The National Committee of Conservation Assured Tiger Standards (CATS) recommended proposals for Kaziranga, Manas, Nameri and Orang Tiger Reserves for its (CATS) accreditation on Wednesday. Meanwhile, State Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya termed it as a welcome development insofar as the preservation of tigers is concerned.
The CATS’ assessment has been conducted by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in 27 tiger reserves in the first phase and 24 to be carried out in the second phase. All the four tiger reserves of Assam under Phase 1 have got CATS accreditation. Only seven proposals were recommended by the National Committee at a meeting held in New Delhi on Wednesday.
The NTCA sets a benchmark for managing conservation sites through a set of minimum standards based on 17 parameters ranging from social, cultural and biological significance to infrastructure/equipment and from management planning to human-wildlife conflict (HCW) management.
The scores on this accounts are – 81.25% to Kaziranga, 78.49% to Manas, 71.21% to Nameri and 74.01% to Orang Tiger Reserves.