New Delhi: Six countries, including Russia and China, have sought India`s help to replicate Project Tiger, one of the most successful conservation programmes running in the country to protect the big cats from extinction.
During the first stock-taking conference held in the capital in mid-May to review implementation of the Global Tiger Recovery Program (GTRP), tiger range countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Russia, Vietnam, Myanmar and China approached India to help them in conserving tigers.
leaving nepal, none of the countries has done any tiger census and no idea about number tigers present in wild.
"india been running one most successful conservation programnes since 1973 range want us to help them replicate it there," said rajesh gopal, member secretary, national authority (ntca).
he india would support future programme action other countries.
"such cooperation will give an opportunity come centrestage out with a atlas world," gopal.
India has 1,706 tigers in the wild -- the highest numbers in the world. The credit for saving tigers in the country goes to the central government`s Project Tiger, launched in 1973.
considering the urgency of situation, project tiger was converted into ntca, a statutory authority, in 2006 with more power and separate funding for conservation tigers.
india took lead by forming global forum (gtf), an international body established members from willing countries to embark on campaign protect animal.
india`s environment minister jayanthi natarajan currently chairs forum. other include bangladesh, vietnam, cambodia, bhutan, nepal myanmar.
india russia have recently come up joint resolution agreed action tigers.
collaboration is already going nepal, while vietnam myanmar want india`s help assessment capacity building.
india`s success story reintroducing tigers wild has generated keen interest, says gopal.
"india good experience re-introduction wild, which terms planning, execution monitoring. interest evinced russian side leopard re-introduction, india may share these experiences mutual benefit," he said.
besides, can monitoring electronic surveillance reserves, training building field officers>