Statsguru: Why is the cheetah reintroduction in India a challenge?

Attempts at sustainable fishing practices which incorporate fisherman's wishes are said to be one way to address the issue

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Conservation can be challenging at a time when 14.5 million people are said to be dependent on fishing for their livelihood

Sachin P Mampatta
The Union government’s decision to bring back cheetahs to India has put wildlife conservation in focus.

India has over 100,000 species of fauna, a mark of above average biodiversity relative to the land it occupies. It has 2.4 per cent of the earth’s land area but between 7-8 per cent of all global species (chart 1).

The import of eight cheetahs from Namibia comes on the back of an increasing number of other big cats. The tiger population has been going up, according to estimates over the years, as is the population of lions. India had nearly 700 lions and

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First Published: Sep 25 2022 | 11:29 PM IST

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