IBCA to Come In India for Conserving Big Cats Including Tigers

  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the establishment of the International Big Cat Alliance (IBCA) with headquarters in India. 
  • The IBCA aims to secure the future of big cats and their habitats, with a one-time budgetary support of Rs.150 Crore for five years from 2023-24 to 2027-28. 
  • The alliance is a multi-country, multi-agency coalition of 96 big cat range countries, non-range countries interested in big cat conservation, conservation partners, scientific organizations, business groups, and corporations. 
  • The IBCA will establish networks and develop synergies to strengthen the conservation agenda and arrest the decline in the big cat population. 
  • The IBCA will have a multi-pronged approach, focusing on knowledge sharing, capacity building, networking, advocacy, finance and resources support, research and technical support, education, and awareness. 
  • The IBCA will also play a greater role in promoting the Big Cat Conservation campaign among the masses, including the youth and local communities. 
  • The IBCA recognizes the importance of integrating biodiversity policies with sustainable development goals (SDGs) to achieve holistic and inclusive conservation outcomes. 
  • The IBCA governance consists of an Assembly of Members, a Standing Committee, and a Secretariat with its headquarters in India. 
  • The IBCA has secured the Government of India’s initial support of Rs. 150 Crore for five years.
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