As India got its Cheetah from South Africa, the country would send Tigers to Cambodia, where tiger has become extinct. On the 50th year of ‘Project Tiger’, India will translocate the big cats to Cambodia. The sopecies was was last spotted in Cambodia in 2007.
India in November 2022 signed a memorandum of understanding with Cambodia to assist it with “all technical details and knowledge’’ regarding the reintroduction of tiger in the country.
Officials were quoted stating that this was the first time that an animal was being transported to another country. However, the big cats were re-located within the country. The relocation of Tigers from India to Cambodia will be based on IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) protocol.
Beginning in 1973 at the Corbett national park, ‘Project Tiger’ completes 50 years on April 1, 2023.
50 years of ‘Project Tiger’. From 9 tiger reserves since its formative years, the Project Tiger coverage has increased to 51 at present. The project is spread out in 18 of the tiger range states. This amounts to around 2.23% of the geographical area of our country. The Project Tiger aims to foster an exclusive tiger agenda in the core areas of tiger reserves, with an inclusive people oriented agenda in the buffer.
Project Tiger is an ongoing Centrally Sponsored Scheme of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. It provides central assistance to the tiger States for tiger conservation in designated tiger reserves.
50 YEARS OF PROJECT TIGER
Prime Minister Narendra Modiwill inaugurate a three-day mega event on April 9 in Mysuru, Karnataka to commemorate 50 years of Project Tiger. At the event, Modi would release the tiger estimation (census) data for 2022 — the fifth cycle assessment of Tiger population in the country.
Apart from the latest tiger estimation numbers, the ministry will also release “Management Effective Evaluation (2022) of Tiger Reserves, Amrit Kal ka Vision for Tiger conservation and the release of a Rs 50 commemorative coin on ‘Project Tiger’.