Karnataka tiger

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India – WIO News

Growing tiger numbers leads to big cats spilling out of forests in Karnataka.

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In July 2019 India had reasons to cheer after the Prime Minister announced the All India Tiger Estimation results of 2018. In four years, India had seen an increase of 700 of these big cats. But with the growth in tiger population, bigger challenges now face the forest departments.

On October 13, a 4-day operation by the Karnataka Forest department led to the capture of a young tiger from around the Bandipur Tiger Reserve. The tiger had been tormenting villagers, by killing 2 people and over a dozen cattle. 6 veterinarians, multiple teams and forest department elephants identified the tiger using camera traps and pug marks and managed to tranquilise it.

But while the department has been lauded for capturing the big cat, the problems are bigger than that.

Commentary

Because Indian state Karnataka has been successful with tiger conservation some of the forests are filled with tigers.

So they go looking for other places, also entering human habitats. The result: increasing human-tiger conflicts.

The state of Karnataka refuses to expand the tiger areas in a real progressive way, getting more and citizens jeopardized by growing chances on human tiger conflicts.

#tiger #tigernews

Malayan tiger

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Malaysia – The Malaysian Insight

Budget 2020 a boon to tiger conservation, says WWF-Malaysia.

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Wide Fund for Nature-Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia) is ecstatic that Budget 2020 fulfils its biggest wish: to help save Malayan tigers, of which fewer than 200 roam the wild.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, when tabling the budget in Parliament on Friday, said the government will allocate RM48 million to preserve the country’s forests and natural biodiversity.

Commentary

There is always discussion about budget. Some say it’s enough, others complains it’s not enough.

Malaysia committed to saving the Malayan tiger from extinction. They allocated 48 million Malayan RInggit, some US$ 11,5 million. The total budget of Malaysia will be 297 billion RM, almost 71 billion US$.

You can tell for yourself if Malaysia’s actions are in comparison with its words.

#tiger #tigernews

Budget tiger

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Malaysia – New Straits Times

2020 Budget: Mixed reaction to biodiversity allocation.

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Budget’s allocation for preserving the environment has drawn mixed reactions from environmentalists and academics.

Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) president Prof Dr Ahmad Ismail commended the government for proceeding with its current fiscal policy of returning 50 per cent of the tourism tax proceeds to the respective states.

He further said the move in Kedah could deter logging in the catchment of Ulu Muda, while encouraging the state to convert the forest reserve into a state park.

“This can also attract ecotourism and create more opportunities for the economy,” he said adding that the forest also provided water to Penang.

Commentary

Like in 2010 during the St. Petersburg Tiger summit Malaysia made big promises: doubling the number of 500 tigers.

Now in 2019 the number of tigers is around 200, which is a decrease of 60 (!) per cent.

The responsible minister – dr. Xavier Jayakumar – made big promises. He said in 2018: “It might sound a bit drastic but if you want to save Malayan tigers, we have to take drastic action as well.”

Only strong words don’t save tigers. Give the people that know what to do the money so they can do it.

If you don’t have the money? Just raise the taxes on palm oil companies: they are the ones responsible for the situation of tigers in the first place.

#tiger #tigernews

Wildlife Week tiger roaming
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India – The Hindu
Photo credits – David Shephard Wildlife Foundation – A. Seymour

Governor’s pat for tiger conservation.

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Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has called for creating greater awareness on human-wildlife conflicts.

Pointing out that the issue could be a result of lopsided models of development, he called for steps to protect people and their properties against such dangers.

He was delivering the valedictory address to mark the conclusion of the Wildlife Week observance at a function organised at the Forest Department headquarters here on Tuesday.

Commentary

An Indian governor calls for more awareness on human-tiger-conflicts.

The problems with HTCs are encroachment and lack of corridors.

If India wants to end HTCs it needs to create much more corridors so tigers from overpopulated tiger areas can move to less populated areas.

Furthermore India can do so much more on preventing people to live near tiger areas (protected or not). Encroachment is a main cause to deal with.

#tiger #tigernews

Madhya Pradesh tiger

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India – Hindustan Times

Madhya Pradesh redraws plan for 10 wildlife sanctuaries after MLAs, villagers object.

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Under pressure from lawmakers and villagers, the Madhya Pradesh forest department has decided to reduce the area of 10 green corridors to connect tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries in the state by one third.

