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PROTECTION OF DWINDLING TIGER POPULATION

27 Mar 2017
Rajya Sabha


  1. SHRI BHUPENDER YADAV:

Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:

 (a)        whether Project CAT “Conserving Acres for Tigers” has been launched by Discovery Communications and W W F to increase and protect the dwindling tiger population, if so, the details thereof along with the Government role in the same;

(b)        the details of existing population of tigers, State-wise;

(c)        the schemes of Government which seeks to protect the tiger population along with State/UT-wise details of the funds allocated and utilized for the same during the last three years; and

(d)       the steps taken by Government to discourage pervasive poaching and habitat losses?

 

MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE (SHRI ANIL MADHAV DAVE)

 (a) The Project CAT is an entirely non-governmental effort wherein support is provided by Discovery Communications through symbolic animal adoptions and donations to WWF to carryout conservation activities.  There is no specific role of the Government of India in the said project.

(b)  As per the assessment of the Status of Tigers, Co-predators and Prey, 2014 using the refined methodology, the State-wise tiger population under different landscapes, is at Annexure-I. 

 (c)  Funding assistance has been provided to tiger range States under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Project Tiger, and the details of the funds allocated/released and utilized for the same during the last three years are at Annexure-II.

(d)  The Government of India, through Project Tiger / National Tiger Conservation Authority, has taken a number of initiatives towards tiger conservation, which has resulted in substantial growth in tiger number. These, inter alia, include creation of Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF), All India Tiger, Co-Predators and Prey Estimation and Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of Tiger Reserves done once in every four years, implementation of a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for dealing with tiger deaths, straying of tigers, active management towards rehabilitation of tigers from source areas at landscape level and other aspects, e-surveillance project in some of the identified tiger reserves and intensification of international cooperation to control trans-boundary illegal trade in wildlife etc.


ANNEXURE-I

 

ANNEXURE REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PART (b) OF THE RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2768 ON PROTECTION OF DWINDLING TIGER POPULATION DUE FOR REPLY ON 27.03.2017

Details of tiger estimation pertaining to tiger landscapes in the country,

for the year 2014

 

State

Tiger Population

 

Shivalik-Gangetic Plain Landscape Complex

 

Uttarakhand

340

Uttar Pradesh

117

Bihar

28

Shivalik Gangetic

485 (427-543)

Central Indian Landscape Complex and Eastern Ghats Landscape Complex

 

Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana)

68

Chhattisgarh

46

Madhya Pradesh

308

Maharashtra

190

Odisha

28

Rajasthan

45

Jharkhand

3+

Central India

688 (596-780)

Western Ghats Landscape Complex

 

Karnataka

406

Kerala

136

Tamil Nadu

229

Goa

5

Western Ghats

776 (685-861)

North Eastern Hills and Brahmaputra Flood Plains

 

Assam

167

Arunachal Pradesh

28

Mizoram

3+

North West Bengal

3

North East Hills, and Brahmaputra

201 (174-212)

Sunderbans

76 (92-96)

 

TOTAL

 

2226 (1945-2491)

 

 

+ From scat DNA

♣  From camera trap data and scat DNA

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