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Centre preparing web-based database to aid tiger conservation



PTI, 24th August 2009

NEW DELHI: As part of efforts to counter threats to tiger population, Centre is preparing the first web-based database on the endangered species to facilitate information exchange among governments and agencies on illegal wildlife trade and the conservation plan in the country.

Modelled after the EU TWIX, presently being used by over 431 wildlife law enforcement officials across 31 European countries and 93 enforcement agencies, including Interpol, 'Tigernet' will be an exclusive tool to share information among the states on various aspect of tiger population ranging from illegal trade to their breeding.

"We cannot sit idle given the dwindling population of the royal tigers in the country. The comprehensive database on tiger and related wildlife trade and crime is being prepared by World Wild Fund (WWF) on behalf of the NTCA to support effective conservation enforcement," Samir Sinha, head of Traffic India, a well-known wildlife monitoring network associated with WWF said.

The database also aims at capacity building as well development of training materials on tiger conservation and intelligence development for various agencies keeping in mind the poaching threat faced by the 1,400 tigers left in various reserves in the country.

EU-TWIX is a short form for EU-Trade in Wildlife Information exchange which was established by the Belgian police, Customs and Cites, and Traffic Europe in 2005 and has been found extremely useful in keeping tab on wildlife crime.

"The Chief wildlife wardens and wildlife officials besides environment ministry officials can access the database on the tiger status in the reserves in any part of the state in the country," the wildlife expert said, adding though public is restricted from availing the facility they can suggest and give inputs.

It is likely to be launched by the end of this month.

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