Future of tigers depends on how well forests are connected, facilitating gene flow
IMAY, there was a tumult in the media over a shifting of an N alleged man-eating tiger, Ustad, from the Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve to the Sajjangarh Biological Park in Udaipur,Rajasthan.Conservationists and biologists rue that such clamour is missing when forest corridors are lost to human greed.Forest corridors are linkages between two forests and facilitate species movement and gene flow.Data acquired through the Right to Information Act in 2013 by Environment Impact Assessment Resources and Response Centre,a non-profit,says that India’s daily average forest loss is 135 hectares— equivalent of at least 184 football fields.When land is required for a new industry or a linear project,it is usually the forests that get the chop.
Rajesh Gopal in his new book Dynamics of Tiger Management in Priority Landscapes says these forest corridors are like umbilical cords, without which biodiversity will perish (see interview). The book is an important milestone in wildlife conservation literature. It provides a detailed understandingofvariousissuesinwildlifemanagement and conservation from the status of tigers,copredators, prey and habitat to issues and challenges in tiger conservation. The book suggests ways to evaluate
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