This project would conserve biodiversity by implementing the ecodevelopment stratey in and around eight protected areas (PAs) and would also include support for preparing future biodiversity projects.

This indicative plan has based on the work of field/park directors and their colleagues in the eight protected areas, and of various non-governmental organisations involved in carrying out PRA in the proposed project area.

This book contains a conservation strategy for Maharashtra's biodiversity based on ecodevelopment, with special reference to Melghat tiger reserve.

Protection of the tiger has become an international slogan, especially with the initiation of the Global Tiger Forum, in New Delhi, in 1993. However, the apathy of most governments towards nature and natural resources, and the machinations of various commercial and industrial interest groups are major obstacles to the protection of the tiger.

The present framework for NGO involvement and environment education is based on a background of visits to a large number of PAs over the last tow decades and recent visits to TRs with a more specific purpose of focusing atentionon these issues.

The Pench tiger reserve is named after the Pench river which flows from north to south through the park. This river constitutes the district boundary of Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh in the upper region and state boundry with Maharashtra state in the lower region. This area became the 29th tiger reserve of India in 1992.

Ministry of Environment and Forests constituted on May 24, 1994, a committee to look into the issues relating to illegal trade in wildlife species. The committee was requested to look into the issues related to the illegal trade in wildlife and suggest ways and means to improve the existing control measures.

It is increasingly evident that without the commitment and cooperation of forest-dependent communities, the forests of India will remain in jeopardy. A conerted effort must now be made to regenerate forest ecosystems.

Kanha national park falls in the Balaghat and Mandla districts of Madhya Pradesh. Located in the Maikal ranges of the Satpuras, the park is internationally renowned forits rich floral and faunal attributes.

This collection of illustrations is the first of that dream series. It contains 125 scientifically accurate and artistically appealing drawings, comparable with the best in the world, of the mammals of India.

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