High Commission of India, Dhaka
June 19, 2012
19 June, 2012 - Conservation of Royal Bengal Tigers of Sunderbans - Bilateral Talks on Joint Conservation Efforts, held at New Delhi
As a next step towards increasing bilateral cooperation on conservation of Royal Bengal Tigers of Sunderbans and to implement the bilateral Protocol on Conservation of the Royal Bengal Tiger signed during Hon’ble Prime Minister of India’s visit to Bangladesh in September 2011, India and Bangladesh held bilateral talks on Joint Conservation Efforts at New Delhi last month. The Indian side was headed by Dr. Rajesh Gopal, Member Secretary, National Tiger Conservation Authority of India and the Bangladesh side was headed by Dr. Tapan Dey, Conservator of Forests.
Both sides have expressed interest in using the same protocols for monitoring tigers, prey, human pressures and habitat, and to develop a common monitoring scheme.
They also agreed to several specific activities such as:-
• Conducting of sign surveys for tigers and other wildlife;
• Conducting coordinated patrols across Sunderbans which could be analysed in SMART Patrol format covering the entire Sunderbans;
• Sharing information on poaching and illegal trade.
India has offered assistance to Bangladesh in the following areas:-
• Provide customized training to Bangladesh to help capacity-building to conduct scientific assessment of tiger and prey estimation and monitoring;
• Customise computer software (MSTrIPES) for the entire Sunderbans Ecosystem to facilitate transboundary analysis and reporting;
• Train Bangladesh Forest Officials and Wildlife biologists specifically for the Sunderbans;
• Provide technical experience to Bangladesh officials/researchers in anesthesia capture and handling tigers, including by inviting them to participate in radio-collaring exercises in the Indian Sunderbans.