The Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) 2022 study ranks Satpura Tiger Reserve second nationally and first in Madhya Pradesh in the fifth cycle. The information was made public by Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with State’s Tiger Report 2022.
Since 2006, the MEE has evaluated the country’s tiger conservation efforts. The Tiger reserves have since undergone numerous cycles of evaluation every four years. The MEE exercise, adapted from the World Commission on Protected Areas framework of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, has emerged as the most critical method to support and improve the management perspectives of Tiger Reserves and their related landscape connectivity.
The assessment considers design considerations and the sufficiency, and suitability of management systems and processes. Furthermore, the accomplishment of Tiger Reserve objectives, such as value conservation.
Satpura Tiger Reserve has earned the second-best national ranking out of India’s 51 tiger reserves against only the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala. Due to increased teamwork and leadership, Satpura has secured the position. Satpura Tiger Reserve scored 93.18%, while Periyar Tiger Reserve earned an MEE score of 94.38%. Three of the 12 reserves considered the best in the country are from Madhya Pradesh. Satpura Tiger Reserve comes in at number two, Kanha Tiger Reserve at number five, and Seoni’s Pench Tiger Reserve at number eight.
The survey also showed that since 2018, the state’s tiger population has grown by 185. On July 29, International Tiger Day, a breakdown of the total number of tigers in each state will be made public.
The assessment Criteria
For assessing each of the six elements of the MEE Framework, 33 criteria have been developed for the MEE of Tiger Reserves in India.
The Highlights of MEE
The fifth cycle of assessment in 2022 has reported an overall increase of 8% in the mean MEE Score (77.92%) compared to the fourth cycle of the MEE TR assessment 2018 (70%). Twelve TRs have secured the MEE score of 90% and above. Hence, they have been included in the “Excellent” category. No Tiger Reserve is rated in the “Poor” category in the 5th cycle of the MEE TR assessment. Tiger reserves like Panna and Sariska, which had lost all their tigers earlier, are now performing well. Five Tiger Reserves Udanti Sitanadi, Indravati, Palamau, Similipal, and Nagarjunasagar were categorized in the Red Corridor due to extremist issues. Although, they are now performing well.
The MEE Assessment 2022 indicates that most Tiger Reserves are well integrated within the forest landscapes. In addition, have complied with statutory criteria such as the declaration of a buffer zone and tiger conservation plans. A matrix-based scoring was introduced in the current MEE cycle for the first time. It promotes an evidence-based assessment of the Tiger Reserves in the country.
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