Two public interest litigation petitions have been filed in the Madras High Court Bench here — one challenging a notification issued by the Centre on October 15, laying down guidelines for tourism

Ahmedabad: The average age of guards in Palamau Tiger sanctuary is 53 and at Simlipal Tiger Sanctuary it is 49 years, but for guards in Gujarat it is 39 years.

Officials said that of 388 staffers, 149 are 20 to 30 years old. The study carried out by deputy conservator of forests Sandeep Kumar revealed that the average age of guards is 39 years, while that of foresters is 42.5 years. The guards and foresters are those actually in the field, responsible for conservation.

Rehabilitation programmes stalled owing to severe financial crunch

Left high and dry by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), the State Forest department has been forced to approach the State government in the hopes of getting funds for rehabilitation projects under Project Tiger in Karnataka. The department, the nodal agency responsible for Project Tiger, claims it is in the throes of a financial crisis as it has suffered a poor flow of funds for rehabilitation projects aimed at reducing human presence in tiger habitats.

Whereas, the National Tiger Conservation Authority under clause (c) of sub-section (I) of Section 38-0 of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 has the power to lay down normative standards for tourism activities and guidelines for project tiger for tiger conservation in the buffer and core areas of tiger reserves to ensure their due compIiance.

National Tourism Conservation Authority (NTCA) notified these guidelines on 15 Oct 2012, under the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 for tourism in and around tiger reserves.

KOHORA, Oct 10 – Union Environment and Forest Minister Jayanthi Natarajan today made an on-the-spot assessment of the impact of floods on the Kaziranga National Park cum Tiger Reserve and announced

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests had forewarned the State Government and the Forest Department to be on the guard against another wave of devastating floods in Kaziranga National Park

The National Tiger Conservation Authority has admitted that tiger deaths are on the rise: 69 of them having been killed or died naturally in the past nine months.

The Centre on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to allow regulated, low-impact tourist activities in up to 20 per cent of the core/critical tiger habitat in the country as part of the exercise to promote tourism.

In the fresh guidelines formulated for states following the top court’s interim ban imposed on July 24 on all tourist activities in the core areas of areas of tiger reserves, the government also said that to protect the tiger population, no new tourism infrastructure should be created.

The Union government on Wednesday pleaded in the Supreme Court for a partial lifting of the ban on tourist activities in core areas of tiger reserve forests. It sought permission to have 20 per cent of the area under tourism.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), Ministry of Environment and Forests said this in its fresh Comprehensive Guidelines on Strategy, Tiger Conservation and Tourism in and around Tiger Reserves.

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