Madhya Pradesh reiterates its focus on wildlife tourism
The nature-rich central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, considered the ‘Tiger State of India’, reiterated its focus on wildlife tourism and strengthening its continued efforts to tackle the threats of climate change and global warming by focusing on wildlife conservation and the uplifting of forest dwellers.
The state will also focus on creating favorable conditions for the conservation of tigers, in particular the endangered Bengal tiger and the rare white tiger. Madhya Pradesh ranks first in the country with 526 tigers, according to the results of the All India Tiger Assessment reported on July 29, 2019.
Sustained tiger conservation efforts have paid off in Madhya Pradesh, where the big cat population has registered a healthy increase of 218 in four years, from 308 tigers in 2014 to 526 in the 2018 census. has 6 tiger reserves (combining parts of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries) namely Kanha, Pench, Satpura, Bandhavgarh, Panna and Sanjay.
The state also plans to create around 11 other protected areas within the state from the current number of 24 wildlife sanctuaries and 11 national parks. The new areas, covering more than 2,100 km², apparently represent the largest addition of protected areas attempted by a state in the past three decades.
“Madhya Pradesh is considered the wildlife state of India with many sanctuaries and reserves. At a time when the number of many animal species is declining, Madhya Pradesh has played a central role in Indian wildlife conservation programs, ”said Faiz Ahmed Kidwai, tourism secretary of the government of Madhya Pradesh and general manager of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board.
“From preserving the tiger population in the state with the largest population of leopards, vultures and gharials (an ‘endemic’ crocodile species) to the successful increase in the population of Barasingha (a swamp deer) hard ground), Madhya Pradesh has come a long way in protecting the natural order and habitat of animals. It has implemented many important conservation policies and ensured a crackdown on poaching, ”he said in a press release published here.
6 of Madhya Pradesh’s 11 national parks are also part of the Tiger Project, a conservation program launched in 1973 by the central government when the number of tigers had declined so much that it was feared that the big cat was in danger of extinction. The government had sanctioned INR 92 crores CFA specifically to promote the wildlife tour in Mukundpur, Bandhavgarh & Pench in 2015-16.