National Board of Wildlife – UPSC Prelims

  • The NBWL has been constituted under the Wildlife Protection Act,1972
  • It is a statutory body.
  • NBWL advises the government on policy and strategy for wildlife conservation.
  • It also reviews proposals for non-forestry use of forestland within National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries and issue or deny permissions.
  • The NBWL is chaired by the Prime Minister.
  • Vice Chairman: Minister of Environment and Forest.
  • It also comprises of a Standing Committee headed by Union Environment Minister.
  • The Wildlife Protection Act,1972 specifies that the committee should comprise of 10 eminent ecologists and five NGOs.
  • The committee considers the merits of projects that come to it for scrutiny.

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