19th Meeting of NTCA: Relevance
- GS 3: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
19th Meeting of NTCA: Context
- Recently, the 19th meeting of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) was held under the aegis of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
19th Meeting of NTCA: Key points
- The meeting has stressed upon protection and conservation of 7 major big cats including Cheetah numbering 50 over a period of 5 years will be introduced in various parks.
- CA|TS: 14 Tiger Reserves have been accredited under CA|TS and NTCA is working on getting other Tiger Reserves evaluated for CA|TS accreditation.
- Water atlas: A Water Atlas was also launched that maps all the water bodies in the tiger bearing areas of India.
- Landscape wise information have been outlined in this water atlas which include, the Shivalik Hills and Gangetic plain landscape, Central Indian Landscape and Eastern Ghats, Western Ghats landscape, North Eastern Hills and Brahmaputra flood plains and Sundarbans.
- ‘India for Tigers: A Rally on Wheels’, was also organized under the aegis of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change was a mega success.
- The 5th cycle of All India Tiger Estimation which is currently underway will help in taking correct policy decision.
19th Meeting of NTCA: Way forward
- North-eastern states: Air gun problem in north eastern states is an issue that states & UT have been advise by the ministry for organising awareness program so that people can surrender their airguns.
- Core area: As part of effective regulation of tourism activity in the Tiger Reserves, there should be one core area which should be sacrosanct and vehicular movement in the reserve should be restricted to one way.
- Tiger conservation efforts in the Indian context have the community at its centre, hence continuous efforts are being made for involvement of local communities in protection and Eco-tourism activities.
- There is need for vision plan to put Tigers on assured path of recovery and conservation and suggested that six committees be formed so that they can visit 2 Tiger Reserves and study various aspects and problems to help in formulating better policy.