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Year of the Tiger: Global Tiger Initiative 2010 – 2022 and St Petersburg Tiger Summit

Geschreven op 15-2-2010 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Agenda, Dieren

Global Tiger Initiative

24-11-2010: International Tiger Day, also known as Global Tiger Day, is an annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation, held annually on 29 July. It was created in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit

See: International Tiger Day – Global Tiger Day: Save the Tigers from Extinction

At the International Tiger Forum, Governments of 13 countries that host tiger populations agreed to double tiger numbers by 2022 and endorsed the St. Petersburg Declaration in a historic effort to save the Asian big cat from extinction. Actions will focus on protecting the tiger’s habitat, addressing poaching, illegal trade and providing the financial resources for this emergency plan.

Over the last century, tiger numbers have plummeted from about 100,000 to less than 3,500 tigers in the wild today. Three sub-species of tigers have already completely disappeared and the fate of the other six is at stake. The last decade alone has seen a decline of almost 40 per cent in tiger numbers and habitat as a result of human-made threats, such as, in particular, habitat loss, illegal wildlife trade and poaching and human-tiger conflicts.

Executive Secretary, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Secretariat stressed: “Safeguarding international migration corridors and trans-border habitats will be crucial for global efforts to save the tiger. The Convention on Migratory Species is unique in that it can provide a framework to protect not only the animal, but also its habitat.”

In order to stop its devastating decline, the 13 countries have agreed to strengthen international collaboration to protect the majestic Asian wild cat. Scientific monitoring will be improved to help restore the species’ habitats and its trans-boundary corridors. Halting poaching and illegal trade of tigers and tiger products is a core component of the conservation strategy.

Creating incentives for local people to protect tigers and strengthening wildlife law enforcement and legislation will be vital to achieve the ambitious St. Petersburg targets. It is hoped that conflicts occurring between tigers and local communities will be reduced by involving local people more actively in biodiversity protection. Source: UNEP

See also: Ensuring Tigers Live in the Wild Forever - India Tiger Population Begins Slow Comeback - Saving Tigers from Extinction - Powerful alliance to fight wildlife crime comes into effect at Tiger Forum

17-09-2010: The St. Petersburg Tiger Summit later this year on November 21 st  is expected to build on new momentum established by several international events on tiger conservation in 2010, the International Year of the Tiger.

The Global Tiger Summit in St Petersburg will bring together the 13 countries that still have wild tigers, along with conservation organisations, in an attempt to thrash out a global recovery plan. Britain and the US are also being urged to attend.

The WWF says it is optimistic about the summit’s chances of success, but warns that failure will lead to the extinction of the tiger across much of Asia. The draft communique for the summit, seen by the Observer, notes that in the past decade tiger numbers worldwide have fallen by 40% and warns that “Asia’s most iconic animal faces imminent extinction in the wild”. Source: The Guardian

Zie ook: Indian Youth Climate Network and 350.org: Save the Tiger - WWF camera trap yields first-time film of tigress and cubs in Sumatra, Indonesia - Happy New Year: White tiger cubs greet the Year of the Tiger -Happy New Year – Het jaar van de Tijger 4707 - Phoenix Fund International Tiger Day 2010 – Global Tiger Day: Save the Tigers from Extinction -

AMC on Tiger Conservation 201015-02-2010: Het aantal wilde tijgers in Azië moet de komende twaalf jaar verdubbelen, zodat er in 2022, het volgende Year of the Tiger,  een echt tijger-feest kan plaatsvinden. De wereldwijde tijgerpopulatie zit nu, beetje afhankelijk van de schattingen, op 3000 tot 5000 dieren. In 2022 moeten dat er minimaal 7000 zijn. De tijger staat op de rode lijst van bedreigde dieren.

Dat zijn de vertegenwoordigers van Bangladesh, Bhutan, Birma, China, India, Indonesië, Cambodja, Laos, Maleisië, Nepal, Rusland, Thailand en Vietnam overeengekomen op de 1st AMC on Tiger Conservation Conference in HuaHin Thailand. Op een een volgende Tijger-Top in het Rusland zullen concrete maatregelen worden  genomen om dit doel te bereiken.

12 Reacties

  1. Erik van Erne zegt:

    17 september 2010 om 07:39 | Permalink

    Saving Tigers from Extinction: The Six Percent Solution

    It is the Chinese Year of the Tiger and also the International Year of Biodiversity. So it seems more than fitting that this year will also see the first Tiger Summit, scheduled for this coming November, to be hosted by Russia’s Vladimir Putin, prime minister of the summit’s host nation. The summit marks the culmination of efforts by the Global Tiger Initiative GTI), begun in 2008, to address and mitigate the severe declines in tiger populations world wide. Leaders of 13 tiger range states and their supporting donors, NGOs and conservation groups will be asked to commit to substantive measures to prevent the extinction of the world’s last, wild tiger populations.

