Government preparing to announce tiger population

Published On: July 29, 2018 07:57 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 29: The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation is preparing to announce a total number of tigers in the country through census. 

The government is undertaking the census of tiger since 2067 BS. Last year, the Department counted the tiger population by installing high-tech cameras from Parsa to Kanchanpur districts in Tarai belt. 

The Department shared that the total number of the tiger would be announced soon by completing the computer entry of the camera trap data, data management, GPS, distance, bearing, habitat survey and other entities. 

At a program organized on the occasion of the World Tiger Day here Sunday, Minister for Forest Shakti Bahadur Basnet said that research and planning were needed for the conservation of tiger and status of the country's capacity. 

Saying that ecosystem and geographic capacity have their own limitations, Minister Basnet opined to set a point of view and prepare plans for tiger conservation. 

Minister Basnet further highlighted the need of support and proactive role from all sides to double the number of tigers and reduce the human-animal conflicts. 

On the occasion, Member of National Planning Commission Dr Krishna Prasad Oli said that habitat protection, public awareness and effective intervention on warding off human-animal conflicts should be effectively implemented to meet the commitment made to double the tiger population by 2022. 

Also speaking on the occasion, secretary at the Ministry Dr Bishownath Oli said that the number of tiger would be announced after analyzing the data appropriately. RSS

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