Tigers in High Altitudes

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News:Union Environment Minister has released a study on the Status of Tiger Habitats in high altitude ecosystems.

Facts

  • The study was conducted by the Global Tiger Forum(GTF) in partnership with the Governments of Bhutan, India and Nepal and along with the World Wide Fund for Nature(WWF).
  • The study has been supported by the Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Program (ITHCP) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and KfW (German Development Bank).
  • The study has revealed that even ecology at high altitude is compatible for the tiger growth.
  • The study has called for developing a master plan for the Tigers at High altitude with gainful portfolio for local communities and ensuring centrality of tiger conservation in development.
  • The study has also identified possible viable habitats, corridor linkages, anthropogenic pressures and induced landscape-level changes for evolving an in-situ conservation roadmap.

Additional Information:

Global Tiger forum

  • Global Tiger forum is the only intergovernmental platform of tiger range countries which has been consolidating Tiger Action Plans of the range countries.
  • The forum was formed in 1993 on recommendations of an international symposium on Tiger Conservation.It is headquartered in New Delhi, India.

Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme(ITHCP)

  • ITHCP was formed in 2014.It aims to save tigers in the wild, preserve tiger habitats, and support human populations living in tiger landscapes.
  • This initiative was also formed to contribute to the Global Tiger Recovery Programme (GTRP).GTRP is a global effort to double tiger numbers in the wild by 2022.
  • The programme consists of a portfolio of 12 large-scale projects in key Tiger Conservation Landscapes across Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal and Myanmar.