Kathmandu, Nepal – The world’s leading tiger experts and delegates from at least 12 countries are gathering in Nepal this week to discuss the future of the world’s endangered wild tigers at the International Tiger Symposium and Global Tiger Forum. WWF and TRAFFIC scientists, policy experts and wildlife trade authorities are available to provide updates and comment on the meetings.
Issues being discussed include
- ways to reduce conflict between growing human populations and tigers across Asia
- the need for better regional cooperation to address illegal trade and habitat protection to ensure a future for tigers in the wild
- China’s consideration of re-opening tiger trade to benefit several large captive-breeding facilities that want to sell tiger parts and the consequences for tigers in the wild
International Tiger Symposium (presentations on latest tiger science, threats) April 16-18; Global Tiger Forum, April 18-20 (formal meeting of delegations from tiger range states, other nations and conservation NGOs).
WHERE: Kathmandu, Nepal
WWF experts available at the meetings for interview include
- Dr. Sybille Klenzendorf, director of WWF’s U.S. Species Program and authority on tigers
- Dr. Susan Lieberman, director of WWF’s Global Species Programme and chair of the International Tiger Symposium
- Dr. Bivash Pandav, coordinator of WWF’s international tiger programme and authority on Bengal tiger conservation
- Dr. Yuri Darman, head of WWF’s Russian Far East branch and authority on Siberian (Amur) tiger conservation
TRAFFIC experts available at the meetings for interview include
- Steven Broad, executive director of TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network
- Kristin Nowell, author of “Taming the Tiger Trade,” TRAFFIC’S March 2007 report on China’s tiger trade, and core group member, IUCN Cat Specialist Group