Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has said that tiger-bearing forests play a mitigative role in combating Climate Change.
The Minister while addressing the Global Tiger Day celebrations at Vigyan Bhawan on 29 July 2017 emphasized that the Tiger is a symbol of a healthy environment and there can be no let-up in conservation efforts, as threats to Tigers remain persistent.
The Minister pointed out that the target of doubling the number of Tigers by 2022, which was set by St Petersburg Declaration, is a moderate target but even to achieve this moderate target, nations have to be repeatedly reminded to conserve the Tiger. He added that the Tiger conservation effort should not merely be celebrated as a one-day event but in fact, should be carried out every moment of the day.
Further, Vardhan strongly impressed three points upon the children present on the occasion:
• To undertake one small good deed everyday and inspire others to undertake a similar good environment-friendly deed for the protection of the environment as well as for the conservation of tigers.
• To live and work for fellow human beings
• To put their heart and soul in undertaking such deeds with honesty and sincerity.
“If each individual undertakes one good, environment-friendly deed every day, we would have performed 125 crore good, environment-friendly deeds”, said Harsh Vardhan. He added that the day this happens, India will regain its place as the world leader.
The minister entrusted this advice to the children, as he feels there can be no better and positive messengers in the society than children. He also strongly emphasised on the need to instil discipline in children, particularly by teachers.
Besides this, the Minister released a protocol for conducting security and audit of Tiger Reserves. A Compact Disk (CD) with glimpses of Tiger conservation through Parliament questions was also released. The Minister also presented the Conservation Assured Tiger Standards (CA/TS) accreditation award to the Lansdowne Forest Division of Uttarakhand, which met the managerial standards for effective conservation of Tigers.
About Conservation Assured Tiger Standards Award
• It has been developed by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) by working with protected area agencies in tiger range countries.
• It is a voluntary scheme for any organisation involved in tiger conservation.
• It is based on 17 elements, with some minimum standards and criteria for proper management of Tiger reserves.
At the occasion, the Environment Minister also released a radio jingle on Tiger conservation.
Global Tiger Day Celebrations
• The day’s celebrations included two street plays by children on Tiger conservation.
• Besides the street plays, two songs on Tiger conservation were also performed by Sujay Banerjee, an Indian Forest Service officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre and well-known singer, Abhishek Ray.
• The celebration saw a large gathering of people comprising tiger conservationists along with NGOs and more than 1000 school children.
• Also present at the occasion were several state foreign ministers and senior officers from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), Global Tiger Forum and WWF.
Due to the ongoing conservation efforts under Project Tiger, India has the maximum number of Tigers, along with its source areas amongst the 13 Tiger Range countries in the world. India is well on the path to contributing to the Tiger Range by the year 2022 in tune with St. Petersburg Declaration.
- Source: PIB
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