Community based conservation of tiger habitat, India
More than half of the wild tiger’s worldwide population is found in India’s 47 tiger reserves, including the famous Bandhavargh Tiger Reserve. Over 100,000 visitors annually come to Bandhavgarh to see them Reserve to see them. The buffer zone around the reserve keeps the pressures of local communities away from critical tiger habitat and provides habitat to ‘spill over’ tigers from the core zones. However, forest resources here are under immense pressure from overgrazing, overharvesting and degradation, which has led to the spread of invasive plant species. Littering of non-biodegradable waste is also a problem. This project will encourage cattle stall feeding and construct 10 biogas plants and 1000 energy efficient stoves to reduce the need for firewood and control grazing. Water holes will be created in the forest so that tigers have access to water in dry periods, keeping them away from human habitation, minimising human conflict. Invasive species such as Lantana will be removed from 125 ha and responsible tourism will be promoted by creating a 3km trail with 20 information boards and the installation of rubbish bins.
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Tiger in Bandhavgarh Village
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Hugo Tagholm, Surfers Against Sewage