According to the forest department, the state has six tiger reserves, 10 national parks and 25 wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh, which are poorly connected to each other resulting in increase in human-animal conflict.

The forest department had planned to development 10 sanctuaries in the state to facilitate easier movement of wildlife from one habitat to another and to have more homes for animals. The plan, forest minister Umang Singhar said, would also reduce territorial fights and casualties.

Commentary

The Forest Department of Indian State Madhya Pradesh wants to create tiger corridors because there is not enough space for the current number of tigers.

But the plan is redrawn after protets of lawmakers, that chose sides of villagers that are to be relocated.

India:
1,370,104,415 people
yearly growth: 13,775,474 people

2,967 tigers

Is there any more to say?

#tiger #tigernews

Pretty Boy tiger

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United Kingdom – The Times

Three stripes and you’re out: Pretty Boy the tiger doomed after killing third villager in Rajasthan.

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He is among the most beautiful wild tigers in the world. But Pretty Boy has become one of India’s most notorious man-eaters after killing three villagers, and is now at the centre of a battle over whether he should be caged for life — or put down.

“The animal was growing normally, leaving its mother and hunting prey, but it turned killer,” according to Andy Rouse, a British photographer who has taken pictures of Pretty Boy, 3, in Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan since he was a cub.

Commentary

Another Ranthambore tiger that is a victim of the failing Rajasthan state wildlife policy is Pretty Boy.

Pretty Boy is a beautiful tiger but due to the unavailability of sufficient habitat it needs to go out of human set boundaries. While doing so this tiger thinks it has to protect its habitat against introducers, not knowing humans also live there. This already led to three human casualties.

The problem behind this lays within the success of the past wildlife policy of Rajasthan: due to this success many tigers were able to succesfully reproduce. That’s wonderful.

On the other hand, due to the commercial success of Ranthambore the area got hust too many people and business so Ranthambore is not able to expand to host the growing amount of tigers – as is necessary.

So too many tigers, not enough space to live and too many people… well, you can do the maths yourself.

In this case Pretty Boy was tranquilized again (for the 6th time) and removed to a 2-hectare facility as it allegedly killed three humans.

But more Pretty Boys will follow if Rajasthan doesn’t change its policy soon.

#tiger #tigernews

Asian tiger

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Dr. M. says Malaysia can be new Asian tiger under WKB2030.

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The Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (WKB2030) can put Malaysia as a new a Asian Tiger and provide a decent standard of living for all Malaysians by 2030, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Prime Minister said it will give higher value to the country’s economy and make Malaysia a nation that is competitive, of high integrity and dignity.

“This will make Malaysia regain the trust of the market and investors and be able to place Malaysia as a new Asian Tiger,” he said when launching WKB2030 here today.

Commentary

The Malayan prime minster Mahathir Mohamad has just presented a vision about Malaysia’s future.

He uses the tiger and says Malaysia can be a new Asian tiger.

Although it is understood what he wants to say, he’d better do his research on tigers in Asia, especially the Malayan tiger.

Comparing your future economy with an animal that is about to go extinct is not a wise thing to do, it seems.

#tiger #tigernews

Bikram Keshari Arukh

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India – Pragativadi

65th Wildlife Week: Odisha Govt committed to conserve wildlife species, says Minister.

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The government is committed to the conservation and growth of wildlife species in the state, minister for forest and environment Bikram Keshari Arukh said.

Speaking as the chief guest on the 65th state-level Wildlife Week at Jaydev Bhavan here on Friday, Arukh urged the social organizations to initiate steps for the peaceful coexistence of man and animal. He said a peaceful coexistence is always good for our society.

The minister said Odisha is the only state where one can find three species of crocodiles, black Royal Bengal Tiger, migratory birds, Olive Ridley turtles, and rich mangroves. Arukh said the government has taken due steps to conserve nearly 52 endangered species. He said the department has taken the initiative to conserve 155 species including the above mentioned 52 in Nandankanan.

Commentary

The Odisha minister that is responsible for forests, mr. Bikram Keshari Arukh, is telling that the government of Odisha is committed to conserve wildlife species.

He was speaking as the chief guest on the 65th state-level Wildlife Week.

But actions speak louder than words. With all the help from the Indian government, Odisha has even managed to lose tigers (32 in 2010, now 28).

Show the world that you can do more than just talk, mr. Bikram Keshari Arukh, and just make sure the poaching stops.

