Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba emphasizes on need to conserve habitat of tigers

30th Jul, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, July 30: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that the conservation of the tiger's habitat and environment is indispensable for its conservation. Speaking at a program organized by the National Tiger Conservation Committee in Lalitpur on Thursday on the occasion of World Tiger Day, he said that the human community should pay special attention to the conservation of tiger habitat.

Stating that the government is committed to protect tiger habitat and control poaching and export of wildlife, Prime Minister Deuba suggested mobilizing the locals for tiger conservation. He said that attention would be paid to the conservation of habitats affected by the development infrastructure.

The Prime Minister said that Royal Bengal togers could be a means of promoting international tourism in Nepal, which is famous for its tigers, and pointed out the need to work for the development of tigers and their habitats as well as tourism.

On the occasion, CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal expressed the view that it was necessary to form a separate organization of the Himalayan country for the protection of the environment. The former Prime Minister of Nepal was happy with the success of the Tiger Conservation Campaign launched since his tenure as Prime Minister and said that the strategy put forward by the International Tiger Conference in Russia in 1912 would be useful in tiger conservation.

Stating that Nepal has made significant achievements in tiger conservation through coordination and cooperation with international partners, former Minister Deepak Bohora said that the threat of climate change posed a challenge to the conservation of endangered animals including tigers.

Member Secretary of the National Nature Conservation Fund Sharad Chandra Adhikari said that Nepal has achieved success in tiger conservation, adding that doubling the number of tigers was a success. Stating that India has made significant contribution in tiger conservation through coordination and cooperation with Nepal-India as well as other stakeholders, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra said that India has 75 percent tigers in the world. He said that there were nine tiger reserves in India in 1973 but now it has increased to 50.

The World Tiger Conference was held in 2010 in St. Petersburg, Russia with the participation of the heads of 13 countries, including Nepal. At the conference, Nepal also pledged to double the number of tigers from 121 to 250 by 2022. According to the 2018 census, the number of tigers in Nepal has reached 235. As per the announcement made at the same conference, the countries where tigers are found have been celebrating World Tiger Day. This year, Nepal has also organized World Tiger Day with the slogan 'Tiger Existence: Human Responsibility'. In 2010, there were 121 tigers in Nepal, but now there are 250. There are 3,900 tigers in the world. Royal Bengal Tigers are found only in Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Bhutan. Although there are nine species of tigers in the world, there are now six types of tigers. Three species have become extinct.