India ready to take leadership role, work with other tiger range nations: Prakash Javadekar
Prakash Javadekar said India is ready to work with other tiger range countries for the conservation of the big cat.
Speaking on the eve of the Global Tiger Day, the minister said India is proud of its achievements and despite the scarcity of land and rainfall, it boasts of eight per cent of the world's biodiversity.
"In 1973, there were just nine tiger reserves which have now increased to 50. It is important to know that none of these reserves are of poor quality. Either they are good or the best.
"Despite India's constraint of 2.5 per cent of global land, four per cent of rainfall and 16 per cent of world's human population, India is home to eight per cent of world's biodiversity which includes 70 per cent of the world's tiger population," he said.
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He said India is ready to work with other tiger range countries for the conservation of the big cat.
"We are ready to take the leadership role and work with all 12 tiger range countries in their training, capacity building and in the actual management of tiger reserves," Javadekar said.
There are currently 13 tiger range countries -- India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam.
At the event, a report on the condition of all 50 tiger reserves was released.
As per the report, Madhya Pradesh has the maximum number of tigers followed by Karnataka.
Besides the minister, the event was attended by Minister of State for Environment Babul Supriyo who said India's contribution to tiger conservation is so fascinating that the Guinness Book of World Records has acknowledged it.
The prime minister had in 2019 released a tiger estimation report as per which, India recorded 2,967 tigers, more than double the number from 1,411 in 2006.