India boasts 52 tiger reserves in 18 states, accounting for 70 percent of the world’s wild tiger population, Indian Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav said on Wednesday.
India is hosting the pre-summit meeting of 14 Global Tiger Ranging Locations (TRC) in New Delhi as a prelude to the Tiger Diversity Countries Summit scheduled to be held in Vladivostok, Russia, on September 5 this year.
The meeting aims to finalize the declaration on tiger conservation to be adopted at the Summit.
“Today, I am proud to share with this august group the indisputable fact that India has 52 tiger reserves, conserving approximately 75,000 square kilometers in 18 states. As a nation other than tigers, India’s tiger population accounts for about 70 percent of the global wild tiger population,” India’s Environment Minister acknowledged in his ministerial address.
The meeting was attended by 12 tiger locations around the world with the exception of China and Indonesia. According to officials, delegates from these two world countries may no longer relieve the meeting due to transportation restrictions.
Yadav welcomed the senior TRC officials and acknowledged that India is happy to host the pre-summit meeting in New Delhi.
He said India is committed to bringing all power tiger habitats within the country under the network of tiger reserves.
“Over the years, India has increased its funding for Project Tiger. We are also training a…
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