#tiger #tigernews

Ratapani tiger

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India – Financial Express

Ratapani Tiger Reserve: Madhya Pradesh to get 7th tiger reserve.

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Known as the Tiger state of India, Madhya Pradesh is set to get its 7th tiger reserve. The tiger reserve which has been proposed to be carved out of the Ratapani wildlife sanctuary will be known as the Ratapani Tiger Reserve.

A report published in the Indian Express suggested that the declaration was made recently and the central Indian state is inching closer to get a new tiger reserve. It also said that the committee of the state government has submitted a report consisting of the final outline of the core and buffer areas of the tiger reserve that was proposed.

The proposal of the Ratapani tiger reserve has been in government’s shelves for more than a decade, the report added.

Commentary

After 10 years of denying, delaying, and discussing Indian state Madhya Pradesh will finally decide to make Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary a tiger reserve.

This means more protection for tigers and more possibilities for managing their habitat.

Well done at last Madhya Pradesh!

#tiger #tigernews

Indian tiger

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USA – Mongabay

MoEFCC expert committee gives wildlife clearance for Kaiga nuclear plant’s expansion .

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Clearing the final hurdle in the expansion of the capacity of the Kaiga Atomic power plant in Karwar area of Karnataka, an expert wildlife panel led by the Indian government’s environment minister Prakash Javadekar has recommended wildlife clearance to it. 

The project related to setting up of pressurised heavy water reactor-based nuclear power plant with installed capacity of 1,400 megawatt (MW) comprising of two units of 700 MW each in the existing premises of 54.09 hectares at Kaiga plant located 1.30 kilometres away from the boundary of the Kali Tiger Reserve got the go-ahead in the meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife (SC-NBWL) on August 29, 2019.

Commentary

The Indian government meets demands of the NTCA, the Indian tiger authority and is allowed to expand a nuclear power plant, two kilometers away from tiger reserve.

#tiger #tigernews

Gandhi, Rahul
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India – Hindustan Times
Photo credits – NDTV

Rahul To Visit Wayanad To Support Youth Protesting Ban On Night Travel.

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All political parties in Wayanad have come together to form an action council and launched an indefinite strike saying night travel ban has crippled their lives. The movement of traffic through the forest was banned from 9 pm to 6 am in an effort to reduce disturbance to wildlife.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will arrive in his constituency in Wayanad on Tuesday to meet the people who are on hunger strike in Sultan Bathery against the ban on night commuting along the Kozhikkode-Bangaluru National Highway 766 that passes through the Bandipur tiger reserve.

Commentary

In Indian state Karnataka a road crosses a tiger reserve. There is a ban to drive at nights. Young people say it affects their lives and are on hunger strike.

There is a legal battle to lift the ban but the Supreme Court supports the tiger reserve: the ban must stay. The Supreme Court asked authorities to develop an alternate route.

Politicians always use these kinds of situations to gain voters. In this case congress leader Rahul Gandhi is supporting the hunger strikers. But in doing so he lets tigers down.

Maybe he’d better use his influence to speed up the process to create an alternate road?

#tiger #tigernews

Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary

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India – The New Indian Express

Despite NTCA Nod, Sunabeda Tiger Reserve Hanging Fire.

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At a time when Odisha is facing backlash over poor execution of big cat conservation programmes, the State Government is sitting over notifying the Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary in Nuapada as a tiger reserve (TR).

The proposed tiger reserve, which was granted in-principle approval a decade back, is facing inordinate delay for reasons best known to the Forest and Environment department.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has been requesting the State Government to expedite steps to issue final notification for Sunabeda Tiger Reserve at the earliest.

The proposal is pending before the department irrespective of the fact that all formalities required to notify Sunabeda as a tiger reserve were completed by the State wildlife wing earlier this year.

Commentary

Indian State Odish, under fire because of poor tiger protection results, is now again making the news in a bad way.

The Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary in Nuapada has everything to become a tiger reserve, where tigers get more protection and attention. It even has the approval of the Indian tiger authority, the NTCA.

But the Odisha government is -again- excelling in poor actions. Now they ‘forget’ to decide to make this sanctuary a tiger reserve.

The reason is why? What other interests are at stake for the people at the government?

#tiger #tigernews

Boris Johnson tiger
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United Kingdom – iNews

Photo credits – The Spectator

Boris Johnson unveils £220m funding to protect endangered animals.

