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NEWS IMPULSE – PILIBHIT TIGER RESERVE GETS TX2 GLOBAL AWARD FOR DOUBLING THE TIGER POPULATION| 25 NOVEMBER

Syllabus Section: Environment, Ecology and Biodiversity

 

WHY IN NEWS?

The Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) and the Uttar Pradesh Forest department won the first-ever international award called TX2.  The tiger reserve has won the award in the context of doubling the number of tigers in four years.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

• There was a set target of doubling the number of tigers within 10 years. But, the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve has completed the target in just four years starting from 2014.

• The target was set by the partners of the award in 2010. The partners are Global Tiger Forum, United Nations Development Programme, Conservation Tiger Standards and Lion’s Share.

• The tiger reserve became the first to receive the award among the 13 tiger range countries.

• The reserve had 25 tigers in the year 2014. Now, it increased up to 65 in 2018. Figure does not include the tiger cubs below the age of one year.

ABOUT TX2 GLOBAL AWARD

• The TX2 award was virtually presented to the principal chief conservator of forest (wildlife) of the state.

• The award was presented by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) head of the ecosystems and biodiversity.

WHAT ARE THE THIRTEEN TIGER RANGE COUNTRIES?

• There are thirteen tiger range countries where the tigers still roam around freely. The criteria of “roam around freely” is important because tigers need huge territories.

• The tiger range countries are India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Russia, Malaysia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and Nepal

ABOUT PILIBHIT TIGER RESERVE

• This tiger reserve is situated in Pilibhit and Shahjahanpur Districts of Uttar Pradesh. The reserve forms the part of the Terai Arc Landscape.

• It is situated in the upper Gangetic Plain Biogeographic Province. Rivers like Sharda, Chuka, Mala and Khannot originates from the tiger reserve.

• The reserve is home to sal forests, tall grasslands and swamp. These are maintained by periodic floods from rivers.

 

Source: DD News

http://ddnews.gov.in/national/ups-pilibhit-tiger-reserve-bags-1st-ever-international-award-tx2-doubling-number-tigers

 

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