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Panel chalks out strategy for tiger conservation

The NTCA constituted by PM, adopted 8 resolutions, which would be included in the agenda of the next month’s meeting of the national board for wildlife, reports K S Tomar.

jaipur Updated: Jun 29, 2007 02:28 IST
K S Tomar
K S Tomar
Hindustan Times

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), constituted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, adopted eight resolutions, which would be included in the agenda of the next month’s meeting of the national board for wildlife.

The concrete resolutions form the part of the new strategy to shore up the dwindling numbers of big cats that have fallen prey to unchecked poaching by organised gangs.

NTCA members held deliberations with the field directors and deputy directors of the tiger reserves of 25 states for two days at Ranthambore, Rajasthan.

The other ideas contained in the new strategy has the management of the source sink-dynamics on top. Source-sink dynamics is a theoretical model used by ecologists to describe how variation in habitat quality may affect the population growth or decline of organisms.

The other points include re-introduction of tigers in Sariska, seeking the cooperation of NGOs and preventing the illegal tigers body part trade, informed Dr Rajesh Gopal, member secretary, NTCA.

The states had been directed to immediately constitute the tigers’ conservation foundation to manage the funds and enhance the re-location package to the villagers. “But majority of the states have not responded to NTCA directive,” Gopal added.
Commenting on the aspects of the strategy, Gopal said, “Managemnt of source sink dynamics is essential to ensure the survival of tigers, who go astray from the park/sanctuary and fall in the poachers’ trap. At times, local people kill them by poisoning etc. This will stop only if they are involved in protecting the tigers.”

The local needs of the people should be fulfilled and they should be made an integral part of tiger conservation.
Regarding the illegal trade in tiger body parts, the recommend is to protect the core areas by enhancing the patrolling and encouraging the local people in eco-tourism with emphasis on the conservation of the wildlife.

“The proceeds of the tickets of the tourists entry should not be deposited in the states’ budget and it must be spent on their welfare and upkeep of the parks or sanctuaries,” the resolution said.

First Published: Jun 29, 2007 02:11 IST