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Losing time for the tiger Panthera tigris: delayed action puts a globally threatened species at risk of local extinction

Harihar, Abishek, Ghosh-Harihar, Mousumi, MacMillan, Douglas C. (2018) Losing time for the tiger Panthera tigris: delayed action puts a globally threatened species at risk of local extinction. Oryx, 52 (1). ISSN 0030-6053. (doi:10.1017/S0030605317001156)

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Abstract

Meeting global and regional environmental targets is challenging, given the multiplicity of stakeholders and their diverse and often competing policy agendas and objectives. Relatively few studies have sought to systematically analyse the progress, or lack thereof, of institutionally complex and diffuse projects. Here we analyse one such project, which aims to protect and restore a critical landscape corridor for tigers Panthera tigris in north-western India, using a temporal–analytic framework that integrates ecological information on species population status and spatial connectivity modelling with a systematic examination of the decision-making process. We find that even with adequate ecological knowledge the tiger population is on the verge of local extinction because of weak institutional support, poor adaptive planning and ineffective leadership in a complex political arena, which has led to delays in conservation action. From the outset the conservation agencies and NGOs that were the primary drivers of the project lacked awareness of the political idiosyncrasies of coordinating the actions of disparate agencies within the decision-making process. To secure better future environmental outcomes we recommend the adoption of an improved project appraisal methodology that explicitly encompasses an evaluation of organizational incentives, to determine political buy-in, including alignment with organizational objectives and funding availability.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S0030605317001156
Uncontrolled keywords: Chilla–Motichur, conservation recommendations, corridor connectivity, decision process, implementation, India, multi-stakeholder, western Terai Arc Landscape
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Douglas MacMillan
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2017 16:58 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019 07:59 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/64920 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
MacMillan, Douglas C.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2573-5049
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