Tiger Landscape: Terai Arc
WWF is working with various partners in the Terai Arc to strengthen anti-poaching efforts, reduce threats to the natural habitat, reduce conflict between tigers and people, and monitor tiger populations.
Examples of this work include:
- Supporting community forest user groups
In Nepal, we have very successful partnerships with community user groups that take responsibility for patrolling and protecting their forests. WWF-India is working with Joint Forest Management Committees in critical corridors around Corbett Tiger Reserve, providing training on monitoring wildlife movement in the corridors as well on controlling wildlife crime.
- Developing alternative livelihoods
In both India and Nepal, WWF's livelihoods programs have helped thousands of rural poor to improve their lives in sustainable ways, and generated tremendous support for conservation.
- Reducing human-tiger conflict
WWF-India in collaboration with the Corbett Foundation is successfully running an interim cattle compensation scheme around Corbett Tiger Reserve. This compensates a villager immediately after her or his cattle is killed by a tiger or leopard. This has reduced the retaliatory killing of big cats in the region to almost nil in recent years. WWF also provides ex-gratia to persons injured or killed by tigers in and around Dudhwa Tiger Reserve to prevent retaliatory killing.
- Land-use planning
The long-term aim is to secure a well-connected habitat for the whole landscape, with core protected areas connected by corridors.
On the Indian side, for example, efforts have been started to secure two corridors – Lagga Bagga and Rajaji-Corbett – which will allow tigers to live, breed and disperse in a larger area. Already some of the restored habitats are showing signs of use by tigers for breeding.
- Stopping the tiger trade
In Nepal and India, we are working to halt tiger trade across borders by developing informer networks and working with law enforcement agencies.
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