Economic Valuation of Tiger Reserves and Proposed Corridors

Meetings were held between GIST and the National Tiger Conservation Authority in 2013 to develop the implementation strategy and study structure for the evaluation of six tiger reserves. Three levels of analysis that were identified:

 

 

 

At each of these levels, a focus on policy priorities and objectives was maintained to ensure appropriate recognition and consideration of these economic values in a national planning and policy context by:

 

  1. Establishing policy objectives i.e. identifying national policy priorities that will be impacted and can be addressed through the proposal to enhance preservation of tiger reserves and to create corridors.

  2. Undertaking valuations of services of tiger reserves; once the relevant policies have been identified, the annual economic value of the services of tiger reserves be assessed based on the benefits they provide towards policy objectives.

  3. Assessing economic value added by proposed corridors; in terms of the increased benefits the corridors would provide to various adjacent areas to tiger reserves. Whilst it is difficult to value resilience, the impact of corridors on survival and resilience of tiger reserves would also be commented on.

 

A full study covering six tiger parks has been launched by the Indian Institute of Forest Management based on the structure provided by the Trust.