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Delay in census holds up tiger data sharing with Nepal

Key Pact: Data sharing will happen only after India finishes its own estimation process

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Delay in census holds up tiger data sharing with Nepal
India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh are carrying out a joint estimation of wild tiger population for the first time —for representation
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A key agreement between India and Nepal on sharing tiger population estimation data has been delayed as India is yet to finish its own countrywide process. Nepal's senior wildlife department officials told their Indian counterparts that data sharing will happen only after India finishes its own estimation process.

India's estimation exercise has been delayed owing to slow progress in certain states and intensive monitoring underway in Northeastern states, YV Jhala, lead scientist of Wildlife Institute of India said.

The final results of India's estimation, following analysis of metadata and statistical calculations, is expected to be announced in May.

The development is important as four subcontinental tiger range countries — India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh — are carrying out a joint estimation of wild tiger population for the first time. Data from Nepal would be crucial because along with the declaration of India's tiger census results, there would also be a separate report on tiger numbers in the subcontinent.

Nepal's senior official Gopal Bhattarai, Deputy Director General, Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation told DNA that while it has finished its own tiger population estimation last September, it wants to share data only when India delivers its own results in return. Meanwhile, Bangladesh has already submitted its data while Bhutan will do it in a week, sources said.

"We are both sovereign countries and data should be shared on equal terms. However, we also acknowledge India's difficulties owing to vast geography," Bhattarai said. He added, "We have virtually agreed to share our entire data, including raw data and data on tiger part seizures. The raw data will help both countries to identify tigers that were poached in our respective territories to match the stripes using camera trap photos," said Bhattarai."

Bhattarai flagged the issue here on Monday during a meeting of the subcontinent countries to review progress on joint estimation as part of the 3rd Global Stocktaking conference on the St.Petersburg declaration, aimed at doubling global wild tiger population. Eleven tiger range countries from south Asia and southeast Asia, as well as Russia, are participating in the global conference.

The agreement between the neighbouring countries includes the sharing of data on tiger estimation exercise as well as data sharing on the transboundary movement of tigers in the Terai region. Tigers from Nepal traverse into the Terai region in Uttar Pradesh and also migrate back. The agreement was originally slated to be signed at the global conference, however, Nepal's official said that they hope to now sign it in February

The Agreement

  • Agreement between the neighbours includes sharing of data on tiger estimation exercise.
  • Also data sharing on transboundary movement of tigers in Terai region
  • Tigers from Nepal traverse into the Terai region in Uttar Pradesh and also migrate back.
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