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A new £220m fund created to protect endangered animals, such as the black rhino and the Sumatran tiger, from extinction will be unveiled by Boris Johnson on Monday.

The Prime Minister will call for urgent action to stop the dramatic loss of biodiversity across the globe.

Commentary

Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom will invest $US 275 million to save endangered animals like the black rhino and the Sumatran tiger.

Will other political leaders from around the world follow his example?

#tiger #tigernews

tiger census
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India – Times of India

Photo credits: Deccan Herald

No Glitches In Tiger Estimation Numbers, Claims WII.

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Scientists of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) as well as officials of Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) on Friday reacted to a media report which alleged that there were glitches in the tiger estimation exercise of 2015 conducted by WII and National Tiger Conservation Authority.

The exercise had counted 2,226 tigers and photographed 1,635 but it was alleged that 221 of these “tiger photos” — or around 16% of the numbers — should not have been counted as it was found “after an analysis of the pictures that one of seven could be a paper tiger photographed twice; in some cases even thrice; photos repeated, and photos repeated but shown as that of different tigers in the data set.”

YV Jhala, senior scientist of WII and principal investigator of the tiger estimation report said that “there is no question of duplicating or inflating the numbers as we still have the data and albums very much saved with us.”

Commentary

Yadvendra Yhala of the Wildlife Institute of India (a governmental agency) denies the supposed glitches in tiger censuses.

He says the contrary is true: that the numbers are even under-reported.

On the other hand, the WII is fueling speculation by being not transparent on the process and the findings.

The question is: why?

#tiger #tigernews

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India – India Today

Rumble In The Jungle - Tiger Tourism.

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A plan to set up an ’empowered wildlife advisory committee’ in Madhya Pradesh has been caught up in the conservation versus tourism debate and is facing stiff resistance from the state’s forest department.

A proposal to create such a body was recently sent to the state government by Delhi-based conservationist Valmik Thapar (who was also recently appointed to the state’s wildlife advisory board). The proposal has been rejected by the state’s chief wildlife warden, U. Prakasham, who says that such a committee is not needed.

A section of conservationists had also opposed the proposal-they argue that such a committee would favour tourism over conservation.

Commentary

A pro-tourism lobby group in Indian state Madhya Pradesh – that calls itself an ’empowered wildlife advisory committee’ – wants to have more to say about tiger conservation.

Of course the state’s forest department rejected the proposal. As it is all about increasing profits and not about tigers.

Let the Indian tourism sector first show that they can transform into eco-tourism and really contribute to tiger conservation.

Otherwise Madhya Pradesh tiger reserves also end up as tiger tourist traps like Ranthambore.

#tiger #tigernews

Kaziranga tiger

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India – Hindustan Times

Assam Approves Kaziranga Eco Sensitive Zone Proposal, Sends It To Centre.

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In line with the Supreme Court’s directions, Assam government has approved a draft proposal for a long pending eco-sensitive zone around the Kaziranga National Park and sent it to the Centre, officials of the state’s Department of Environment and Forest said on Wednesday.

The move is aimed at regulating activity including mining around the famed national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to the big five including the one-horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal tiger, elephant, water buffalo and swamp deer among other species.

Commentary

To regulate, manage or prevent eco-sensitive activities (like hotels, mining) the Assam government finally followed up on a Supreme Court decision to create a Eco Sensitve Zone around Kaziranga National Park.

But the fight doesn’t seem to be over as the opposition thinks the proposed zone is not enough.

#tiger #tigernews

Electrocuted tiger

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India – The Wire

Environment Ministry Appeals To Keep Power Lines At Bay From Wildlife.

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Every year, an average of 50 elephants are killed in India by electrocution, according to official data. These pachyderms meet their end as they stumble upon ill-maintained power lines and the electrical infrastructure passing through their forest abodes.

To prevent the death of elephants and other wildlife from electrocution, the expert wildlife panel of India’s environment ministry has called for developing a nationwide strategy for long-term planning of electricity grid networks.

The panel recommended measures like burying transmission lines underground, setting up reinforced electric poles fitted with spikes to prevent elephants from rubbing against them, lifting sagging overhead power lines and dismantling of defunct solar-powered fences to protect the animals from coming in contact with these potential sources of electrocution.

Commentary

Electrocution is a major cause of death for tigers in India: more than 30% of all deaths of Indian tigers!

