Nepali Times Asian Paints

Back to Main Page

Chitwan best tiger habitat

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Om Astha Rai

Chitwan National Park (CNP) of Nepal has been recognized as the world’s best tiger habitat.

At a four-day regional symposium on zero poaching that concluded in Kathmandu on Friday, the CNP was declared as the world’s first protected area to be accredited as Conservation Assured Tiger Standards (CA|TS).

CA|TS is a new tool developed by Tigers Alive Initiative (TAI) of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to identify and recognize the world’s best tiger habitats. CA/TS accreditation means that the CNP is a well-managed, protected and effective refuge for tigers.chitwan

“It is yet another achievement for Nepal,” said Khalid Pasha, CA|TS manager at the WWF-Tigers Alive Initiative. “Other protected areas in and outside Nepal need to replicate the CNP’s success.”

To be accredited as a CA|TS habitat, a protected area needs to be reviewed by an international independent committee. The CA|TS-accredited protected area may lose its status if its management condition is found to have deteriorated in periodic review.

“So, the challenge for the CNP is to continue what it is doing,” said Pasha.

Nepal was the first country to register the CNP for review by the CA|TS committee. India and Bangladesh have also registered some of their protected areas for CA|TS accreditation.

“In the Zero Poaching Symposium, countries like Bhutan, Vietnam, China and Malaysia have also show their interest for CA|TS accreditation,” said Pasha.

The Zero Poaching Symposium, participated by representatives of 13 Asian countries where tigers can be found, was not only a celebration of Nepal’s success but also an opportunity for other countries to learn from Nepal.

Nepal has achieved two zero poaching years in 2011 and 2014, meaning that no tiger, rhino or elephant was killed in those periods. In addition, Nepal has not lost a single big cat to poachers over the last three years.

“Nepal’s success is a result of six pillars of conservation – assessment, technology, cooperation, prosecution, capacity and community,” said Barney Long, Director of Special Conservation at the WWF. “Had Nepal missed just one of these pillars, zero poaching years would not have been possible.”

Long added, “Other countries have failed to adopt all these strategies simultaneously; that is why they are struggling to achieve what Nepal has achieved.”

At a time when Nepal is basking in its achievement of zero poaching years, tigers continue to face threats from poachers and smugglers in other Asian countries.

“Poaching is still rampant,” said Mike Baltzer, leader of the WWF-Tiger Alive Initiative. “Other countries need to replicate Nepal’s efforts to curb poaching and smuggling of tigers.”

As per the latest tiger census report, number of majestic cats has reached 198 in Nepal, most of them in the CNP area. Established in 1973 and listed as a world heritage site in 1984, the CNP covers an area of 932 km. The CNP is also home to one-horned rhinos, elephants and many endangered species.





Go back to previous page          Bookmark and Share         

2 Responses to “Chitwan best tiger habitat”

  1. David Finlayson on Says:

    What a great achievement for CNP. I have fond memories of of my time in that park many years ago.

  2. Nepal Is Home to the World’s Leading Tiger Conservation Park · Global Voices on Says:

    […] Located in the subtropical inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal, the park earned the accreditation from the Tigers Alive Initiative (TAI) of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). To qualify, tiger conservation areas must meet a set of 17 standards. Chitwan National Park met them all, and is considered a well-managed, protected and effective refuge for tigers. […]

Leave a Reply