India, Nepal agree on joint steps to protect Tarai tigers

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 09, 2013 11:10 hrs

New Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) To protect tigers along the Indo-Nepal border, joint monitoring will be undertaken by the two countries, it was announced here Wednesday.

"Bilateral meetings between India and Nepal have resulted in positive outcomes for wildlife conservation," said S.P. Yadav, Deputy Inspector General of India's National Tiger Conservation Authority.

The consultative meeting between the two countries agreed on an eleven-point resolution that laid stress on the joint monitoring of tigers dwelling in the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) which stretches over 950 km across the borders of India and Nepal.

It also focused on strengthening trans-boundary efforts in curbing poaching, illegal trade of wildlife and forest products, and other similar preventive measures.

At present, there are an estimated 500 tigers in the TAL, which also has one of the highest densities of tigers in the world. The landscape allows tigers to disperse, conserving their natural behaviour, ecology, and genetic diversity.

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