“Today only a fraction (7%) of former tiger territory is left” Asia, and especially the Indian plateau, stands out globally because it is amongst the highest human densities worldwide and is still showing considerable population growth. This is also true for Nepal with a population of about 30 million people. This results in concomitant natural resources depletion of increased agricultural production, infrastructure, and other economic developments.
More than in other parts of the world, this challenging set of circumstances requires non-traditional wildlife conservation approaches in which people and wildlife frequently interact. Innovation is key. An analysis of current conservation strategies and practices show that ‘business-as-usual’ in Asian wildlife conservation is not working. New approaches to wildlife conservation are needed.
An example: what is the best way to let tiger populations grow again?
A simple question but many complicated issues related to tiger habitat restoration have to be addressed.