The Periyar Tiger Reserve of Kerala on 20 January 2015 won the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) biennial award. It was awarded for encouraging local public participation in managing the reserve.
People participation in managing Periyar Tiger reserve
People participation in the reserve started with setting up of India Eco-Development project (IEDP) in 1996. This was followed by setting up of Periyar Foundation in 2006 which involved participation of 75 communities including 15 tribal groups in the reserve in eco-development programmes.
The eco-development programmes were carried on by development committees formed under the Periyar foundation. This resulted in boosting community-based eco-tourism in Periyar reserve.
The foundation acted as a model for other reserves in biodiversity conservation and community participation in managing natural resources. As a result, the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 was amended to ensure that each tiger reserve sets up a Foundation, similar to Periyar Foundation.
What: won NTCA biennial award
When: 20 January 2015