Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Bhupendra Yadav today said that Tiger Conservation is a symbol of conservation of forests. He said government’s approach has been an inclusive one integrating scientific and traditional knowledge along with people’s participation which is vital for conservation of flora and fauna of the country. Mr Yadav was speaking at a virtual event on the occasion of Global Tiger Day.
He also released the report ‘Status of Leopards, Co-predators and Megaherbivores-2018’ stating that the report is a testimony to the fact that conservation of tigers leads to the conservation of entire ecosystem.
During all India tiger estimation 2018, leopard population was also estimated within the forested habitats in tiger occupied states of the country. The overall leopard population in tiger range landscape of India in 2018 was estimated at 12,852. This is a significant increase from the 2014 figure that was 7,910 in forested habitats of 18 tiger bearing states of the country.
The event also showcased the 14 Tiger Reserves in India which received the accreditation of the Global Conservation Assured/Tiger Standards. The 14 tiger reserves which have been accredited are Manas, Kaziranga and Orang in Assam, Satpura, Kanha and Panna in Madhya Pradesh, Pench in Maharashtra, Valmiki Tiger Reserve in Bihar, Dudhwa in Uttar Pradesh,Sunderbans in West Bengal, Parambikulam in Kerala, Bandipur Tiger Reserve of Karnataka and Mudumalai and Anamalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu.