Concerned over the dwindling tiger population and rise in man-animal conflict, the National Tiger Conservation Authority has decided to evaluate the actual field management of 39 tiger reserves across the country.
"Project tiger had been rated as one of the most successful conservation programmes but lately due to the fall in tiger population as well as cases of poaching and man-animal conflict, a need was felt to evaluate the actual field management of the reserves and if required, suggest changes in the management plan," chairman of one of the five committees set up for the task, R L Singh told PTI in Lucknow.
"So far the actual field management evaluation of the tiger reserve at the national level had not been taken up by people who have experience in the field", Singh, who is also the former director of Project Tiger, said. To carry out this evaluation, five clusters have been worked out for the 39 tiger reserves with one chairman each to head them, Singh, who would be heading the cluster evaluating seven reserves, mostly in the Naxal-hit belt, said. The decision in this regard was taken recently and the whole exercise is expected to be completed in about six months time, Singh added.