Project Tiger is one of the most successful conservation programmes for a single species in the entire world, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said.
Project Tiger has succeeded in fulfilling the mandate it was intended to achieve.
He said that the number of tigers in the country within and beyond tiger reserves is 2,226.
Project Tiger and National Tiger Conservation Authority have been successful in fulfilling the mandate, and have put the endangered tiger on an assured path of recovery, he said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.
The Minister added that due to ongoing conservation efforts under the project in designated tiger reserves, India has the maximum number of tigers among the 13 Tiger Range Countries in the world.
About Project Tiger:
Project Tiger is a tiger conservation programme launched in 1973 by the Government of India.
The project aims at ensuring a viable population of Bengal tigers in their natural habitats and also to protect them from extinction.
Furthermore it intends to preserve areas of biological importance as a natural heritage forever represented as close as possible the diversity of ecosystems across the tiger’s distribution in the country.
The project’s task force visualized these tiger reserves as breeding nuclei, from which surplus animals would migrate to adjacent forests.
The Funds and commitment were mastered to support the intensive program of habitat protection and rehabilitation under the project.
The government has set up a Tiger Protection Force to combat poachers and funded relocation of villagers to minimize human-tiger conflicts.