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This International Tiger Day, let’s save Panna Tiger Reserve

Save Panna Tiger Reserve

On International Tiger Day, let’s stand up for the big cats

Today is International Tiger Day, a day to celebrate the beauty and power of these majestic creatures. But it’s also a day to raise awareness about the threats they face, including habitat loss and poaching.

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One of the most important tiger reserves in India is Panna Tiger Reserve, located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Panna was once home to over 50 tigers, but the population dwindled to just 2 in 2009 due to poaching and habitat loss. However, thanks to conservation efforts, the tiger population in Panna has rebounded to over 60.

Now, Panna Tiger Reserve is facing a new threat: the Ken-Betwa Link Project. This project would involve the construction of a dam and canal that would submerge over 90 square kilometers of Panna Tiger Reserve, including some of the most important tiger habitat.

The construction of the Ken-Betwa Link Project would have a devastating impact on the tiger population in Panna. It would destroy their habitat, fragment their populations, and make them more vulnerable to poaching.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday wrote to Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar expressing concern over the “devastating impact of the Ken-Betwa river linkage project on the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh”. 

Noting that many people had shared their concerns with her, Sonia wrote, “Over the past decade Panna has been revived with great difficulty thanks to the dedicated efforts of the state government and the National Tiger Conservation Authority under your ministry. It is considered an outstanding example of translocation and successful breeding. It is now threatened by the river linking project and the state government’s open estimate is that around 40 per cent of the area of the PTR will be irretrievably damaged.”.
- Tribune News Service
New Delhi, April 9

In addition to the tigers, the Ken-Betwa Link Project would also have a negative impact on other wildlife in Panna, including leopards, sloth bears, and deer. It would also pollute the Ken River, which is a vital source of water for people and wildlife in the region.

The government of India has argued that the Ken-Betwa Link Project is necessary to provide water for people in the region. However, there are other ways to provide water for people without destroying Panna Tiger Reserve. For example, the government could invest in rainwater harvesting and water conservation measures.

We urge the government of India to reconsider the Ken-Betwa Link Project. There are other ways to provide water for people in the region without destroying Panna Tiger Reserve.

On this International Tiger Day, let’s stand up for the big cats. Let’s tell the government of India that we will not allow Panna Tiger Reserve to be destroyed.

How you can help

There are a number of things you can do to help save Panna Tiger Reserve:

  • Sign the petition to stop the Ken-Betwa Link Project.
  • Write to your elected representatives and ask them to oppose the project.
  • Spread the word about the threat to Panna Tiger Reserve.
  • Donate to organizations that are working to protect Panna Tiger Reserve.

Together, we can make a difference and save Panna Tiger Reserve for future generations.

In addition to the above, here are some other ways you can help:

  • Educate yourself about the threats to Panna Tiger Reserve and the Ken-Betwa Link Project.
  • Talk to your friends and family about the importance of protecting Panna Tiger Reserve.
  • Support businesses that are committed to sustainability and conservation.
  • Make changes in your own life to reduce your impact on the environment.

Every little bit helps. By taking action, we can help to save Panna Tiger Reserve and the tigers that call it home.

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