    In an analysis “Bringing the Tiger Back from the Brink—The Six Percent Solution” of global tiger population densities and ranges, researchers note that only 3500 tigers remain in the wild (1000 of which are most likely females), and currently occupy less than 7% of their historic range. The authors urge conservation leaders to refocus efforts on protecting tigers at “spatially well-defined priority sites”, supported by proven best practices of law enforcement, wildlife management, and scientific monitoring. Read more at Eco Localizer

  2. Erik van Erne zegt:

    25 september 2010 om 13:15 | Permalink

    Leonardo DiCaprio to help save India’s tigers

    Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio will put his fame to work to raise global awareness about India’s dwindling number of tigers, an official said Saturday. DiCaprio and India’s Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh met at a reception Friday in New York organised by the Coalition of Rainforest Nations, an inter-governmental organisation.

    India’s endangered tiger population has plummeted to 1,350 — just over a third of the 3,700 estimated to be alive in 2002. Earlier this year, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan joined a campaign to protect the tiger.

  3. Erik van Erne zegt:

    28 september 2010 om 06:19 | Permalink

    Myanmar Tycoon Htay Myint’s Yuzana Company Makes a Mockery of the World’s Largest Tiger Reserve

    A report released today reveals how Htay Myint, one of Burma’s most powerful tycoons, is establishing massive mono-crop plantations in the world’s largest Tiger Reserve in northern Burma’s remote Hugawng Valley. Htay Myint’s Yuzana Company, a Burmese conglomerate with close ties to the ruling military, was granted 200,000 acres in the Hugawng Valley Tiger Reserve in 2006 to establish sugar cane and tapioca plantations. The report Tyrants, Tycoons and Tigers by the Kachin Development Networking Group (KDNG) details how fleets of bulldozers and backhoes have been razing forests and destroying animal corridors, leaving only the conservation signboards standing.

    The Reserve was established in 2001 with the support of the US-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). However WCS has remained silent on this destruction of the Reserve and has even claimed that Hugawng Valley will be a cornerstone of tiger conservation in the future.

    “The destruction in Hugawng makes a mockery of the tiger reserve,” said KDNG spokesperson Ah Nan. “Yuzana is doing whatever it likes with the aid of the generals and the silence of conservationists.” Despite the plantations, Burma’s military regime claims in its recent National Tiger Plan that it will double the country’s tiger population by 2022. The plan will be submitted at the Global Tiger Summit in later this year. The new report also documents the struggles of indigenous farmers being forcibly relocated to make way for the plantations. They have organized themselves to resist attacks and intimidation from Yuzana and regime officials, opened a court case against the company and asked the International Labor Organization to intervene.

    Htay Myint, targeted by EU and US government sanctions due to links to the junta, is slated to become a regional governor after Burma’s upcoming elections. Source: AKSYU

  4. Erik van Erne zegt:

    2 november 2010 om 22:15 | Permalink

    WWF Heroes for a living planet: Tigers

    The tiger is the largest of all cat species. It is also one of the most threatened. There are six living subspecies of tiger: Bengal, Indochinese, Malayan, Amur (or Siberian), Sumatran and South China. The South China tiger is believed by many scientists to be functionally extinct because it has not been seen in the wild for more than 25 years.

    There are now estimated to be as few as 3,200 tigers left in the wild, mostly found in isolated pockets spread across increasingly fragmented forests stretching from India to north-eastern China and from the Russian Far East to Sumatra. Wild tiger numbers have fallen by about 95% over the past 100 years, and three subspecies – the Bali, Caspian and Javan – are extinct. Source: WWF

    Tiger recovery has been sporadic, but where there is investment in the protection of habitat and prey alongside effective anti-poaching and trade control measures, tiger numbers have recovered. The conservation challenge is to ensure that sustained measures are implemented to reverse the tiger’s current decline. WWF is working with governments, local communities and other partners at a global, regional and national level to deploy effective strategies that will secure and increase wild tiger populations. Source: WWF

  5. Erik van Erne zegt:

    22 november 2010 om 07:40 | Permalink

    Tigers could be extinct in 12 years if unprotected

    Wild tigers could become extinct in 12 years if countries where they still roam fail to take quick action to protect their habitats and step up the fight against poaching, global wildlife experts told a “tiger summit” Sunday. The World Wildlife Fund and other experts say only about 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, a dramatic plunge from an estimated 100,000 a century ago.

    James Leape, director general of the World Wildlife Fund, told the meeting in St. Petersburg that if the proper protective measures aren’t taken, tigers may disappear by 2022, the next Chinese calendar year of the tiger. Their habitat is being destroyed by forest cutting and construction, and they are a valuable trophy for poachers who want their skins and body parts prized in Chinese traditional medicine.

