A New Publication On Tiger Conservation
May 15, 2011: Dear colleagues: Some of us jointly published an analysis on the most cost-effective and optimal global tiger conservation strategy in the present context. This paper just came out in the prestigious journal PLOS Biology.
The approach suggested herein stands in contrast to other strategies that recommend scattered prioritization of investments across large landscapes, via demand reduction, supply side solutions etc. This proposed "six percent solution" is rooted in the tiger demographic data resulting from our data/research work in India/Russian Far East/SE Asia, as well as in the overall "Indian experience" during 1970-2010 in recovering tigers from the brink by focusing on source populations and emphasizing field protection combined with intensive annul monitoring of populations (as proposed now under phase IV by NTCA).
I also believe this publication corrects some of the distortions present in the hitherto widely prevalent landscape-based priority setting schemes that ended up de-emphasizing India's global role and experience in securing the wild tigers future. I thought this paper might be of interest to you.
The paper and full set of appendices are available on line at http://www.plosbiology.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pbio.1000485
K. ULLAS KARANTH, Ph.D
Senior Conservation Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society, New York
& Director, Centre for Wildlife Studies
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