Haldwani and Ramnagar forest divisions in the state are directed by the forest department to complete documentation process by December 15 to apply for Conservation Approved Tiger Standards (CATS) accreditation.
CATS, a benchmark certification in the field of tiger conservation, aims to achieve the ambitious goal of doubling global tiger population by 2022. The accreditation is given by World Wildlife Fund International and Global Tiger Forum.
Earlier, Lansdowne forest division got CATS registration.
For CATS accreditation, both the divisions have to fulfill 163 criteria ranging from management plan, fire fighting details, number of patrol vehicles, compensation under man-animal conflict. Besides, DFOs have to give physical proof like government notifications and challan.
Conservator western division Parag Madhukar Dhakate said chief wildlife warden and senior forest officials recently visited Haldwani and asked Haldwani’s DFO Chandrashekhar Sanwal and Ramnagar’s DFO Neha Verma to fill up CATS accreditation form by December 15.
Sanwal and Verma were asked to ensure that both the divisions get registration or accreditation by conforming to all the norms, said Dhakate.
Haldwani division has 18 tigers while Ramnagar has 38. Uttarakhand is home to 340 tigers.
“Officials stressed on the success of the Lansdowne division that has 23 tigers in achieving this through proper documentation and presentation. They urged Haldwani and Ramnagar to follow the example,” Dhakate said.
Nitish Mani Tripathi, the DFO Terai east, said Lansdowne got the accreditation during his tenure. “We only provided all the tedious details in forms with proofs and evidences. We were honoured with the accreditation which is a benchmark in tiger conservation and a matter of pride for the division,” he said.