Tiger Conservation Landscape Data and Report
September 10, 2013
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A world without tigers is hard to imagine, but red flags are being hoisted across the tiger’s range. In Indochina, widespread poaching of tigers and wildlife continues to create empty forests, and the development of the proposed transnational economic corridors in the region will further fragment Indochina’s remaining forests and create dispersal barriers. In Sumatra and Malaysia, vast oil palm and acacia plantations are predicted to result in complete conversion of some of the richest lowland rain forests on Earth, habitats that were populated by tigers only a few years ago. The increasing demand for tiger parts for folk medicines in China and Southeast Asia and for costume adornment among Tibet’s growing middle-class has intensified threats to tigers across the range.
But large mammals, including tigers, have coexisted for centuries with dense human populations. The release of the 1997 Tiger Conservation Unit Analysis identified where tigers can live in the future. During the decade since, experiences from implementing field conservation projects have confirmed that the future of wildlife conservation in Asia depends on judicious land use planning—zoning—of human use areas, core wildlife habitat, buffer zones, and corridors in large conservation landscapes to restore the harmony that once existed in the wild land-village interface of rural Asia.
Learn more about the analysis and results
- The User's Guide that highlights the remaining tiger lands—the large landscapes of habitat, often anchored by protected areas that are global priorities for conservation.
- The Technical Assessment: Setting Priorities for the Conservation and Recovery of Wild Tigers: 2005-2015
- The fate of wild tigers. BioScience, Dinerstein, E., Loucks, C.J., Wikramanayake, E., Ginsberg, J., Sanderson, E., Seidensticker, J., Forrest, J.L., Bryja, G., Heydlauff, A., Klenzendorf, S., Mills, J, O'Brien, T., Shrestha, M, Simons, R., Songer, M. 2007.