26COM 21B. 9
Sundarbans National Park (India)
1. Invites the State Party to provide up-to-date information on the current status of the Public Interest Petition (PIP) on the impacts of tiger prawn seed harvesting and the measures taken by authorities to address the concerns raised by the PIP;
2. Recommends that the State Party with the participation of Indian experts and the experts of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of IUCN, consider undertaking a review in order to provide additional inputs regarding methodologies and techniques used for tiger census to improve reliability of estimates of the tiger population in the Sundarbans, as well as a rigorous scientific ungulate study to establish the available prey base;
3. Notes the offer of support to the State Party from IUCN and the IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group;4. Invites the State Party to consider these issues within the context of the review of the state of conservation of the site as part of the Periodic Reporting process now underway for reporting at its 27th session in June/July 2003.