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The conservation of tigers is not just about increasing their numbers as more tigers require more habitat, which is becoming less and less available each day. Evaluate.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.

5. The conservation of tigers is not just about increasing their numbers as more tigers require more habitat, which is becoming less and less available each day. Evaluate. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The HinduInsights on India

Why the question:

In the context of International Tiger Day (July 29), India must not lose sight of the fact that there are other factors critical to ensuring the survival of this big cat

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the importance of habitat conservation in protecting tigers.

Directive word: 

Evaluate – When you are asked to evaluate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidence.  You must appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming an opinion here.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context regarding the increase in tiger population in India.

Body:

First, write about the various steps taken in order to conserve the tiger species – Amendment of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, Constitution of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), project Tiger” and “Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats” and International cooperation etc.

Next, write about the needed to take in to account other factors such as habitat in conserving the tiger population in the India. Write about the steps that are needed in this regard.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward.