India to co-chair APAP to conserve wildlife habitats
India as the co-chair will be assisting other Asian countries in managing their wildlife protected areas.
India will be the co-chair of Asia Protected Areas Partnership- APAP for the period of 3 years after successfully increasing the population of wild animals such as lions, tigers, and leopards by protecting their habitats. APAP is supported by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. India as a co-chair will be replacing South Korea which held this position for 3 years till November 2020.
India as the co-chair will be assisting other Asian countries in managing their protected areas. In 2019, the country had released data showing an increase in the population of tigers by 33%- from 2,226 in the year 2014 to 2,967 in the year 2018, which made India home to 75% of the global population of tigers.
What will be India’s role as co-chair of APAP?
According to Vivek Saxena, Country Representative of IUCN, as a co-chair of APAP, India will be playing a significant leadership role in assisting and addressing the countries of Asia Region on protected area management and conservation agenda at the country as well as the transboundary cooperation levels.
He added that the country has a number of success stories like conservation of elephant, tiger, snow leopard, Asiatic Lion, Indian Gangetic Dolphin, and other flagship species which can showcase at an international level through APAP’s platform.
In December 2020, India had released its leopard population estimates which showed an increase of 62% in four years. Similarly, the country also recorded a 29% increase in Asiatic Lions from Gujarat Gir Forests in the past 5 years.
About Asia Protected Areas Partnership:
It is a regional platform that helps governments and other stakeholders to collaborate for more effective management of the protected areas. The Asia Protected Areas Partnership currently has 21 members from 17 countries which include Japan, China, Nepal, South Korea, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka.
It was formally launched in 2014, at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Australia. APAP is chaired by IUCN Asia and is co-chaired by an APAP country member.
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