Tigers ensure the well-being of forest ecosystems: Bhupender Yadav | Nagpur News

NAGPUR: Community dependent on natural resources is an important aspect of tiger conservation, and ‘people’s agenda’ is high on India’s ‘tiger agenda’, says environment minister Bhupender Yadav.
“Tigers, the main predators of the ecosystem, are essential for regulating and perpetuating ecological processes. Ensuring the conservation of this large carnivore guarantees the well-being of forest ecosystems, the biodiversity they represent as well as the security of the water and climate,” Yadav said.
The minister was speaking at the 4th Asian Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation, an important event to review progress under the Global Tiger Recovery Program (GTRP) and commitments to tiger conservation.
The minister further said that India will assist tiger range countries to finalize the New Delhi Declaration for the Global Tiger Summit (GTS) to be held in Vladivostok, Russia later this year. A “pre-tiger summit” meeting was held in Delhi in 2010, where the draft tiger conservation statement for GTS was finalized.
Stating that India achieved the remarkable feat of doubling the tiger population in 2018 itself, four years ahead of the target year of 2022, Yadav said India’s successful model of tiger governance is now being replicated for d other wild animals like lions, dolphins, leopards, snow leopards and other small wild cats, as the country is set to introduce cheetahs to its historic range.
The minister said the budgetary allocation for tiger conservation has increased from Rs 185 crore in 2014 to Rs 300 crore in 2022. CA|TS Accreditation,” he said.
Yadav said our frontline staff are an important pillar of tiger conservation and therefore we have extended Rs 2 lakh life cover to every contract/temporary worker under e-Shram, a recent initiative by the Ministry of Labor and Employment, and Rs 5 lakh health cover under Ayushman Yojana.
“About 4.3 million man-days of employment are generated by 51 tiger reserves in India and funds from the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) are used to promote the voluntary resettlement of villages in the core areas of the tiger reserves,” Yadav said. .
Highlighting the increase in organized poaching driven by international demand for tiger body parts and products, depletion of tiger prey and habitat loss as major challenges for tiger conservation, the Minister said: “The status of the wild tiger continues to be in jeopardy around the world and there. are country- and region-specific issues that also affect tigers. The situation calls for active international cooperation as well as co-adaptive and active management.
In India, tigers inhabit a wide variety of habitats ranging from high mountains, mangrove swamps, high grasslands to dry and humid deciduous forests, as well as evergreen forest systems. By virtue of this, the tiger is not only a conservation icon but also an umbrella species for the majority of the Indian subcontinent’s ecosystem.
India is one of the founding members of the Intergovernmental Platform of Tiger Range Countries – Global Tiger Forum (GTF), and over the years, the GTF has expanded its agenda to several areas themes, while working closely with government, tiger states and the tiger. range countries.