Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar has said that the National Tiger Conservation Authority in collaboration with Wildlife Crime Control Bureau would be soon launching a MIS based tiger tracking system. The Minister stated this while addressing the 10th meeting of the National Tiger Conservation Authority here today.
Elaborating further, Shri Javadekar said that MIS based tracking would strengthen the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and help in controlling wildlife crimes in tiger reserves. Appreciating the need of technology in the field of tiger conservation, the Minister said that the use of NRSA “Alert System” would also be utilized in case of disasters pertaining to fire and floods.
The Minister further said that the Government believed in development in consonance with conservation. Emphasizing the need to conserve the tiger reserves in the country the Minister said that there is a need to make wildlife conservation the ‘People’s Movement’. It was critical for each stakeholder to participate in making tiger conservation a reality. He further stated that States also needed to be critical stakeholders in the effort to preserve the tiger population in the country.
National Tiger Conservation Authority has been the nodal agency in the field of tiger conservation for more than 40 years. Its projects spread over 47 reserves in 18 states. The Authority deliberated on varied agenda for promoting tiger conversation which also included requesting the State of Karnataka for initiating a proposal for the establishment of Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary as a tiger reserve. The Authority also proposed to carry out Management of Effectiveness Evaluation annually in tiger reserves by States. The NTCA also deliberated on instituting a new award, National Tiger Conservation Authority Award for successful conservation of endangered species other than tigers in tiger reserves.
The Authority took note of the recent initiatives taken to strengthen wild life conservation in the country. These, inter-alia, include tiger deaths and steps taken to address poaching, deployment of local workforce for protection, use of information technology (e-Eye) in surveillance, smart patrolling through M-STrIPES protocol, reserve level monitoring etc. The initiatives also included central assistance provided to States under Project Tiger as well as grants provided to States from NTCA, tiger translocation within landscapes, capacity building, progress relating to assessment of tiger population, independent evaluation of tiger reserves and statutory compliances