New Delhi: The protection of protected areas has risen to five.03 per cent from 4.90 per cent of the nation’s geographical space because the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led authorities got here to energy in 2014, officers stated on Saturday. Highlighting the federal government’s wildlife conservation efforts, they stated there have been 740 protected areas protecting 1,61,081.62 sqkm in 2014 and their quantity is now 981 with an space of 1,71,921 sq km. In the course of the day, Modi launched eight cheetahs introduced from Namibia in Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno Nationwide Park in a lift to the nation’s wildlife. Forest and tree cowl has elevated by 16,000 sqkm within the final 4 years. India is among the many few nations on this planet the place forest cowl is constantly rising, they stated. “There has additionally been a rise within the variety of group reserves. From 43 in 2014, their numbers shot as much as greater than 100 in 2019,” an official stated.
India is residence to 52 tiger reserves protecting roughly 75,000 sqkm space in 18 states, housing roughly 75 per cent of the worldwide inhabitants of untamed tigers. The nation achieved the purpose of doubling the tiger numbers in 2018 itself, 4 years prematurely of the focused yr 2022, officers famous. The tiger inhabitants in India elevated from 2,226 in 2014 to 2,967 in 2018.
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The budgetary allocation for tiger conservation has elevated from Rs 185 crore in 2014 to Rs 300 crore in 2022, officers stated. The inhabitants of Asiatic lions has additionally proven a gentle enhance with a inhabitants of 674 from 523 in 2015, a rise of 28.87 per cent — one of many highest development charges so far– they stated. India had 12,852 leopards as in comparison with the earlier estimate of seven,910 in 2014, registering a rise of over 60 per cent of their inhabitants, they famous.