Arunachal: For the first time, NTCA meets in Pak outside New Delhi.

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For the first time in its history, senior officials of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) met on Saturday outside New Delhi at the Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh, home to some rare species of plants and animals.

The meeting was chaired by Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav.

The Union Minister has directed that from now on these meetings will be held in forest areas or tiger reserves outside Delhi to get first hand information on Tiger Reserve, local issues and others.

The Minister called for active participation of local people for the protection and better development of forest areas and tiger reserves. He stressed the need for meetings of all stakeholders, including forest officials who deal with various issues, local villagers, experts and students.
About 100 airguns were surrendered by local villagers on the occasion. “The rampant use of air guns was a problem in the northeastern states. Arunachal Pradesh launched an air gun surrender campaign in March 2021 with very good results so far,” the minister said.

He urged all the state governments to start airgun surrender campaign like Arunachal Pradesh.

“Arunachal offers a model that mimics programs like Horn Bull Nest Adoption and Air Gun Surrender Abhiyan,” he said.

The Minister issued standard operating procedures for reintroduction and replenishment of tigers in the forest, fire audit protocol for tiger reserves, technical manual on MEE of tiger reserves in India developed by NTCA.

In India, 70% of the world’s lion population lives in forest areas. Lions occupy different landscapes of the country. “While in some lands there is a rich and viable population based on habitat and hunting grounds, there are some habitats that are occupied by different areas but they have the potential to support a better population of lions. And there may be habitats where the lion population has disappeared, ”he said.

“As this is a sensitive and technical task, NTCA has developed a Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) to deal with re-introduction and completion. To deal with the re-emergence and extinction of the lion in the wild, where it has historically existed but is now declining or found in low-density, ie carrying capacity. For various reasons, but the welfare factors for promoting the presence of tigers still exist or can be improved with proper administrative intervention, “he said.

The Minister issued standard operating procedures for the reintroduction and supplementation of tigers in the wild for the Tiger Reserve, the Forest Fire Audit Protocol for Tiger Conservation, Technical Manual on MEE of Lion Reserves in India developed by NTCA.

The Forest Fire Audit Protocol for Tiger Reserve helps tiger reserve managers assess their fire readiness and manage the entire wildlife life cycle.

“Fire can play a key role in maintaining healthy forests, recycling nutrients, replanting tree species, removing invasive weeds and pathogens, and maintaining habitat for some wildlife. Fire can reduce the fuel load which gives rise to larger, more destructive volcanoes.

He said that as the demand for population and forest resources has increased, the cycle of fire has become out of balance and this uncontrolled and intermittent fire is a major cause of deforestation and loss of biodiversity. There is a reason.

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