The video to the right introduces the Satpuda Landscape Tiger Partnership.
Click here for a map of India showing the location of the Satpuda range and additional detailed maps of the 8 reserves within the range.
“I strongly believe that the SLTP, which has achieved a high degree of synergy between the NGOs, local communities and Forest Department, needs to be continued at full steam for a number of years to develop the concept of landscape level conservation beyond the borders of protected areas”.
Mr. B. Majumdar, PCCF (Wildlife) & Chief Wildlife Warden, Maharashtra State
Our Vision and Beliefs
We have a vision of an interconnected system of wild lands and waters across the Satpuda Landscape, harmonizing the needs of people with those of nature such that both can thrive.
To achieve our ambition of Saving India’s Tigers we believe we need to focus our efforts on probably the most significant tiger habitat in India – the Satpuda landscape. We alone will not fulfil our ambition.
Saving India’s Tigers
We established ourselves in 2005 and we are now the largest NGO working on tiger and habitat conservation in India through a number of local NGO’s focussed on Central India. It is the Satpuda landscape that has the best remaining forests and interconnectivity in India.
The key to success will be finding solutions that align the interests of people with those of wildlife in the critical buffer zones and corridors surrounding the parks.
(With thanks and recognition of the Y2Y initiative with whom we share much in common)
The tigers that inhabit this area are clinging to survival, but they are not doing so alone: dedicated conservationists within the SLTP are working hard across this landscape to deliver long-term solutions, working closely with government officers and local communities to protect Satpuda’s wildlife while addressing some of the most urgent needs of the people that live close to tigers.
With as few as 3,500 wild tigers left in the world, and numbers rapidly decreasing, the future for this iconic species in its natural habitat is precarious indeed. Tiger range throughout India, Indochina, and Southeast Asia is now 40 percent smaller than it was in 1995, and today tigers occupy a mere 7 percent of their historical territory. Amidst this, the threats are mounting.
On the Indian subcontinent, where the largest tiger population persists or around 2,000 wild tigers, only 11 percent of original habitat remains in an increasingly fragmented and often degraded state. Tigers are a conservation dependent species, requiring large contiguous forests with access to water and undisturbed core areas in which to breed.
Our Satpuda Landscape Tiger Programme is unique:
Since formation we have >100 people working in the field and have touched through one of our programmes >150,000 people living in the vicinity of these vital parks.
There are 500 villages in our area with an average population of 750 – so much remains to be done.