But nobody is telling about it because poaching is easier to talk about.

The NTCA wants to make all possibilities that can electrocute tigers (or other animals) disappear (in the ground or with other solutions). Even the Indian Supreme Court was involved.

But it is still talks and no action – since July 2018.

Politics as usual.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger conference

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India – Orissa Post

India, Russia To Jointly Work On Tiger Conservation.

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India and Russia agreed Wednesday to hold a joint high level tiger forum next year, acknowledging the leadership role being played by both the countries to conserve the endangered species.

The decision was taken during a bilateral meeting held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin here.

“Both leaders attach a lot of importance to the environment and in particular to the tiger conservation,” Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told a media briefing. “It has been decided that next year, India and Russia will do a bilateral forum to take forward the tiger conservation,” he added.

Commentary

Prime ministers Modi (India) and Putin (Russia) are having talks in Vladivostok (Russia).

One of the things they discuss is taking the lead in tiger conservation. Which is logical because both countries make progress in tiger numbers, organisation and creating awareness about conservation issues.

They agreed upon organising a joint high level tiger forum next year, a welcome initiative.

Let’s hope this one is more successful than the one in Russia in 2010. The Global Tiger Initiative (GTI), which was organized by WWF and the WorldBank, turned out to be a disaster with dramatic consequences for tigers in countries like Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar.

We hope for a more constructive forum where the right issues will be discussed:

  • how to stop tiger farming?
  • how to stop Chinese syndicates from killing all wild animals in the world?
  • how to stop corruption?
  • how to stop unsustainable tiger tourism in India and Thailand?
  • how to stop governments that only care about economics?

#tiger #tigernews

Aceh dam

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Indonesia – Mongabay

Indonesian Court Cancels Dam Project In Last Stronghold Of Tigers, Rhinos.

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A court in Indonesia has annulled a permit allowing the development of a $3 billion hydropower plant in a forest that’s home to critically endangered tigers, rhinos and orangutans.

The court in Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province on the northern tip of Sumatra, issued the ruling Aug. 28, in a lawsuit filed in March by the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), the country’s biggest green NGO. The respondents in the suit are the Aceh provincial government, which issued the permit, and PT Kamirzu, the Indonesian subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Prosperity International Holding, the recipient of the permit.

Commentary

The Indonesian governments learns a hard lesson: the court overrules a decision to build a power plant in one of the last strongholds of tigers in Indionesia: the Leuser ecosystem.

Justice!

#tiger #tigernews

Telenanga tiger

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India – Telangana Today

Photo credit: The Hans India

Uranium Mining In Telangana Forests: Impact Report Under Way.

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The proposals for exploratory drilling for eventual possible mining of uranium in Nallamala forests in the State, in two blocks of forest covering 83 square kilometres, appear to be moving forward with field level officers of the Forest Department tasked with preparing reports on tree cover, existence of roads and presence of wild animals in the identified areas.

It may be recalled that an in-principle approval was given for exploratory drilling for uranium this past May by Union Ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change in an area of seven square kilometres. in two blocks of 3 and 4 square kilometres

Commentary

The State Government of Telangana wants to push mining of uranium despite all environmental destruction – even in protected tiger core areas (Amrabad Tiger Reserve).

When are politicians going to learn to respect nature – the foundation of all life?

Stop the mining in Telangana forests!


 

#tiger #tigernews

Kerinci tiger habitat

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USA/Indonesia – Mongabay

A Tiger Refuge In Sumatra Gets A Reprieve From Road Building.

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The rainforests that once carpeted Indonesia’s Sumatra Island are among the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems, home to iconic species like the Sumatran tiger, rhino and orangutan. They are also among the most imperiled; in just two decades, between 1990 and 2010, Sumatra lost 40 percent of its old-growth forest. The tigers, rhinos and orangutans that roamed those forests are now critically endangered.

Much of the intact forest that remains is protected, at least nominally, in a series of National Parks, and, since 2004, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (TRHS).

Commentary

Indonesia has to do so much more to save its top tiger reserve Kerinci Seblat.

This article gives an excellent insight on how a beautiful nature area is being wasted by agriculture, logging, mining and poaching.

Please step up Indonesia!

