Tiger Survey in the Terai Arc Landscape
NEPAL INITIATES FIELD OPERATIONS FOR TIGER SURVEY
Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, Nepal - Nepal officially inaugurated the field operations of the joint tiger survey being conducted by the governments of Nepal and India in the Terai Arc Landscape, starting with Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, one of the three survey blocks in far-western Nepal. The field operation involving the use of camera traps, line transects and occupancy surveys was kick-started by a rigorous two-day training program organized by WWF Nepal for the field staff.
Mr. Yadu Bansha Jha, Honorable Minister for Forests and Soil Conservation of the Government of Nepal, was the chief guest of the inaugural event. In the backdrop of the survey, he expressed the government's commitment to double the number of wild tigers by 2022.
Similarly, Mr. Megh Bahadur Pandey, Director General of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, stressed on the need to tackle the issues of illegal wildlife trade, habitat loss and prey-base availability as key measures to help bring back tiger populations in the wild.
Dr. Ghana S. Gurung, Conservation Program Director of WWF Nepal, also highlighted the issue of human-wildlife conflict and the need to take proactive measures to mitigate and manage the same as Nepal strove to achieve the TX2 goal.
Following Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, field operations will consequently be initiated in the remaining survey blocks in Bardia (mid-western Nepal) and Chitwan (central Nepal) within the second week of February. The tiger and prey-base survey in Nepal is a joint effort of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Department of Forests, WWF Nepal, USAID funded Hariyo Ban Program and National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC).