Putting an end to tiger poaching
Failure to address the poaching problem will set back efforts towards the goal of doubling wild tiger numbers by 2022. WWF is supporting anti-poaching efforts, including ranger training, in and around protected area, and awareness campaigns against the trade and consumption of tiger parts and products.
More and better boots on the ground
The most important and relatively simple step towards Zero Poaching is to increase the number of field staff working in the core areas, ensure that they are well-managed and resourced and that they are given respect and motivation to encourage them to lead at the forefront of tiger population recovery everyday.
Since December 2012, the WWF Tigers Alive Initiative has been working in partnership with governments to train rangers on law enforcement monitoring techniques and tactical protection. (See infographic for number of rangers trained, and number of protected areas and countries reached as at July 2013.) WWF also supported the establishment of the Ranger Federation of Asia (RFA), aimed at creating a community for rangers, gaining recognition for their work, and connecting with other ranger organizations.
WWF's Tiger Initiative is working with TRAFFIC to curb the trade in tiger parts and products, so that this trade is no longer a driving poaching and threatening wild tigers.
Our longer-term strategic activities include:
- Close markets for tiger parts and products both in and outside tiger range countries, focusing on trade-routes, processors, and consumers
- Close all existing tiger farms, especially in China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand
- Prevent any legal commercialization of dead tiger body parts
- Ensure all tiger range countries have fully CITES-compliant national legislation and fully implement such legislation as well as other CITES Resolutions and Decisions on tigers and Asian big cats
- Establish transboundary customs posts to foster international cooperation and liaison, focusing on the Russia/China, China/Vietnam, India/Myanmar, Bangladesh/Myanmar and India/Bangladesh borders
- Establish and coordinate intelligence networks and ensure intelligence-based law enforcement in strategic locations, including Southeast Asia (particularly Malaysia and Thailand), Sumatran landscapes, and the Greater Mekong Landscape (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam)
- Develop the first phase of a Global Tiger Trade Information System for overall enhanced enforcement effectiveness through better trade-route hotspot detection.