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Thursday, July 12, 2012

National tiger conservation authority for ban on tourism in core areas of tiger reserve

Deshdeep Saxena, TNN | Jul 12, 2012, 11.30AM IST BHOPAL: The national tiger conservation authority (NTCA) has recommended to ban tourism activities from the core areas of tiger reserves of the country and to limit them to buffer areas for the benefit of the local communities. The authority has filed its recommendation in the Supreme Court. The recommendations were submitted after the apex court's orders while hearing a petition filed by a Bhopal-based activist to ban tourism activities in the core areas of the parks. The petition pleaded the apex court to direct the governments to notify the buffer zones. In its recommendations, the NTCA has used the word "eco-tourism"- Guidelines for eco-tourism in and around protected areas". "There is a need to adhere with the amended provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act in terms of the core/critical tiger habitat or critical wildlife habitat that have defined the need to provide inviolate core and buffer areas (designed for co-existence) in tiger reserves", the recommendations stated.

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