KANHA TIGER Reserve has been declared India’s best facility by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). State Forests Minister Himmat Kothari on Monday informed that the Panna and Pench Tiger Reserves of the state have been adjudged very good and Bandhavgarh and Satpura Tiger Reserves have been categorised as good in the evaluation.
Government of India through IUCN carried out the evaluation of 28 tiger reserves of the country. The evaluation was made on the basis of 45 international norms set by the World Commission on Protected Area for the first time in the country. Under this, independent experts undertook elaborate inspection and analysis of all the tiger reserves. The international experts of the IUCN again reviewed the report submitted by these experts.
The Centre tabled the report recently in the Parliament during the current monsoon session. Out of total 185 marks, Kanha scored the highest 163 points followed by Pench Tiger Reserve 144, Panna 135, Bori-Satpura 128 and Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve scoring 127 marks.
Kanha Tiger Reserve scored cent per cent marks on certain points like statutory status, arrangement of necessary staff, scientific management, tourist management, staff training, employees welfare activities, wildlife assessment, arrangement of patrolling camps, daily patrolling for security, arms registration, tourist facilities, ecological development, vaccination of the animals, participation of local communities in tourism and coordination between local people and the staff of tiger reserve.