One year after the historic tiger summit set a goal to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022, WWF is calling for intensified efforts to end tiger poaching.
The illegal tiger trade is the most immediate cause of the wild tiger’s dangerous decline. Poaching is also the greatest barrier to long-term goals for the survival of the species. WWF asks for concrete action to strengthen the capacity of the rangers, officials and local communities that put their lives on the line every day to protect tigers.
While setting a mark for a zero poaching future is the most immediate priority, significant progress has been made since the tiger summit:
- WWF and its partners improved ranger patrols through the development of monitoring systems to equip law enforcement agencies across Asia.
- INTERPOL formed Project Predator, a consortium of USAID, the UK Government (Defra), the Smithsonian Institute, the World Bank, and governments uniting police, customs and wildlife officials to stop tiger poaching and trafficking.
- WWF and TRAFFIC brought together some of the best creative minds to chart out a plan to tackle the rising demand for tiger parts and products in Asia.
WWF’s fight for the tiger continues within U.S. borders as well. WWF called for ban on pet tigers and worked on the creation of US Postal Service’s new Save Vanishing Species campaign. WWF also asked major corporations to reduce their impact on tiger habitats. This effort is bolstered by an important study that found wild tiger numbers could triple if large-scale landscapes are protected.
“The tiger summit was a pivotal moment in tiger conservation and while the range states are already making strides in the right direction, there is much to be done,” says Dr. Barney Long, Manager of WWF’s Tiger Program. “Poaching poses the most immediate threat to the progress made. It’s vital that we combine forces to stop illegal tiger trade from emptying Asia’s forests of this much-loved species.”