April 12-14, New Delhi: The 3rd Asian Ministerial Conference on tiger conservation is underway in New Delhi. Hosted by Government of India (GoI) and co-organised by the Global Tiger Forum (GTF) and the Global Tiger Initiative Council (GTIC), the conference is convened at a time when Global Media reports the first increase of global wild tigers by 20% from the 2010 baseline of 3200 tigers. Today, the population of global wild tiger is estimated at 3890.
The conference was inaugurated by His Excellency, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. The Prime Minister emphasised the need for collective efforts among the Tiger Range Countries (TRC’s).
The team from Bhutan is led by His Excellency, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, the Minister for Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, who also chairs the GTF. In his statement, Lyonpo thanked the GoI for organising this 3rd Asia Ministerial Conference on tiger conservation, which is being held on His Excellency’s special request to the Indian Minister for Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar.
Lyonpo informed the conference that Bhutan has 103 tigers as per the recently completed national tiger survey. He also mentioned about the significance of Bhutan’s protected areas and biological corridors which cover over 50% of the country’s area and emphasised the role of visionary policies promoted by Bhutan’s beloved monarchs. Bhutan’s tiger conservation effort will be further enhanced by the establishment of the National Tiger Research Centre in the Royal Manas National Park.
The conference will see representatives from TRC’s share their milestones, challenges and future commitments towards the common goal of doubling tiger numbers by 2022 throughout the TCR’s. The conference attended by delegates from all 13 TRC’s will conclude with the adoption of a Delhi Declaration which will further strengthen the earlier declarations and commitments on tiger conservation.
Submitted by Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park
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