NEW DELHI: With its tiger numbers rising to 2,500, India has agreed to help countries revive numbers of the big cat and even promised to relocate some of the species if the environment is favourable for the survival of tigers.
The meeting focused on recovering tiger populations in areas with low densities and restoring numbers in areas from which they have been extirpated by using successful programmes of tiger reintroduction.
Speaking at the 3rd Asian Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that leveraging funding and technical support from international organisations through multilateral and bilateral channels was also important.
Calling for the need to align development and tiger conservation through the participation of locals and other stakeholders, the Minister said, “We believe in partnership with local communities because they are the real protectors.”
The meeting was attended by representative from 13 tiger range countries and the meet adopted the New Delhi Resolution on Tiger Conservation Resolution which includes recovery of tiger in low density protected areas.
“Align development and tiger conservation in a mutually complementary manner by re-orienting development strategies to mainstream the concerns of tiger conservation, such as by integrating tiger and wildlife safeguards in infrastructure at the landscape level, developing partnerships with business groups, and strong engagement with local stakeholders,” the resolution said.