United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) included Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Madhya Pradesh in the global network of biosphere reserves last week.
Citing PTR as a critical tiger habitat, the UNESCO stated that the area underwent substantial ecosystem restoration in the buffer zone. With only three urban centres and over 300 villages, agriculture is the most important source of income together with horticulture, forestry and cultural and eco-tourism.
Through a social media post, Prakash Javedkar, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate change congratulated PTR authorities for their effort to conserve tigers. A 50-second video of tigers in the reserve accompanied the post.
In 2011, PTR was notified as a biosphere reserve by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC). Nine years later, UNESCO has also included it in the Man and Biosphere Programme.
Principal Chief Conservation of forests (PCCF) (Wildlife) said in a statement that the local village has also played a key role in conservation. When the Panna Nature Club authorities had tried to sensitise local villagers about PTR’s vegetation and wildlife, the villagers responded positively. The landscape has not reported a single man-animal conflict over the years.
However, he has also expressed his concerns regarding poaching since a tiger was recently killed by poaching.
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