Nepal, India share global tiger conservation award

File: Tigers in Bardiya National Park, Nepal
File: Tigers in Bardiya National Park, Nepal

Kathmandu, January 28

Nepal’s Bardiya National Park (also spelt Bardia National Park) has won a global tiger conservation award. It shares this year’s TX2 Award with India’s Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says the award recognises the doubling of the population of wild tigers since 2010.

Meanwhile, Nepal’s Khata Forest Conservation Area also received “a second award for Tiger Conservation Excellence.” This programme secures transboundary connectivity for tigers between Nepal and India.

“The tiger population of the award winner, Bardia National Park, increased almost five-fold from less than 20 tigers in 2009 to almost 90 in 2018 – an astounding achievement given it is situated in one of the most densely populated regions of the world,” the WWF statement reads.

“The associated award for Tiger Conservation Excellence is presented to the incredible transboundary Khata corridor where community-based conservation efforts, including a network of 74 community forests covering 202 km2, have secured safe passage for tigers between Bardia National Park in Nepal and Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary in India.”   

The awards are presented by the Conservation Assured Tiger Standards (CA|TS), Fauna and Flora International (FFI), Global Tiger Forum (GTF), IUCN’s Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP), Panthera, UNDP, The Lion’s Share, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and WWF.  

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