India: Supreme Court rescinds ban on tourism in core areas of tiger reserves, but tight controls still in place
India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday lifted the ban on tourism in the core areas of the country’s tiger reserves and asked state governments to draw up conservation plans that follow the guidelines prepared by the National Tiger Conservation Authority.
India is home to approximately half of the world’s tiger population, with an estimated 1,700 in the country. On July 24, the Supreme Court had banned tourists from the “core areas”, or the inner parts of parks where tigers are believed to breed and hunt, of all 41 tiger sanctuaries in the country, citing the danger posed to the animal by tourist traffic in parts of the reserves.
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