Tiger ban lifted in India
India's Supreme Court has finally lifted the ban on Tiger Tourism in core areas of reserves and sanctuaries. The ban came in July after complaints that commercial activity was having an impact the tiger population.
The Court has asked every state to prepare ‘a tiger conservation plan' within six months, keeping in mind the NTCA (National Tiger Conservation Authority) guidelines and submit it to the Centre for approval.
According to the guidelines, tourism is allowed in at least 20 percent of the core areas of the sanctuaries and NTCA has proposed a new conservation fee for the tourism industry, which will be used in improving the ecology and the quality of life of the local community living nearby.
The new guidelines recognise that tourism has an important role in the conservation plan of the tiger, and each state will now have greater control on how the guidelines will be implemented.
National Parks of India reopen from 16th October 2012 onwards till the end of June in 2013.
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