The government through the National Tiger Conservation Authority, under the aegis of Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, (amended in 2006), with landmark initiatives such as ‘Project Tiger’, aims to protect the tiger population of the country.
Additionally, Kanha has its own achievements in the sphere of protecting wildlife and conserving environment. An important effort noted in the mainstream is that of protecting the ‘Barasingha’ population. Also, because of the strict rules and guidelines for tourists, and penalties on flouting these rules, the park authorities have successfully managed to minimize disturbances in the natural habitat of tigers.
Efforts promoting eco-tourism such as screening of short documentary movies for tourists within hotel premises (at a significant distance from the park’s buffer areas), ban on cell phones inside the park (as the signals disrupt ecosystems of birds and mammals) are regularly undertaken to create awareness on tiger protection. Waste management, instituting environment friendly infrastructure, effective garbage disposal methods, tree plantation, and rain water harvesting are some eco-friendly and responsible practices, hotels in the vicinity of the park, undertake.
Private players and NGOs have also forayed into ‘environment conservation’ space under their sustainability endeavours. Recently, Vodafone India announced a massive tree plantation drive in collaboration with Grow-Trees.com (official partner of UNEP’s ‘Billion Tree’ campaign in India) in the Kanha-Pench corridor. It is worthwhile to take note of the successful efforts of Grow-Trees.com with grassroots organizations such as, Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), in the Kanha-Pench corridor. Such initiatives are excellent ‘Public Private Community Partnership’ case studies, promoting sustainable development with environment protection, as the central objective. Aircel- NDTV-WWF ‘Save Our Tigers’ campaign is also a successful example of ‘Communications for Development’ focused on tiger protection and environment conservation.
Kanha’s ‘Kaladirgha’- One stop shop for handicrafts
Located at Khatiya gate of the park, ‘Aranya Ka Kaldirgha’ – a souvenir and handicrafts outlet, boasts of art and craft works from all over Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh, made by self help groups and artisans. Colorful bamboo artefacts from Mandla and Seoni, Maheshwari and Chanderi prints, wall hangings, Bagh printed wallets/folders, terracotta works and clay artefacts from Chattarpur, Dhokra metal art from Orccha and Bastar are available for promotion and sale.
When to visit?
The park is connected to Jabalpur and Nagpur by air, rail, and road. Ideal time to visit is between mid October through May. It is important to keep in mind that because of excess rainfall received by Kanha’s monsoon forests, and mating season of the wild cats around the same time, the park is shut from July until mid-October. More information about National Parks in Madhya Pradesh, and tiger safari bookings could be accessed at- http://www.mponline.gov.in/.
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