The Alfred Toepfer Heritage Scholarships 2011 are now open for applications! The award provides three young European conservationists with €3000 to undertake a study visit to one or more protected areas in European countries other than their own. It is given by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation and the EUROPARC Federation. The deadline for applications is Friday May 20th 2011. Last year CMA member Matt McGettigan a ranger at Langdon Hills Country Park, won one of the awards. http://www.europarc.org/what-we-do/alfred-toepfer-schol
Roger Cole CMA International Adviser
The Weerribben-Wieden National Park(Netherlands) will be hosting EUROPARC's 10th International Junior Ranger Camp, from the 16th to the 23rd of July 2011. The park is delighted to invite Junior Rangers from all over Europe to participate at the event. Ten Parks, each with one adult Ranger and two Junior Rangers each, will have the opportunity to attend this years camp. Registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis, but no more than two parks per country will be admitted (unless there is still space at the end of the registration period). To register, participants must fill in a registration form ( http://www.europarc.org/home/ ) and send it electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org and a signed version to the EUROPARC Federation, Waffnergasse 6, 93047 Regensburg, Germany. The deadline for registration is Wednesday 18th of May 2011.
Roger Cole CMA International Adviser
India's latest tiger census shows an increase in their numbers - but also that threats to their roaming territory could reverse those gains. The census counted at least 1,706 tigers in forests across the country, about 300 more than four years ago. The world tiger population is around 3,000.
Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh called the increase good news but cautioned against any complacency in efforts to save tigers from extinction. "The rise in numbers is the result of sustained efforts, but the shrinking of tiger corridors is alarming," he said. Wildlife experts who conducted the census said tiger corridors, which are the routes frequently used by the big cats to move from one reserve to another, had declined sharply as huge power projects, mining and roads cut into their habitats.
"Securing these corridors should be taken up as a priority," said Rajesh Gopal, director, National Tiger Conservation Authority. India has also set up more tiger reserves. In 2004 there were only 28-33 tiger reserves, now there are 39 reserves
Wildlife experts, however, are doubtful about the accuracy of the latest tiger figures. “The rise in numbers is significant but you can always fudge the figures if you want to, whatever counting method you use,” said M.K. Ranjit Sinh, chairman of the Wildlife Trust of India.
Nevertheless, the threats to tigers in India increase as the government tries to juggle the competing claims of development and wildlife conservation.
Unlike earlier tiger estimates, when pugmarks of individual tigers were counted, this time conservationists used hidden cameras and DNA tests to count the cats in 17 Indian states where tigers live in the wild. There were estimated to be around 40,000 tigers in India at the time of independence from Britain in 1947 and a century ago, about 100,000 tigers roamed India's forests.
Roger Cole; CMA International Adviser.
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