Union Minister for Environment & Forests Jairam Ramesh today launched a new monitoring system that is expected to improve the effectiveness of all surveillance and anti-poaching interventions in Project Tiger Reserve areas.

According to an official press release, the tool has been developed to strengthen the interventions by field directors in order control poaching and prevent further intrusions into the forests. It will also ensure that patrolling is done by the forest guards.

“There are 39 Tiger Reserves in the country today. This system will ensure that the surveillance activities that are done by field director and his colleagues are based on ground level information,” Mr Ramesh said.

He said the system has been developed by the Wildlife Institute of India in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London and the National Tiger Conservation Authority.

The releae said about 3.5 lakh sq km of forest area of tiger reserves and non-tiger reserves as well as general forest areas is being covered at the beat level. The expertise of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) is also being involved in the process and, in many states, they have associated in Phase I data collection.

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