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May 23, 2007
Project Tiger has been reviewed by the Tiger Task Force constituted by the
National Board for Wildlife, Chaired by the Hon¹ble Prime Minister.
- The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has already come
into force w.e.f. 4th September, 2006.
- Apart from above, all the Tiger Reserves have been evaluated by a panel of independent experts based on a set of criteria (45) developed by the World commission on Protected Areas, as adapted for Indian conditions. The evaluation has been peer-reviewed
by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Both the assessment as well as peer-review have been placed in both the Houses of Parliament.
- The process of All India estimation of tigers, copredators and prey animals using the refined methodology, as approved by the Tiger Task Force, is ongoing in collaboration with the Wildlife Institute of India. The said process on completion, would indicate
the status of tiger population, its copredators, prey animals and habitat in the country.
- Assessment of tiger habitat status in the country at Taluka amplification in the Geographical Information System (GIS) domain in collaboration with the Wildlife Institute of India. Comparative appraisal of forest cover status in and around tiger reserves
(upto a radial distance of 10 kms.), in collaboration with the Forest Survey of India for evolving reserve specific restorative strategies involving local people in the peripheral / buffer areas.
- Bilateral agreements have been signed with Nepal and Republic of
China for controlling trans-boundary illegal trade in wildlife.
Source: Information given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment and Forests, in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on March 9, 2007