Bhutan Tigers Focus of Conservation Efforts

Bhutan tigers have recently been photographed, and Nepal now needs at least US$ 42.7 million from the international community and conservation partners to carry out conservation programmes to meet the global tiger recovery goal and double the wild population of tigers, a meeting was told here on Friday. As part of celebrations for the International Tiger Year 2010, all 13 tiger range countries have agreed to double the big cats' population by 2022. It is estimated that there are around 3,500 tigers in the wild worldwide, while Nepal is home to around 155 adult ones.Gopal Prasad Upadhyay, director general of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), said Nepal has taken a leadership towards achieving the global tiger recovery goal.A consultation meeting was held here on Friday to discuss the St. Petersburg Declaration on Tiger Conservation to be presented in the Global Tiger Forum (GTF) being held in St. Petersburg, Russia, from November 21-November 24.The GTF will be attended by heads of governments of 13 tiger range countries namely, Nepal, China, India, Myanmmar, Indonesia, Cambodia, Bhutan, Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Laos, Russia and Vietnam.According to officials, the government of Nepal is committed to work for the habitat management and control of poaching activities in the country to protect the endangered animals.Last year, during the Kathmandu Global Tiger Workshop, Nepal had pledged various efforts in tiger conservation, including improvement and increase in tiger habitat, control of illegal wildlife trade with commitment from authorities, applying a new, effective approach to control poaching and applying latest and innovative science in tiger conservation.

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