The Fifth Bengal Tiger Consultation – Ecosystems, Climate Change and National Development, July 28-29, 2009, New Delhi
This has a somewhat different purpose from the earlier four consultations held in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai. Having won consensus from a very wide range of people directly involved in protecting wildlife across India, we want to engage the political, administrative and financial systems in the rationale behind wanting to save ecosystems. We want to demonstrate that reigning in climate change is best done by working collectively towards ecosystem renewal. This we will show will impact positively on our food and water security and could help to sequester and store millions of tonnes of atmospheric carbon in the process.
Our simple and continuing objective is to win support for the proposition that protecting wild ecosystems and species was intrinsic, not external, to national development. There has been unanimity amongst all participants of the Bengal Tiger Consultation process that bridges needed to be built between wildlife defenders and representatives of local communities living just outside our Protected Area network. The cement to strengthen these bridges is the determination to make local communities the first recipients of all benefits that flow outward from restored ecosystems.
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Click here for a complete report of the consultation proceedings and recommendations.