Stock Taking Conference on Tiger Conservation
The third Stock Taking Conference on Tiger Conservation is being held at New Delhi. In the conference, wide-ranging discussions shall be held on the status of the Global Tiger Recovery Program (GTRP) by all tiger range countries besides deliberations on combating wildlife trafficking.
This conference is organised by the Global Tiger Forum which is an implementing arm of the Global Tiger Initiative Council (GTIC), in collaboration with the National Tiger Conservation Authority (Government of India), WWF, Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI).
Global Tiger Recovery Program
The Global Tiger Recovery Program seeks to empower Tiger Range Countries (TRCs) to address the entire spectrum of threats, domestic as well as those that are transboundary in nature, and work toward increased financial sustainability through the integration of conservation objectives into development.
To address the crisis haunting the Tiger Survival especially the Asian biodiversity crisis, the TRCs, international organizations, and civil society have come together on a collaborative platform within the framework of the Global Tiger Initiative (GTI) at St. Petersburg, Russia.
Through the GTI, a GTRP has been developed with the shared goal of doubling the number of wild tigers globally by 2022 for:
- To effectively manage, preserve, protect, and enhance tiger habitats.
- To eradicate poaching, smuggling, and illegal trade of tigers, their parts, and derivatives.
- To cooperate in transboundary landscape management and in combating illegal trade.
- To engage with indigenous and local communities.
- To increase the effectiveness of tiger and habitat management.
- Restore tigers to their former range.
This is the second stock-taking conference to be held in India. India will also hold a meeting with its neighbouring tiger range countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan & Nepal to discuss a sub-continent level tiger estimation report as a follow-up of deliberations held earlier on the sidelines of the conference.