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Conservation projects, Jim Corbett National Park, Corbett Tiger Reserve

Conservation Projects Jim Corbett National Park

In addition to their management responsibilities the forest staff also looks after wildlife tourism. The department maintains various facilities and services for the 70,000-odd visitors that come to Corbett every year. Regulated tourism in Corbett Tiger Reserve gives visitors a chance to view wild animals in their natural environment and experience the beauty of Nature. This is the only way to help people from all walks of life appreciate the true value of wildlife preservation.
Most people consider ecotourism to be synonymous to tourism in natural areas. But there is more to ecotourism than this. In addition to responsible travel to natural areas that is sensitive to environmental concerns, true ecotourism should also sustain the livelihoods and cultural identities of local communities.

Ecotourism is an important tool for conservation because it generates economic benefits for the authorities managing the protected area as well as local people who get employment. This instils a sense of pride in the local people who now appreciate the value of their natural and cultural heritage. Ecotourism also influences visitors by providing an opportunity for a better, more educative experience, thus sensitising them towards conservation.
Tourism,Jim Corbett National Park The importance of ecotourism is gradually being realised in developing countries like India that have great natural wealth. The concept has much more potential in states such as Uttaranchal that have substantial areas under forests. Recently, there have been attempts in India to institutionalise ecotourism and various state governments have announced or are in the process of formulating ecotourism policies. There have been several community-based initiatives in this direction in Uttaranchal, Sikkim, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh and in the near future other states are expected to follow.

Jim Corbett national Park is pride of Uttarakhand state in terms of wildlife tourism. The park is famous all over the world for its exotic flora and fauna. The Corbett National Park has a rich wildlife conservation history. Corbett is an ideal home to a wide variety of wildlife species. Some of the major animal species found in Corbett are elephants, tigers, crocodiles, deer, para or hog deer, leopards, langurs, wild boars, ghariyal etc. The park management authority has the responsibility to conserve all these wild species without distracting their natural habitats.
The Indian Crocodile conservation project is counted among the more successful conservation initiatives in the world. It has proved boon for the once threatened crocodilians from the brink of extinction and has placed them on a good path of recovery. The same very project was introduced in Corbett in the year of 1976. The main motto behind this project was to protect India's three endangered crocodilian species, namely the freshwater crocodile, the saltwater crocodile and the ghariyal. The project has contributed towards conservation of large number of species as well.

Project Elephant (PE) is centrally sponsored scheme that was launched in February 1992 to provide financial and technical support to major elephant bearing states in the country for protection of elephants. The same very scheme was launched in Corbett to protect viable population of elephants in their natural habitats.

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