Nepal, India to jointly count tigers

Nepal, India to jointly count tigers Conservation officials of Nepal and India have agreed to conduct joint head count of Royal Bengal tigers inhabiting in protected areas in both Nepal and India, local press reported Tuesday. According to officials, the counting will be done simultaneously in six protected areas in Nepal and nine protected areas in India. Megh Bahadur Pandey, director general of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), told Nepal’s Republica daily that counting will begin in the third week of January. “We believe that this counting will help both countries know about their tiger habitat, actual number of tigers and the areas where they roam. These facts will benefit conservation initiatives in both countries,” said Pandey. Six of Nepal’s protected areas – Parsa Wildlife Reserve, Chitwan National Park, Banke National Park, Bardia National Park and Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserves – in central and western Tarai share boundary with India’s protected areas like Valmiki, Sohelwa, Katarniyaghat, Dudhwa and Lagdha Bagdha. Representatives of the two countries agreed to conduct joint head count of tiger during the 6th International Transboundary Meeting held in Dudhawa, India on January 13. The two sides have also signed an 11-point agreement, the report said. The agreement emphasizes the need to control poaching in transboundary protected areas. It also stresses the need for mutual cooperation of conservation authorities in protecting rich bio diversity in protected areas. As per the earlier head count, there are 1,706 tigers in India and 174 in Nepal.

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