India and Nepal Join Forces to Save the Tiger
Responding to an increase in tiger-poaching cases, the two countries will meet on Monday to devise a joint strategy.
Senior forestry officials from India and Nepal are meeting in New Delhi from Monday to chalk out a joint strategy to save the tiger population along the trans-boundary corridor. Fourteen of the felines have been killed in the region in the last year alone.
Officials in Kathmandu said that both countries were mulling a joint strategy to save the endangered animal, after an increasing number tiger-poaching cases along the Nepal-India border were reported.
The two-day meeting in New Delhi will focus on saving tigers on both sides of the international border, said Akhileshwor Karna, who is leading the Nepali delegation.
Between January 2015 and February 2016, at least 14 tigers were killed in the border areas, causing panic on both sides. Six of the endangered species were killed on Nepal’s side.
With the increase in tiger-poaching cases, the ambitious project to double the tiger population in the region by 2022 has hit a roadblock.
Surmounting the challenges in the trans-border area is key to the success of the project, said Karna, adding that apart from this the officials will also discuss the joint strategy for saving the tiger.
Tigers from India’s Dudhwa National Park and Balmiki Tiger Reserve and from Nepal’s Chitwan National Park, Bardiya National Park and Shuklaphanta Wildlife reserve, regularly cross the international border with officials on both sides facing similar difficulties in saving the threatened animal.
In India and Nepal, over 45,000 sq kms of land in the trans-border area from the Bagmati to the Yamuna rivers is home to 15 conservation areas and wildlife parks.
The tiger population in Nepal is estimated to number around 200 individuals, and in India around 2,200.
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