Wednesday 31 July 2013

Author(s): Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava

Tiger reserved

Tiger tourism booms without proper regulation; new guidelines attempt to contain damage

Tiger reserved

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  • It seems there is no way

    It seems there is no way (given our 'donations' funded democracy)that one could effectively regulate all the resorts that have sprung up in / around Corbett, let alone check on the nefarious activities going on there. Perhaps one thing that could be done is to institute a FUND that would provide incentives / rewards to help track down tiger poachers / killers. Such a Fund could be set up by the Corbett resorts & hotels and if enough moolah is collected, part could also be used to enhance payment of compensation to farmers whose cattle are lifted by tigers. Also, the question of tiger density would have to be addressed sooner or later.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
  • To Editor: It seems that the

    To Editor:
    It seems that the first illustration by Anirban Bora is shown on this page upside down. Can you please check?

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
  • How can you suggest "Such a

    How can you suggest "Such a Fund could be set up by the Corbett resorts & hotels"? Read the article carefully, the incidence of cattle being lifted has gone down, so where does the question of using the so-called FUND money to compensate them arise? A FUND funded by the resort/hotels?? Are you serious? And why should tiger density be addressed? Why shouldn't mushrooming of resorts/hotels in the name of "tourism" be addressed? Why shouldnt these be banned totally? A forest reserve is about wildlife management and NOT tourism management.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
  • Dear Malay, That is the whole

    Dear Malay,

    That is the whole point of the illustration--the tiger business in Corbett is completely upside down:)

    Posted by: Anirban Bora | 3 years ago | Reply
  • The article has lucidly

    The article has lucidly explained the modus operandi of the high and the mighty. The high moral ground that they claim in tv shows and magazines will be blown to pieces if their reality can be brought out. Unfortunately, they are very shrewd and will do anything to protect their business interests. Their skulduggery can only stop with alas!!! the extinction of the tiger. Although they may not want this to happen, they are moving in that direction with their actions. I have a feeling that if we can check the list of donors to the Save the tiger campaigns run by some channel, we will find many of these persons who for their business interests are destroying the Corbett and in the process taking the life out of the tiger

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
  • Excellent article. Project

    Excellent article.

    Project Tiger was launched by Kailash Sankhala in India in 1973. The project aims at ensuring a viable population of Bengal tigers in their natural habitats and preserving areas of biological importance as a natural heritage forever represented as close as possible the diversity of ecosystems across the tiger's distribution in the country. The project's task force visualized these tiger reserves as breeding nuclei, from which surplus animals would emigrate to adjacent forests. Funds and commitment were mastered to support the intensive program of habitat protection and rehabilitation under the project. The government has set up a Tiger Protection Force to combat poachers, and funded the relocation of up to 200,000 villagers to minimize human-tiger conflicts
    During the tiger census of 2006, a new methodology was used extrapolating site-specific densities of tigers, their co-predators and prey derived from camera trap and sign surveys using GIS. Based on the result of these surveys, the total tiger population has been estimated at 1,411 individuals ranging from 1,165 to 1,657 adult and sub-adult tigers of more than 1.5 years of age.

    Required Measures:

    a) Use of Information and Communication technology in Wildlife Protection and Crime Risk Management in Tiger reserves.

    Wildlife protection and crime risk management in the present scenario requires a widely distributed Information Network, using the state-of-art Information and Communication Technology. This becomes all the more important to ensure the desired level of protection in field formations to safeguard the impressive gains of a focused project like 'Project Tiger'. The important elements in Wildlife protection and control are: Mapping/plotting the relative spatial abundance of wild animals, identification of risk factors, proximity to risk factors, sensitivity categorization, crime mapping and immediate action for apprehending the offenders based on effective networking and communication. Space technology has shown the interconnectivity of natural and anthropogenic phenomena occurring anywhere on earth. Several Tiger Reserves are being linked with the Project Tiger Directorate in the GIS domain for Wildlife Crime Risk Management.

    b) GIS based digitized database and MIS development/networking in Tiger Reserves:

    With the advanced IT tools, a wide gamut of software solutions are available to improve wildlife related information capture process, its analysis and informed decision making. Geographic Information System is the most relevant of these technologies for natural resource management projects, including wildlife management. The mandate of project tiger is to conserve tigers in a holistic manner. The GIS based database at PTHQ is being linked with the microcomputers in the Tiger Reserves, so that a dynamic linkage for rapid information flow is established using Arc IMS facility.

    c) Tiger Habitat & Population Evaluation System for the Indian Sub Continent.

    Tigers now need a "preservationist" approach. Regional planning is important around Tiger Reserves to foster ecological connectivity between protected areas through restorative inputs with integrated land use planning. The management plan of a Tiger Reserve, therefore, needs to be integrated in larger regional management plans.

    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
  • Excellent piece of

    Excellent piece of investigative journalism/activism. Kudos to the author for a thought provoking article. I cringe in disbelief in the way human beings so blatantly flaunt their greed and contempt for any thing other than money. A feeling of helplessness is what comes to mind when we read the article. But that apart, we have to live in this world and it might be a distant call to change the way we are. The best way to make it better would be to have an auction for the rights to tourism in a tiger park..i know this is frought with dangers, but then we might pit one mans greed against other and save our precious wildlife..
    i leave the topic for further evaluation by brighter minds

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
  • This is an interesting report

    This is an interesting report but the suspicions seems to fall on the local people. Until India is brave enough to take everyone who lives in a buffer zone out of it or make it impossible for them to forage in the forests enmity and man animal conflict will continue. Sadly the Tiger is too precious to us all globally but greed, inertia and corruption plays such a huge part in India's governance and bureaucracy that it is difficult to eradicate any really criminals, poachers and profiteers.
    The Tiger is a magnificent animal and if left alone breeds prolifically. If only the Indian Govt could work within all its departments and see the benefit to animal conservation and tourism but they don't appear to really care and only pay lip service to that philosphy to the detriment of the whole of India

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
  • Nice Article

    Nice Article

    Posted by: Anonymous | 7 months ago | Reply
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