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National Parks and Sanctuaries will now be ranked annually2 min read

January 13, 2021 2 min read

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National Parks and Sanctuaries will now be ranked annually2 min read

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One thing that makes India so beautiful and diverse is its rich flora and fauna. Did you know that there are 103 national parks and 544 wildlife sanctuaries in India! Now, to better understand how to keep these protected areas safe and working smoothly, the Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar, announced that a survey will be conducted to assess how 146 national parks and sanctuaries are faring.

Kaziranga National Park in Assam is known for its rhino population

The Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) was released on Monday a tool to understand the strengths and weaknesses of protected areas. This system is being adopted by governments of various countries too.

“70% of the global tiger population, 70% of Asiatic lions and more than 60% of leopard population in India is a certificate of India’s thriving biodiversity as these big cats sit at the top of food chain and their growing numbers shows the well-being of the whole ecosystem.”

Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change

The winners and the losers

Among the protected areas that were surveyed across 29 states and Union Territories, it was found that Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuary and the Great Himalayan National Park in Himachal Pradesh performed the best. The Turtle Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh was the worst performer in the survey.

The Great Himalayan National Park in Himachal Pradesh

The survey took into account aspects such as the welfare of animals in these areas, what resources are available and what the financial conditions are.

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India has designated its protected areas into four broad categories — national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, conservation reserves and community reserves under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. Under this Act, India has 903 formally designated protected areas with a total coverage 1,65,012.6 square-km.

Minister Javadekar  also announced that from this year onwards, 10 best national parks, five coastal and marine parks and top five zoos in the country will be ranked and awarded annually.

Think with Owliver

Do you know which the largest national park in India is? Here’s a clue – it’s home to the elusive snow leopard… Think and let us know in the comments!

Sources: Indian Express, Republicworld.com

Photos: Travel Triangle, PTI, Tour my India