    The summit approved a wide-ranging program with the goal of doubling the world’s tiger population in the wild by 2022 backed by governments of the 13 countries that still have tiger populations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and Russia. Source: TOI

  6. Erik van Erne zegt:

    24 november 2010 om 08:39 | Permalink

    Powerful alliance to fight wildlife crime comes into effect at Tiger Forum

    While the majority of the discussions at the International Tiger Forum in Saint Petersburg this week are understandably on the tiger’s habitats and ecosystems, the heads of five major international agencies have met to seal a powerful alliance to fight wildlife crime effectively and discuss collective actions to stop the key drivers that are bringing the largest of the wild cats to the brink of extinction: poaching, smuggling and illegal trade.

    The Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Secretary-General of ICPO-INTERPOL, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the President of the World Bank and the Secretary-General of the World Customs Organization (WCO) have signed a Letter of Understanding that brings into effect today the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC).

    Commenting on the creation of the consortium in the UN International Year of Biodiversity, CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon said: “ICCWC sends a very clear message that a new era of wildlife law enforcement is upon us, one where wildlife criminals will face a determined and coordinated opposition, rather than the current situation where the risks of detection and of facing penalties that match their crimes are often low.”

    “Poaching and illegal trade have brought wild tigers close to the point of no return. Only if we work together, can we ensure that tigers will survive. Our children should inherit the privilege of looking at tigers in the wild and not only behind bars in a zoo. Instead, it is those criminals who poach and smuggle tigers that should be the ones behind bars,” he added.

    “The threat of wildlife and environmental crime is one which is taken very seriously by INTERPOL as demonstrated by the recent unanimous vote by our General Assembly in support of greater global policing efforts in these areas,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble. “Environmental crime is global theft and as the world’s largest police organization INTERPOL is committed, with the support of each of our 188 member countries, to build on the work already being done in protecting our planet for future generations.” Source: UNEP

  7. Erik van Erne zegt:

    12 december 2010 om 10:32 | Permalink

    Bollywoord Star Amitabh Bachchan BigB Starts Save the Tigers Auction

    Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan has decided to sell some of his personal belongings to raise funds for conservation of tiger, the numbers of which have dwindled in recent years.

    “Shall be auctioning some of my personal belongings to generate funds for this noble cause – Save the Tigers!,” tweeted Bachchan.

    He also asked people to donate for protection of big cats. Source: TOI

  8. Erik van Erne zegt:

    18 december 2010 om 18:57 | Permalink

    Adopt a Tiger WWF

  9. maria zegt:

    5 februari 2011 om 04:24 | Permalink

    Save The Tigers: WWF appeal by Bella

    Campaign to double the number of wild tigers by 2022…the next chinese year of the tiger. As told by Bella for her grade 1 school project

  10. Erik van Erne zegt:

    29 maart 2011 om 01:13 | Permalink

    India: Tiger Population Begins Slow Comeback

    India’s latest tiger census shows an increase in the numbers of the endangered big cat, but threats to their roaming territory could reverse those gains.

    India has released the figures of its latest tiger census, and it shows an increase in their numbers in the wild. The result comes as The International Tiger Conservation Conference is being held in New Delhi.

    Tigers are present in 13 countries across Asia as well as Russia’s Far East Back in the year 1900, 100,000 tigers existed in the wild. Today there are as few as 3,200 remaining, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

    India is home to more than half of the world’s wild tigers. They’ve counted more than 1,700 – that’s almost 300 more than four years ago. That’s a rise of 15 per cent.

  11. Erik van Erne zegt:

    26 april 2011 om 23:54 | Permalink

    Digital Origami: Tigers by Chris Bosse

    Barrisol is the chosen material for Chris Bosse’s latest project. Customs House will be the home for two 8mtr long by 2.5 mtr high Chinese Lanterns in the shape of a Tiger. These wire framed tigers are covered in our Barrisol “Orange Coulouma” and internally illuminated with the help from Sydney based lighting consultant “XENIAN” lighting.

  12. Erik van Erne zegt:

    23 augustus 2012 om 10:38 | Permalink

    Ensuring Tigers Live in the Wild Forever

    Some of the world’s leading tiger conservationists, scientists & experts have just gathered in Bangkok for Panthera’s 6th Annual Tigers Forever meeting to discuss the most recent findings on the state of the remaining 3,200 wild tigers & the next steps required to ensure the long term survival of the species.

    As recently as one hundred years ago, more than 100,000 wild tigers (Panthera tigris) roamed the forests and grasslands of Asia. Today, less than 3,200 tigers remain, occupying just 7% of their historic range. These remaining tiger populations are seriously under pressure due to three main threats:

    Wild tigers are directly hunted both to meet the demands of the illegal wildlife trade market, and due to human-tiger conflict, where local people take retaliatory measures to protect themselves and their livestock.

    Tiger habitat is either being destroyed due to conversion for agricultural purposes and human development, or fragmented, leaving only isolated ‘postage-stamp’ size areas that are not sufficient for the long term survival of wild tigers.

    Tiger prey, like deer and wild pigs, have been overhunted by people either for subsistence or for sale on the black market. Lack of wild prey increases the chance of tigers feeding off of livestock, which in turn fuels human-tiger conflict.

    Read more at Panthera

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