8 November 2022 5:00pm - 6:30pm
From an estimated population of 100,000 individuals at the beginning of the 20th century, wild tiger numbers plummeted to as few as 3,200 by 2010, occupying just 7% of their original range.
The severity of this collapse prompted collaboration from the 13 tiger range countries, funding agencies, NGOs, the conservation community, and the World Bank to form the Global Tiger Initiative (GTI). During the Year of the Tiger in 2010, members of the GTI convened at the International Tiger Forum in Russia to adopt the St. Petersburg Declaration of Tiger Conservation implemented through the Global Tiger Recovery program (GTRP). This was one of the greatest examples of political will ever be mustered for the protection of a single species, as well as a clear turning point in the history of tiger conservation. The overarching goal was to double the number of wild tigers across their geographical range by the Year of the Tiger in 2022, and ultimately prevent the imminent extinction of tigers and destruction of their remaining habitats.
In September this year, the 2nd International Tiger Forum assembled world leaders, intergovernmental bodies, NGOs, and conservation experts to determine the next phase of the GTRP and establish the Vladavostock Declaration of Tiger Conservation.
This event will bring together experts from across the tiger range countries to discuss the impact of the decisions made during this forum, and the need to address human-tiger coexistence, wildlife crime, and habitat protection to secure the future of this iconic species.
- Keshav Varma, Program Director, Global Tiger Initiative: "An overview of the Global Tiger Recovery Program (2022-2034)"
- Dr Bhagawan Raj Dahal, Deputy Country Manager, and Dr Hem Sagar Baral, Country Director, ZSL Nepal Office, ZSL (Please note: Dr Bhagawan Raj Dahal will be presenting): "Conserving tigers in Nepal's Terai Arc landscape"
- Nathan Roberts, Postgraduate Researcher and Professor Guangshun Jiang, Executive Director, Feline Research Center of National Forestry and Grassland Administration, Northeast Forestry University (Please note: Nathan Roberts will be presenting): "Assessing tiger and prey populations at landscape scale"
- Debbie Banks, Campaign Leader, Tigers & Wildlife Crime, Environmental Investigation Agency: "Ending tiger farming and trade"
- This event was chaired by Amy van Gelder, WildCats Conservation Alliance and ZSL.
- Find out more about the speakers and their talks in the Agenda and Abstract book.
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