10 years on from the St Petersburg declaration
Nearly a decade since the governments of 13 tiger home range countries came together to double the global tiger population by 2022, their goal seems nowhere in sight. In the 2010 St. Petersburg Declaration, the countries agreed to a Global Tiger Recovery Program. However, as the discussions at the 3rd Stocktaking Conference on the Global Tiger Recovery Program held in New Delhi from January 28 to January 29 showed, the world is far away from doubling its tiger population. In fact, over one-third of tiger conservation sites in the world are severely at risk of losing their wild tigers — the majority of which are in Southeast Asia. Many of these areas lack basic plans for effective management, with over 60 per cent of the sites facing several limitations in anti-poaching, according to the Conservation Assured Tiger Standards (CATS) survey of tiger sites done in 2018.
"The governments in Southeast Asia now face an urgent need to step up their commitment to protect their remaining wild tiger populations. Countries like India, Nepal and Russia have shown that tiger recovery is possible, despite challenges in poaching, funding and sustaining community livelihoods, which can be overcome with strong political commitment,” said Joseph Vattakaven, who participated in the stocktaking conference as the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) global lead on tiger recovery. Malaysia reported a significant drop from earlier national estimates of around 250–340. More on this disappointing trend can be seen by following the link below.