Country gets its first tiger repository [Biodiversity]
The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) will now house the country’s first repository on tigers, under its new Tiger Cell.
The Dehradun-based WII has about 23,000 images of tigers. If a tiger skin is recovered at a place then a properly maintained database can be used to check where the tiger might have come from.
The Tiger Cell could also help with the development-conservation debate. When a project needs environmental clearance, spatial data can be used to overlay the project plan on our maps and check whether the project would interfere [with wildlife habitats that must not be disturbed].
The Tiger Cell will be funded by the NTCA, a statutory body under the Environment Ministry.
The Tiger Cell will assist in population assessment of tigers, law enforcement, wildlife forensics, infrastructural development and mitigation, smart patrolling and advisory role in policy formulation.