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Tiger res­o­lu­tion sets new par­a­digm for conservation

pub­lished 16 April 2016 | mod­i­fied 16 April 2016

TX2 souvik kunduThe 3rd Asia Min­is­te­r­ial Con­fer­ence on Tiger Con­ser­va­tion con­cluded today with tiger coun­tries adopt­ing the New Delhi Res­o­lu­tion on Tiger Con­ser­va­tion. The Res­o­lu­tion aligns tiger con­ser­va­tion and eco­nomic devel­op­ment, inspired by the inau­gural speech of the Indian Prime Min­is­ter, Naren­dra Modi, who spoke of the need to see tiger land­scapes as “nat­ural capital”.

Guided by the Hon­ourable Prime Minister’s speech, this res­o­lu­tion is a pos­i­tive game changer for con­ser­va­tion,” said Mr. Ravi Singh, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral and CEO, WWF-​India. “Fram­ing devel­op­ment poli­cies and pro­grammes with a con­ser­va­tion lens can lead to a win-​win sit­u­a­tion for tigers and people.”

The 13 tiger range coun­tries com­mit­ted to:

Accel­er­ate imple­men­ta­tion of the Global and National Tiger Recov­ery Pro­grammes
Align eco­nomic devel­op­ment and tiger con­ser­va­tion
Lever­age global and national fund­ing and tech­ni­cal sup­port
Recog­nise the value of tiger habi­tats for ecosys­tem ser­vices and cli­mate change
Empha­sise recov­ery of tiger pop­u­la­tions in areas with low tiger den­si­ties
Strengthen co-​operation at the high­est lev­els of gov­ern­ment
Increase knowl­edge shar­ing and use of tech­nol­ogy includ­ing smart tools

I am happy with the com­mit­ment shown by the 13 tiger range coun­tries,” said Dr. Rajesh Gopal, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Global Tiger Forum. “We look for­ward to work­ing together in the new par­a­digm to dou­ble wild tiger num­bers with renewed energy and resources.”

The Min­is­ter for Envi­ron­ment, For­est & Cli­mate Change for India, Mr. Prakash Javadekar, presided over the clos­ing cer­e­mony and spoke of the need for sus­tained efforts and mutual coop­er­a­tion amongst tiger range countries.

The Res­o­lu­tion, which sets the path­way for the next six years of the Tx2 goal to dou­ble wild tiger num­bers by 2022, builds on the for­mer com­mit­ments of tiger range coun­tries in Hua Hin, St. Peters­burg, Thim­phu and Dhaka. It also recog­nises the Global Tiger Forum and the Global Tiger Ini­tia­tive Coun­cil as the coor­di­nat­ing bod­ies for the Tx2 goal over the next six years, for­mally tak­ing over from the role pre­vi­ously held by the Global Tiger Initiative.

The Con­fer­ence opened with news that global wild tiger num­bers have increased for the first time from 3,200 in 2010 to 3,890. This updated min­i­mum fig­ure, com­piled from IUCN data and the lat­est national tiger sur­veys, can be attrib­uted to mul­ti­ple fac­tors includ­ing increases in tiger pop­u­la­tions in India, Rus­sia, Nepal and Bhutan, improved sur­veys and enhanced protection.

The National Tiger Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity hosted this con­fer­ence on behalf of the Gov­ern­ment of India, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Global Tiger Forum, WWF and other partners.

(Source: WWF US press release, 14.04.2016)

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