A landmark tiger conservation summit held in St. Petersburg, Russia, has now come to an end with world leaders and countries endorsing the Global Tiger Recovery Programme – a major plan aiming to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022 – capping a year-long political process.
A major step towards securing the future of this charismatic mammal, a total of $127 million of new funding has been pledged by tiger range countries, as well as $12 million from the Global Environment Facility for tiger projects that benefit biodiversity and reductions in carbon emissions and a $100 million loan from the World Bank for tiger conservation work.
Some of the new funding commitments include $9.2 million from the United States to combat illegal poaching and trafficking and $17.2 million from Germany for tiger landscape conservation.
In addition, WWF have also committed $50 million over the next five years to tiger conservation work, with this sum possibly rising to $85 million, while Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) will spend $50 million over the next 10 years. Celebrated actor Leonardo DiCaprio even donated $1 million to support WWF’s tiger conservation work across their twelve priority landscapes.
The 12-year plan is expected to cost a further $350 million though, with the international community asked to fill this funding gap. Most urgently, $35 million is needed to secure the 42 key tiger sites as identified by the recent WCS Report.
With tiger numbers dwindling in the wild, let’s hope that this summit has given this iconic species new hope.
If you would like to read WWF’s press release, please visit http://wwf.panda.org/?197152/World-leaders-back-tiger-summit-rhetoric-with-recovery-plan-seed-money
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Alex Royan, ARKive Species Text Author