#tiger #tigernews

Bhutan

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Hong Kong – Asian Sentinel

Massive Dam Complex Threatens Bhutan’s Philosophy

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The kingdom of Bhutan, whose now-abdicated monarch Jigme Singy Wangchuk won the admiration of the world’s environmentalists by weaving sustainable development, environmental and cultural preservation and good governance into his governing philosophy, now has raised alarms because of a plan to dam numerous rivers and export the power to neighboring countries as a method of lifting the kingdom out of poverty. 

The regime in the capital Thimpu governs one of Asia’s most intriguing countries, with its snow-dipped Himalayan mountains, maroon-robed monks, given the formerly absolute monarch’s voluntary decision to bequeath democracy to his people and the plan to measure well-being through what Jigme called Gross National Happiness rather than development – until now. 

Commentary

Strong rumors of a dam being built in the jungles of Bhutan are getting stronger.

Will Bhutan, where the now-abdicated monarch Jigme Singy Wangchuk won the admiration of the world’s environmentalists by weaving sustainable development, environmental and cultural preservation and good governance into his governing philosophy, going to wreck its precious ecosystems?

#tiger #tigernews

high court bangladesh

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Bangladesh – DD News

Bangladesh HC Allows Setting Up Factories In ‘Ecological Critical Area’ Around Sundarbans.

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High Court in Bangladesh has allowed setting up of factories near the Ecologically Critical Area (ECA) of Sundarbans. In an order issued on Tuesday, the court asked the government to provide environmental clearance to three companies for setting up LPG bottling plants in Mongla industrial area near the Sundarbans. The HC said that the number of industries that can be set up in the ECA will be decided by the government.

An area of 10 kilometres within the world’s largest mangrove forest at Sundarban was declared Ecologically critical area by the government in 1999 but many industries have come up in this area over a period of time.

Commentary

In support of the Bangladesh government the Bangladesh High Court allows setting up factories near the Sundarbans.

With this decision not only it allows more industries to affect the Sundarbans, the worlds largest mangrove forest and the lungs of Bangladesh, it also sends out the wrong signal as it rewards other companies that have settled illegaly in the area and now are allowed to stay.

#tiger #tigernews

Bangla tigers

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Bangladesh – Prothom Alo

Tigers Must Be Saved From Poachers.

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According to a survey on tigers in the Sundarbans, carried out by German tiger expert Hen Reeds in 1975, there were 350 tigers in the mangrove forest.

A study on the Sundarbans in 2017 by Kent University in the UK, said the number of tigers in the Sundarbans is 121. So the number of tigers in the Sundarbans has fallen by one third in 42 years.

According to a tiger census in 2004, the number of tigers was 440 in Bangladesh. In another tiger census in 2015, the number of tigers decreased to 106.

Commentary

Bangladesh faces many challenges when it comes to tiger conservation.

Climate change, industries and poaching to name a few.

Although the Bangladesh government increased activities to save their Bengal tiger, it has to do a lot more.

 

#tiger #tigernews

Modi tiger

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India – Money Control

Have To Create Environment For Wildlife, Nature To Prosper: PM Modi.

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It is time India moved beyond conservation and thought about compassion to create an environment where nature and wildlife can flourish, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on August 25.

Referring to tiger conservation in his monthly radio address ‘Mann ki Baat’, the prime minister said “whenever we talk about nature and wildlife, we only talk about conservation. But now we have to move beyond conservation and think about compassion. Our scriptures have provided guidance on the issue.”

Commentary

Prime Minister Modi addressed the Indian nation and said that India must go beyond talking and acting on tiger conservation.

“Now we have to move beyond conservation and think about compassion. Our scriptures have provided guidance on the issue.”

We can only say that India is walking the right path with these views.

#tiger #tigernews

Bangladesh tiger

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Bangladesh – Dhaka Tribune

Tigers Under Threat.

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It is worrisome that despite widespread concern regarding the preservation of the Bengal Tiger in the Sundarbans, their population has barely increased since 2015, rising from 106 to 114.

This should come as no surprise, considering the fact that according to a recent report by Traffic — a global wildlife trade watchdog associated with the World Wildlife Fund and the International Union for Conversation of Nature — the rate of tiger poaching and trafficking has continued to rise, with 37 tigers found killed by poachers between 2000 and 2018.

Commentary

Call from Bangladesh newspaper Dhaka Tribune on the Bangladesh government to prioritize the conservation of the Bengal tiger in the Sundarbans.

