The Manas National Park of Assam and the Royal Manas National Park of Bhutan have received the TX2 Conservation Excellence Award this year.
Aaranyak, a society for biodiversity conservation in the Northeast, has congratulated both Manas National Park of Assam and Royal Manas National Park of Bhutan for being honoured with the award.
“Congratulations to Manas National Park of Assam and Royal Manas National Park of Bhutan for receiving the Conservation Excellence Award. We have seen very closely how Manas NP over the years geared up to regain its glory,” Aaranyak tweeted.
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This award recognises one site that has achieved excellence in two or more of the five themes: Tiger and prey population monitoring and research (tiger translocation/prey augmentation); effective site management (CA/TS and METT assessments); Enhanced Law Enforcement & protection & Ranger Welfare improvement; Community based conservation, benefits and Human-Wildlife conflict mitigation, and Habitat and prey management.
The definition of a ‘site’ is an area having a functional tiger population, legally designated as a ‘site’ under national legislation.
Government agencies engaged in tiger conservation could nominate a site in their country or state/province under the mentioned categories.
A panel of experts reviewed the nominations and selected the qualifying sites in each award category.
Through the Global Tiger Initiative, Global Tiger Forum and other critical platforms, WWF continues to drive the TX2 goal forward, supporting the 13 tiger range governments to take action and fulfil their commitments with partnership, policy advice, and collaborative solutions.
The Manas National Park straddles the international boundary with 500 sq. km in western Assam and 1,057 sq. km in Bhutan.
The area under Project Tiger in the Indian part with the park at its core is 2,837 sq. km.
Bhutan has an estimated tiger population of 103 individuals at a density of 0.46 individuals per 100 km2.
Tx2 is a global goal to double wild tiger numbers by the year 2022.
Bhutan is one of the 13 countries working towards Tx2. From 2010 to 2016, Bhutan achieved the target with the number of tigers increasing from 10 to 22. It is one of the most ambitious conservation goals ever made for a single species.
Congratulations to Manas National Park of Assam and Royal Manas National Park of Bhutan for receiving Conservation Excellence Award. We have seen very closely how Manas NP over the years geared up to regain its glory. @CMOfficeAssam @ParimalSuklaba1 @IUCNssc @UNESCO @moefcc
— Aaranyak (@aaranyak) November 23, 2020
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