Madhya Pradesh’s famous Panna National Park which is known for its Tiger Reserve has been declared as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Hence, this park now includes in the list of Biospheres of the world. Union Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar shared this good news on Twitter, and appreciated the efforts that helped the reserve attain the status, and also praised their work on tiger conservation. He also added that this new development will help the reserve to explore new measures to help the conservation of wildlife and sustainability.
The UNESCO Recognition meant that Panna National Park is a critical Tiger reserve and has undergone substantial ecosystem restoration in the buffer zone. The buffer zone has 3 urban centers and 300 villages where agriculture is the main source of income. Along with agriculture, horticulture, forestry, and eco-tourism are also booming.
In the year 2011, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) had declared Panna Tiger Reserve as a Biosphere Reserve and now after 9 years, UNESCO included in this program. And reportedly 13 years of its formation, Panna National Park earned Tiger Reserve in the year 1981.
UNESCO will add several Bio reserves every year where it will help to resolve man-animal conflict and promote conservation of biodiversity as well as sustainable use of natural resources.
Speaking about the achievement, Alok Kumar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), said that it is indeed a proud moment for the MP Forest Department as they did a lot of hard work to create a conducive environment and work towards adding numbers to the population of tigers.
He also thanked the help and appreciated the positive attitude of the nearby villages where the villagers have responded positively to the authorities of Panna National Club where they sensitized them about the rich wildlife and vegetation.