It calls for action: “We must rectify these problems immediately, and punish to the full letter of the law anyone who tries to harm these precious creatures for personal gain.”

Parambikulam tiger reserve

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India – The Hindu

Fragmented Control At Parambikulam Reserve.

Content

Lack of a unified administrative regime, relocation of tribal settlements from the buffer of the reserve, and notifying large extent of the core area as wildlife sanctuary are some of the management issues faced by the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve.

The management effectiveness evaluation report points out that a large chunk of the core area of the reserve, spread over 147.76 sq km, does not have protected status. It is just a reserved forest. The area needs to be declared a wildlife sanctuary immediately.

The core and buffer of the reserve are under the administrative control of three territorial divisions. The entire core and buffer areas shall be brought under the administrative control of the tiger reserve , it says.

Commentary

Indian Tiger Reserve is in a difficult situation.

Lack of a unified administrative regime, relocation of tribal settlements from the buffer of the reserve, and notifying large extent of the core area as wildlife sanctuary are some of the management issues.

To solve these matter they need political help urgently.

Malayan tigers

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Malaysia – Free Malaysia Today

Get Boots On The Ground Quickly To Save Tigers, Says Expert.

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A wildlife conservation expert has called for speed in the deployment of enforcers against the poaching of tigers.

Mark Rayan Darmaraj, WWF Malaysia’s lead tiger researcher, told FMT he welcomed the police’s recent announcement that it would deploy 500 personnel from its Senoi Praaq unit to combat poachers, but he said the urgency of the situation required their deployment as soon as possible.

“There are certainly efforts made to get boots on the ground but this needs to be hastened,” he said, adding that efforts to gather intelligence on syndicates needed to be stepped up as well so that the poaching and the trade chain could be broken.

Commentary

WWF employee warns that Malaysia is lingering with the promised police help.

No word -again – about the enormous problems from palm oil regarding the habitats of tigers.

China tiger lead

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Hong Kong – Asia Times

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Content

Less than a decade ago, the 13 nations where tigers still lived free met in St Petersburg, Russia, and pledged to reverse this majestic cat’s long prowl toward extinction at the hands of human predators. The moment was hailed as historic – the start of an unprecedented undertaking spearheaded by the tiger-range states and supported by a number of partners that included the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility, the United States, Germany and non-governmental organizations including WWF.

Their simple-sounding but ambitious goal was to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger on the Chinese lunar calendar. In 2010, it was estimated there were as few as 3,200 tigers remaining in the wild.

Commentary

WWF, the Worldwide Fund for Nature, is a leading conservation NGO and hardly speaks out against tiger farming.

One is because WWF helped China starting its farming, with delivering pure Amur tigers from US zoos (in cooperation with WCS). Another reason is that WWF can’t raise its voice against China as it is affraid to lose its permit to work there – jeopardizing all their work.

Now one of the WWF-employees speaks out against China, but still very diplomatic. It calls for China to take the lead in fighting the tiger trade.

In the article the St Petersburg conference is mentioned. An historic moment for tiger conservation. WWF was the co-organizor of the Global Tiger Initiative and everybody expected that the subject of tiger farming would be on the agenda.

But is was not. China blocked this. And WWF agreed upon it – for obvious reasons.

Now – 9 years late – WWF is making a U-turn.

What would be the reason?

Tiger skin

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India – Mongabay India

Tigers Are Vanishing Outside Protected Areas In The Northeast.

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The annual marathon used to be a big event in Bokolia, a small town in eastern Assam’s picturesque hill district of Karbi Anglong. The participants would run from Bokolia to Manja, a neighbouring town, and return to Bokolia, covering a distance of about 80 kilometres.

For several years the undisputed champion of the annual event was Mangal Singh Terang, a brawny youngster from Sar-at Terang Gaon in Bokolia. He won the championship seven times consecutively. However, the 1991 marathon was the last one Terang participated in.

One chilly winter morning that year, equipped with the traditional Karbi bow and arrow, Terang, along with 30 fellow villagers, participated in the community hunting in the nearby Kaki Reserve Forest, looking to bring home wild boars and deer.

But that was not to be. Something unexpected was waiting for him.

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Although numbers of tigers rise in India the root problems grow bigger.

One alarming fact is that India loses more and more tigers outside the protected areas. The reasons are known: mining, poaching, lack of prey, no corridors etc.

This article gives a splendid overview of all of this in the Northeast of India.