Lucknow: Concerned over the dwindling
tiger population and rise in man-animal conflict, the National
Tiger Conservation Authority has decided to evaluate the
actual field management of 39 tiger reserves across the
"Project tiger had been rated as one of the most
successful conservation programmes but lately due to the fall
in tiger population as well as cases of poaching and
man-animal conflict, a need was felt to evaluate the actual
field management of the reserves and if required, suggest
changes in the management plan," chairman of one of the five
committees set up for the task, R L Singh told here.
"So far the actual field management evaluation of the
tiger reserve at the national level had not been taken up by
people who have experience in the field", Singh, who is also
the former director of Project Tiger, said.
To carry out this evaluation, five clusters have been
worked out for the 39 tiger reserves with one chairman each to
head them, Singh, who would be heading the cluster evaluating
seven reserves, mostly in the Naxal-hit belt, said.
The decision in this regard was taken recently and
the whole exercise is expected to be completed in about six
months time, Singh said.