APRES ST PETERSBOURG, NOVEMBRE 2010
Un Sommet international sur le tigre, après celui de 2010 à St Petersbourg et avant celui de 2022, se tiendra en Inde du 12 au 14 Avril prochain. Times of India, hier. Vishwa Mohan. India to host a mega conference to brainstrorm on tiger conservation.
India, home to nearly 70% of the world's tiger population, will host the next Asia Ministerial Conference on tiger conservation. The three-day conference will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on April 12.
All tiger range countries (TRCs) will participate in the conference where their representatives would share their good practices and success stories towards conserving tigers. The gathering is expected to bring desired will and momentum for tiger conservation at global level.
According to the 2014 tiger census, India has 2,226 tigers with the three southern states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala of the Western Ghats landscape recording nearly one-third of the country's total number of big cats.
Final schedule of holding the 3rd Asia Ministerial Conference was decided on Monday in a meeting which was attended here by representatives of five TRCs - India, Bhutan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Russia.
During the meeting, chaired by the India's environment and forest minister Prakash Javadekar, the participants highlighted how poaching is the biggest threat to tigers across all the 13 TRCs. They noted that the existing market, backed by huge demand for tiger body parts and derivatives in different countries, is the main reason of poaching and therefore there is a need for sustained effort from all Tiger Range Countries and other partners outside the government system to conserve the big cats.
India has, however, over the years recorded increase in its tiger population. If one compares the year 2006 figure, the overall increase across the country has been phenomenal with recording rise of over 800 tigers in the past eight years. The country had 1,411 tigers in 2006 which was increased to 1,706 in 2010 and 2,226 in 2014.
State-wise, Karnatakas has the highest number of tigers (406) followed by 340 in Uttarakhand, 308 in Madhya Pradesh, 229 in Tamil Nadu, 190 in Maharashtra, 167 in Assam, 136 in Kerala and 117 in Uttar Pradesh.
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