The travel habits of Chinese citizens are changing the world. Taking about 145 million overseas trips a year, the Middle Kingdom’s middle class is moving—and spending—more than that of any other nation: In 2016 they accounted for $261 billion overseas, a fifth of all sales by international tourists, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization. To the south, India’s own swelling, monied middle class—250 million smartphone-toting young professionals out of a population of 1.3 billion—is starting to emulate its regional rival. In less than 10 years, the World Travel & Tourism Council expects India to become the fourth-largest travel and tourism economy behind China, the U.S., and Germany. Although more people are visiting India than ever before—two decades ago about 2.4 million international tourists came to India a year; in 2017 there were five times … [Read more...] about Tourism in India is booming, so why is everyone so worried?
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These are among the main findings of a new consumer research and demand-reduction report released on Tuesday by the US Agency for International Development Wildlife Asia (USAID Wildlife Asia) project. The “Consumer Demand for Wildlife Products in Thailand” report, measuring in terms of both quality and quantity, also found that traditional beliefs regarding the protective and prestige-enhancement benefits of ivory and tiger parts enticed Thais to buy wildlife products. “Understanding what influences consumer behavior is an important step to reducing demand for ivory and tiger products in Thailand,” said Richard Goughnour, director of USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia. He added that by targeting current and potential consumers, more effective messaging and campaigns on motivations and what drives desire for ivory and tiger parts can thus be implemented – and could help put an end to the trade in illegal wildlife. The research … [Read more...] about USAID Wildlife Asia report highlights what’s behind Thai demand for ivory, tiger parts
The pan-India tiger census to begin later this month will aim at higher accuracy for which the authorities have decided to double the number of camera traps and include new regions, mostly in Uttarakhand. The census is held every four years. With about 70 per cent of the world's free-ranging tigers, India is home to 2,226 of this endangered species, of which about 640 roar outside tiger reserves. "The grid size has been reduced this time. Earlier, a grid was of 4 sq km; this time it will be of 2 sq km. Every grid has a pair of camera-traps," Sanjay Kumar, DIG, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), told IANS. The survey area will also increase because of formation of new tiger reserves since the 2014 census. That survey had covered 473,580 sq km of forests, including 44 tiger reserves, spanning 18 states. However, by January 2018, the total number of tiger reserves have increased to 50. The contours of the present survey are being worked out and would be finalised by the time it … [Read more...] about Tiger census: Camera-traps doubled, new regions added in India to increase accuracy
The mystery is creeping up on the death of two tigers and an elephant at the Bandipur national park, Karnataka as the carcasses of the animals were found nearer to a water body. The viscera of the animals have been sent for tests to ascertain the cause of death, and authorities are now waiting for the report from the National Centre for Biological Sciences, and the Forensic Science Laboratory in Bangalore. According to reports, Karnataka forest officials suspect a foul play in the incident, and many believe that the water body could have been poisoned. The BRT management has collected water samples from each of these water bodies in the area and sent them for chemical analysis. Initially, the dead bodies of the animals were spotted on January 25, 2017, very close to the Hirekere waterbody in the Himmavad Gopalswamy Betta range of the tiger reserve by the forest watchers. The bodies were found decomposed indicating that the animals might have died a week ago. The male tiger was found to … [Read more...] about 2 tigers, 1 elephant die in Bandipur National Park, poisoning suspected
The survey of more than 100 tiger conservation areas, where an estimated 70 per cent of the world’s wild tigers live, found that only 13 per cent of them are able to meet global standards. This is according to a joint statement from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Conservation Assured | Tiger Standards (CA|TS), an accreditation system designed to measure and improve the management of tiger conservation areas, issued yesterday. At least one-third of the areas are severely at risk of losing their tigers. Alarmingly, most of these sites are in Southeast Asia, where tigers have suffered the most dramatic decline in the past decade. Reassuringly, two-thirds of the areas surveyed reported fair to strong management. Yet, basic needs, such as enforcement against poaching, engaging local communities and managing conflict between people and wildlife, remain weak for all areas surveyed. “Ineffective management of tiger conservation areas leads to tiger … [Read more...] about Tigers at risk in SE Asian reserves, says survey