Landscape Management Plan For Greater Panna Landscape


    In Context

    • Recently, as part of the Ken-Betwa Link Project (KBLP), a comprehensive Integrated Landscape Management Plan (ILMP) has been prepared for the conservation of wildlife and biodiversity in the Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR) & surrounding areas.


    • The plan will help to holistically consolidate the landscape for biodiversity conservation and human well-being, especially in forest-dependent communities. 
    • Panna Tiger Reserve:
      • It is a national park located in Panna and Chhatarpur districts of Madhya Pradesh in India.
      • It was declared in 1994 as the twenty-second Tiger reserve of India and the fifth in Madhya Pradesh.
      • Panna was given the Award of Excellence in 2007 as the best maintained national park of India by the Ministry of Tourism of India.
      • In 2020, UNESCO included Panna National Park of Madhya Pradesh under its list of Biosphere reserves
      • Among the animals found here are the tiger, leopard, chital, chinkara, nilgai, sambhar and sloth bear.

    Ken Betwa Link Project

    • About: 
      • It is the first interlinking of rivers project under National Perspective Plan (NPP) taken for implementation in Bundelkhand region, which faces recurrent drought situation. 
      • Under this, the transfer of excess water from the River Ken to the Betwa basin through the use of a concrete canal is proposed.
    • Aim
      • providing water security in the Bundelkhand 
      • also ensuring the overall conservation of the region and specially for landscape dependent species such as tiger, vulture and gharial. 
    • About Ken and Betwa Rivers:
      • Ken and Betwa rivers originate in MP and are the tributaries of Yamuna.
      • Ken meets with Yamuna in Banda district of UP and with Betwa in Hamirpur district of UP.
      • Ken River passes through Panna tiger reserve.
    • Implementing Agency:
      • A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) called Ken-Betwa Link Project Authority (KBLPA) will be set up to implement the project.
      • The National Interlinking of Rivers Authority (NIRA) has the powers to set up SPV for individual link projects.