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MPs move to save the Tiger

Thursday 28 April 2005

Staff Correspondent

NEW DELHI: A meeting of all the Field Directors of the tiger reserves and the Chief Wildlife Wardens of the States is being convened in early May to discuss the measures that need to be taken for the better management of the reserves in the light of the final results of the independent experts’ monitoring.

Some other issues to be raised include the immediate steps necessary to address the problem of poaching during the monsoon and the implementation of enhanced methodology of tiger census.

The Minister of Environment and Forests, A. Raja, said this here on Wednesday while interacting with a group of Parliamentarians who have constituted a forum called "Tiger And Wilderness Watch" to save the tiger in particular and to promote the conservation of forests and wildlife in general.

Mr. Raja said that this interaction would provide strong support to the efforts of the Ministry in identifying and addressing the problems of management of tiger reserves and conservation of tigers in the country. He apprised the members of the interim findings of a group of experts, independent monitors set up by Project Tiger in July 2004 to conduct an exhaustive, rigorous survey and the evaluation of the state of the management of all 28 tiger reserves in the country by April 2005 in terms of an internationally accepted methodology.

Mr. Raja also apprised the Forum members of the work that has been done so far with respect to improvements in the tiger estimation methodology and the specific plans for application of the improved methodology during the forthcoming tiger census from November 2005 to February 2006.

The members emphasised the need for taking urgent action to prevent poaching.

The members of the Forum, who met Mr. Raja included the Minister of State for Tourism, Renuka Chowdhury, and Members of Parliament B.J. Panda, Suresh Prabhu, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Anand Sharma, and Manvendra Singh.

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