Glorious 50 Years of Project Tiger
On visit to Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the latest tiger census data marking the completion of 50 years of ‘Project Tiger’. As per the latest census data the population of tigers is reached to 3,167 as of 2022.
During the inaugural session of commemoration of 50 years of Project Tiger Project, PM Modi reiterated that tiger leads the way in the protection and conservation of big cats. Indian culture is surrounded with an aim to protect nature.
India to lunch UN like IBCA:
Government of India is likely to publish its vision for tiger conservation during Amrit Kaal and also launch the International Big Cats Alliance (IBCA).
IBCA will provide a platform to focus on protection and conservation of seven major big cats of the world which are Tiger, Lion, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Puma, Jaguar and Cheetah.
About Project Tiger:
On 1 April 1973 the Government of India had launched Project Tiger to protect and preserve the animal species.
Project Tiger is totally funded by central government.
India commits to sustain tiger population on the basis of a scientifically calculated carrying capacity of habitats. It also maintains a balance between development and wildlife conservation.
As we know the project only covered nine tiger reserves at its inception but currently the project covers 53 tiger reserves sprawling over around 75,000 sq km of the region.
India is a home of more than 70 percent of the global wild tiger population.
India conserving more than 3,000 tigers and the number is increasing at a rate of 6 percent per year.
Importance of Bandipur Tiger Reserve:
Bandipur was among the first nine reserves that were included under the flagship programme under Project Tiger in 1973.
The Bandipur Tiger Reserve has great environmental significance as it contains the India’s first biosphere reserve named ‘the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve’.
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