Government has accorded "in principle" approval for creation of two new tiger reserves in the country and has sought proposals from states for giving the status to five more protected areas, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said today.
Government today said that in-principle approval has been given for creation of two new tiger reserves in the country while final nod has been accorded for giving the status to three other protected areas.
Forest rights of tribals and the poor were being denied due to creation of buffer zones around tiger reserves without implementing the Forests Rights Act and sought an immediate halt to such moves, a CPI MP today said.
Tourists have been banned in two major tiger reserves in Coimbatore and Nilgiris districts, following the ban ordered by Supreme Court on tourism in core areas of big cat sanctuaries across the country.
In a bid to strengthen the mechanism for conservation of wild cats, the Environment Ministry has come up with draft guidelines for voluntary village relocation in notified core critical tiger reserves across the country.
A situation akin to Panna and
Sariska reserves, where big cats disappeared, can arise at 18
tiger parks across the country if they are not protected in a
proper manner, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh Friday
With China gearing up to mark
2010 as Year of the Golden Tiger when the demand for animal parts and derivatives are expected to shoot up, forest
reserves which are home to the big cats in India have been put
on high alert.