WWF welcomes 20m Euro tiger conservation fund
WWF welcomes the establishment of a 20m Euro fund by the German Development Bank KfW to support tiger conservation, protection of tiger landscapes and to benefit the local people living in tiger range areas.
The Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme, to be administered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), will make at least 20 m Euros available over the next five years. The fund originates from the German governments participation in the 2010 Tiger Summit in St Petersburg, Russia and the continuing governmental process since that landmark event.
‘The fund will provide essential resources for the protection and recovery of the last remaining critical tiger populations,’ said Eberhard Brandes, CEO, WWF Germany.
‘The funds are very timely’ said Mike Baltzer, Leader of WWF Tigers Alive Initiative. ‘Poaching is the most immediate threat to wild tigers and this fund will be used to improve the management and protection of key tiger sites and landscapes whilst supporting the improvement of local livelihoods - both essential if we are to achieve the Tx2 goal to double the number of wild tigers.’
The fund will be made available for the following tiger range countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal and Viet Nam.
Further details about the programme and fund are provided by IUCN and KfW:
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