Width of Eco-Sensitive Zones may vary from area to area

Q.  Which of the following is/are true regarding Eco-Sensitive Zone?

1) The zone limits are set on case by case basis and there is no standard specified limit to it.
2) All activities are banned in the eco-sensitive zone.

- Published on 03 Jan 17

a. Only 1
b. Only 2
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2

ANSWER: Only 1
The width of the ESZ and type of regulation may vary from protected area to area. However, as a general principle, the width of the ESZ could go up to 10 kms around the protected area.

The purpose of declaring an Eco-Sensitive Zone is to create a buffer zone, where activities will be regulated to protect areas demarcated as Protected Areas.

The ESZ guidelines include a broad list of activities that could be allowed, promoted, regulated or promoted. This is an important checklist for conservationists to keep in mind while identifying threats in ESZs.

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