Desperate to save the dwindling tiger numbers, six countries have sought help from India in replicating its nearly four decade old tiger conservation programme – Project Tiger.
Six Tiger range countries – Russia, China, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Vietnam – approached India for help in either assesment or capacity building measure for tiger conservation in their own countries.
They approached Indian officials during the Stock Taking Conference to review implementation of the Global Tiger Recovery Program (GTRP), which took place in New Delhi a couple of weeks ago.
“India’s tiger conservation program, running since 1970s, has been very successful.” National Tiger Conservation Authority’s (NTCA) member secretary Rajesh Gopal told DNA.
“Cooperation with these countries would provide India an opportunity to come to the centre stage of tiger conservation and even come out with a tiger atlas of the world,” said Gopal while informing that India and Russia recently came up with a joint resolution of agreed action to protect tigers.
Besides India, only Nepal is involved in active tiger census but some nations have no idea about number of tigers roaming around in their forests.
Few years ago, the numbers of tigers in the wild in India were estimated to be around 1400 but the recently held exercise pegged their numbers at over 1,706 tigers, which is highest in the world.
India would offer help in training and capacity building of field officers/specialists, landscape planning, cooperation on anti-poaching strategy and planning and exchange programs to share experiences of best practices in tiger conservation.
India is also a founder member of the Global Tiger Forum (GTF), worldwide campaign to save tigers in the wild.
At present Environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan chairs the forum. Other members include Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar. “China is also keen to join GTF,” Gopal added.