Krishna River tributaries like Bhogavati River, Dudhganga River, Kallamma River and Dirba River flow through the sanctuary area.

The eco-sensitive zone acts as a transition zone from areas of high protection to less protection. The National Wildlife Action Plan 2002-2016 had identified eco-sensitive zone as “vital ecological corridor links” which must be protected to prevent isolation of fragments of biodiversity.

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