Tiger con­ser­va­tion im­per­a­tive

PATA India Chap­ter and WWF India jointly or­gan­ised the Bagha Mi­tra Awards, recog­nis­ing the work done at the grass-root level by cus­to­di­ans of wildlife, en­vi­ron­ment and na­ture.

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The awards ceremony, held on De­cem­ber 19, was at­tended by en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, spe­cial in­ter­est groups, and gov­ern­ments which pro­mote sus­tain­able tourism, wildlife and eco­tourism, along with travel in­dus­try stake­hold­ers. The event was graced with the pres­ence of Runeep Sangha, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, PATA India Chap­ter,

In­der Sharma, Life Mem­ber PATA and Mem­ber of PATA Foun­da­tion, and Ravi Singh, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, WWF India.

Sharma ap­pealed to the travel in­dus­try play­ers to take greater in­ter­est in tiger con­ser­va­tion and wildlife sanc­tu­ar­ies in the coun­try. He said, “The ini­tia­tive has al­ready proved that the pop­u­la­tion of tigers has in­creased in the coun­try and the idea of this event is to re­ward peo­ple who are do­ing good work in the field of con­ser­va­tion of tigers.”

Jatin­der Taneja, Hon­orary Sec­re­tary, PATA India Chap­ter, feels that this ini­tia­tive has helped the travel in­dus­try un­der­stand the im­por­tance of con­ser­va­tion of tigers and is a source of in­for­ma­tion for in­bound tour op­er­a­tors about var­i­ous re­serves that can be vis­ited for wildlife tourism. “India is a well known des­ti­na­tion for wildlife tourism and the first choice amongst tourists who wish to spot tigers in their nat­u­ral habi­tat which makes tiger con­ser­va­tion of ut­most im­por­tance,” says Taneja.

Singh in­forms that there have been in­puts given by gov­ern­ment agen­cies, both from the con­ser­va­tion depart­ment and the for­est man­age­ment and the tourism min­istry, which have been in­ducted into guide­lines that has al­lowed trav­ellers to view the tigers in a safer man­ner in its nat­u­ral habi­tat. He feels that these guide­lines will get bet­ter with time to of­fer bet­ter sus­tain­able tourism.

Ravi Singh Sec­re­tary Gen­eral and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive

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