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NTCA Monitoring Committee Press Briefing Note

  On September 24, 2008, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) had set up a three-member Monitoring Committee to oversee the village relocation process and ecotourism strategy in Project Tiger reserves across the country.   The members of this Monitoring Committee are: Sunita Narain, chairperson Samar Singh, member Member secretary, NTCA (member convener)

Joining the Dots

The Tiger Task Force was set up because of a crisis — the knowledge that the nation had lost its tigers from the protected reserve of Sariska in Rajasthan.

No quick fix answers for tiger conservation

Tiger Task Force holds first set of consultations with experts. Finds Indian tiger faces huge challenges: extensive, highly organised international poaching networks, lack of professional law enforcement to break through international crime, abysmally low conviction rate for poaching offenders and most importantly, increasing hostility of local communities who share the tiger's habitat because of years of mismanagement and conservation policies that exclude people from protected areas. It is clear that the tiger crisis needs serious and considered response. No quick fix solution will work agree experts and members.


Protection of tigers is happening in India against all odds. A Sariska-type crisis haunts every protected area in India - where islands of conservation are under attack from poachers, miners and every other exploitative activity. They are also under siege from their own inhabitants, the people, who live in these reserves and outside the islands of conservation, and who have not benefited from these protected areas but continue to lose livelihood options and face daily harassment. In these circumstances, if the defences are down, protection will fail. The challenge is to ensure that the siege can be lifted so that the tigers can survive.

Down To Earth articles

 Centre stops mining near Tadoba Nov 2009 Forest officials kept eyes tightly shut Aug 2009 Talking the walk Nov 2008 Sunderbans Tiger Reserve Aug 2008 Sunderbans: a land in limbo Aug 2008 Astray? Aug 2008 Many takers of a park Apr 2008 The Iynchpin Sep 2007 Ragged law, poor enforcement Sep 2007 Tiger farming: India debates China experiment May 2007 Not conserved Jan 2007 Rising sea levels and tidal erosion eating up Sunderbans Jan 2007 Tourism in Ranthambore is inimical to wildlife Nov 2006 China to train captive bred Siberian tigers for wilderness Oct 2006 Students' organisation says no to gas pipeline in northeast Sep 2006 A tiger by the tail Jun 2006 In forest areas Apr 2006 One step forward, many steps back Mar 2006 Tourists are convenient scapegoats Jan 2006 Let's be very clear Dec 2005 Hostile takeover Dec 2005 GOT IT! Dec 2005 Parking problems Dec 2005 Avarice! Oct 1995 Imaginary tigers Mar 2005 The Sariska scam Mar 2005 Maneaten Mar 2005 Unseemly end for the royals Nov 2004 Road not taken Sep 2004 The Periyar model Jul 2004 Lost in transit Jul 2004 Eco development ended in 2000 Jul 2004 Imagining IEDP Jul 2004 Conserve or pickle? Jul 2004 BIG CAT IN TROUBLE Apr 2004 Rescue act Nov 2003 The number game Mar 2003 Tracking Tigers Sep 2001 STRUGGLE FOR EXISTENCE AUG 2001 TRADING IN CONTRABAND JAN 2001 NEEDED: A WAKE UP CALL Mar 2000 TRAMPLED DESTINIES  Mar 2000 WORKING IN ISOLATION Mar 2000 CONSERVATION TO DEATH Mar 2000 Of large carnivores and humans Jul 1999 Dying on the edge Jan 1999 Species At Stake Oct 1998 Tiger trouble Jul 1997 How effective is CITES? Jul 1997 Eco brahmanism  Jul 1997 Treeless in tiger country  Jun 1997 A perfect world Oct 1996 Targeting the tiger Dec 1995 Conservation boomerang Oct 1995 Forests march Mar 1995 People pay Mar 1995 Unwilling bull's eyes Nov 1994 Last chance for the big cat May 1994 Trailing the Siberian tiger May 1994 Tiger Territory May 1994 Fenced out of a livelihood Aug 1993 Stalking a goldmine in stripes May 1993 'Forest guards have powers, but no weapons' May 1993 Murder in the sanctuary May 1993 Countdown to survival May 1993  

1,411 tigers, and unanswered questions

1411 tigers left. So says the latest advertisement campaign of a new telecom company and the WWF. It is powerful. It plays to our emotions. But it does not tell us what is being done, or should be done. It does not tell us how we, the consuming classes, can be part of the solution to safeguard the tiger.

The agenda for tiger conservation is urgent. The National Tiger Conservation Authority needs to set clear goals and take tough action, says CSE

New Delhi, November 27, 2006: “Setting up a National Tiger Conservation Authority was a key recommendation of the Tiger Task Force, and we welcome this step. The real test begins now: the Authority must have clear goals to be able to make a difference,” said Sunita Narain, director, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) at a press briefing here today. Narain had headed the Tiger Task Force set up by the prime minister in 2005 to investigate the tiger crisis and to suggest ways to safeguard the magnificent animal.

Tiger Task Force submits report to prime minister Manmohan Singh Presents an action agenda to save the tiger the Indian way, where forests are not wilderness but also the habitats of people

New Delhi, August 5, 2005: India is protecting its tigers against all odds; the biggest threat to the tiger today is not poaching per se, but a deadly combination of the poachers’ guns and the growing anger of people who live in and around tiger habitats, says Joining the Dots, the report of the Tiger Task Force submitted to prime minister Manmohan Singh today.