Friday, May 20, 2005

Are There Some Lessons Here?

Are there some lessons here for tiger conservation?
The "innovative practices" adopted by the State such as recruiting ex-poachers as forest guards augured well for the tiger, said Sunita Narain, Director, Centre for Science and Environment, who is chairman of the taskforce.

"Out of 114 tiger deaths in the country between 1999 and 2003, only five were from Tamil Nadu. Also, out of 211 seizures of tiger parts made by law-enforcing agencies in this period, only four were from Tamil Nadu. Some of the approaches adopted by Tamil Nadu need to be explored by other States," Ms. Narain told The Hindu in a telephonic interview from New Delhi. Madhya Pradesh topped the list with 57 seizures, followed by Uttar Pradesh (44) and West Bengal (39). "Experts pointed out how excluding local communities in forest management and wildlife conservation affected the gathering of intelligence and information, critical to preventing poaching," she said.