Nepal has pledged to double the number of tigers by the next year of the Tiger in 2022.
Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation Deepak Bohora made this strong commitment while speaking on the first day of the International Tiger Conservation that began Sunday in St. Petersburg in the leadership of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Minister Bohara stressed that Nepal has been successful to accomplish most of the commitments that Nepal made at the Kathmandu Global Tiger Workshop 2009 in the context of the Global Tiger Initiative mission and the goal of doubling tiger population.
The 2010 is the Year of the Tiger and about 3,600 of the majestic predators remain in the wild, their existence threatened by habitat-loss and poaching.
The International Forum has brought together the leaders of 13 Tiger Range Countries to discuss what could be the best and last chance to save the wild tiger. The summit featured high level officials and tiger experts from every major tiger country and conservation institutions, a first in the history of tiger conservation.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal together with Prime Minister Valdimier Putin will be joined in St. Petersburg on 23 November by the leaders of the last remaining countries where tigers exist in the wild – Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam.
It is not often that heads of government do get involved to this degree in conservation of a single species. At present, there are wild tiger populations in Bangladesh-440, Bhutan 75, Cambodia 20, China 45, India 1,411, Indonesia 325, Laos 17, Malaysia 500, Myanmar 85, Nepal 155, Russia 400, Thailand 200 and Vietnam 10.
According to a statement issued by Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, Nepal established new tiger reserve in Banke National Park, established National Tiger Conservation Committee under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister and recently formed the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau in order to control wildlife poaching and trade.
“These are expressions of some of the highest political level commitments of Nepal to conserve tiger,” read the statement issued today.
Also, the International Forum today unanimously endorsed the Global Tiger Recovery Plan (GTRP).
Over 300 participants representing Tiger Range Countries and other tiger conservation partners met to finalise the strategy to double tiger population by 2022. A high level delegate from Nepal led by Minister Deepak Bohara is participating in the meeting. Krishna Prasad Acharya, Joint Secretary, MoFSC, Gopal Prasad Upadhyay, Director General, Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation and Anil Manandhar, Country Director, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) were among the team members of the Nepal delegate.