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Eco-sensitive zones (ESZs) are formed to serve as 'shock absorber' for protected areas. The Supreme Court has directed that all National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries should have eco-sensitive zones. However, ESZs have not been declared for all National Parks. ESZ notification directs that an area of 10 km around the National Parks should be covered. However, the States have been given freedom to form ESZs according to the area of availability. For example,the Bannerghatta National Park ESZ is less than 10 km.

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