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
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 –
15-02-2010: 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.