A US academician working on economic biodiversity at a programme here on Thursday underscored the need for maintaining balanced ratio between tiger and deer populations in the Sundarbans in a bid to avoid tiger-human conflict. “In the Indian part of the Sundarbans, tigers are not in want of foods as they find enough deer there. So, the tigers do not approach human habitats in search of foods,” he pointed out.
Prof Martin of Davidson College, United States, was delivering a lecture on ‘Biodiversity Economics- a Special Focus on Tiger Conservation’ organised by an conservation organisation Wild Team at Cosmos Centre in the capital’s Mouchak.
He also suggested a hassle free compensation process to forest people who fall prey to tiger attacks.
He stressed the need for preserving forests to prevent tigers’ attack.
To save tigers from being poached, Prof Martin suggested creating employments for the people living in the forests.
“If they were employed, they might not kill tigers. With more income, they will not poach tigers,” he said.
-With The Independent input