Recently, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has announced the 14 Tiger Reserves in India have received the Global CA|TS recognition.
14 Tiger Reserves get Global CA|TS recognition
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.
- It has been agreed upon as accreditation tool by the global coalition of Tiger Range Countries (TRCs) and has been developed by tiger and protected area experts.
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About Global CA|TS recognition
Global CA|TS recognition is a globally accepted conservation tool that sets best practice and standards to manage tigers and encourages assessments to benchmark progress.
- Habitats which support tiger populations are the building blocks of wild tiger conservation and effectively managing them is essential for long-term survival of wild tigers, said officials.
- CA|TS is being implemented across 125 sites in seven tiger range countries and India has the highest 94 sites, out of which assessment was completed for 20 tiger reserves this year.
Global Tiger Recovery Programme
- In the 2010 declaration, 13 countries, including India, agreed to a Global Tiger Recovery Programme.
- It pledged to strive to double the number of tigers by 2022 by doing everything possible to effectively manage, preserve, protect, and enhance habitats.
- India is home to 52 tiger reserves spread across 18 states and the last tiger census of 2018 showed a rise in the tiger population.
India achieved the target of doubling of tiger population 4 years ahead of schedule of the St. Petersburg Declaration on tiger Conservation.
About Global Tiger Forum (GTF)
- It is an international NGO working on tiger conservation, and World Wildlife Fund India are the two implementing partners of the National Tiger Conservation Authority for CATS assessment in India.
- It is an inter-governmental and international body established to embark on a worldwide campaign, common approach, promotion of appropriate programmes and controls to save the remaining five sub-species of tigers in the wild distributed over 14 tiger range countries of the world.
- It was formed in 1994 with its secretariat at New Delhi.
- It is the only inter-governmental & international body campaigning to save the TIGER worldwide.
It shall meet once in three years.
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