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Four Assam’s Tiger sites fulfill CA|TS criteria, three other in rest of India

-Sashank Chakraborty

Four national parks of Assam has been certified with Conservation Assured Tiger Standards (CA|TS), a global set of criterias for tiger site management, among the seven selected for certification in India that enrolled into the program last year July.

This was announced in the meeting of the National Committee of CA|TS held virtually on Tuesday.

Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve in Central and Upper Assam, Manas National Park in western Assam, Nameri National Park Forest Reserve and Orang National Park in north Assam are the four from the state to fulfill the criteria.

On fulfilling the criterias, Director of Kaziranga National Park & Tiger Reserve P Shivkumar, said, “It’s a global certification process. It will help us to identify gaps in our Protected Area Management. Some of our best practices in other Tiger Range Countries.”

Assam Forests and Environment Minister Parimal Suklabaidya took note of the whole achievement and congratulated the authorities of all the four tiger reserves.

The other three tiger reserves which were awarded this certification are Kanha National Park and Panna National Park in Madhya Pradesh of central India and Sundarbans National Park of West Bengal in eastern India.

The certificates will be received by these tiger sites by July 29 this year coinciding with World Tiger Day.

India’s National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) under the Ministry of Environment had announced the adoption of the CA|TS last July across all of the country’s 51 Tiger Reserves last July making it among the first in the 13 tiger reserve countries to adopt the criterias.

This is being carried out in two phases — 27 in first phase & 24 in second phase.

CA|TS, introduced in 2013 is based on seven pillars and 17 elements of critical management activity developed by tiger and protected area experts from all over the world.

It mainly concentrates on creating save havens for tigers by establishing a set of criterias based not only on clarity of management of tiger sites, but also to encourage further development and sharing of best practice across the tiger range countries.

The other countries on board with India are Nepal, Bangladesh and Russia, while discussion is ongoing with Bhutan, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and China.

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