There are as few as 3200 tigers left in the wild. Leading up to 2010, the last Chinese Year of the Tiger, WWF, the Global Tiger Initiative (GTI) and other partners’ mobilized high-level political support for tiger conservation which resulted in the St Petersburg, Tiger Summit. The Summit was the first of its kind aimed at saving a single species.
Prime ministers and environmental ministers from the 13 tiger range countries attended along with experts from the world’s foremost wildlife conservation organizations.
The outcome of the Tiger Summit was a commitment to TX2; to double the number of wild tigers by the next Year of the Tiger in 2022 and the Global Tiger Recovery Plan which outlines how each country contributes to this global goal. WWF Tigers Alive Initiative is playing a key role in driving TX2 forwards by working with the tiger range country governments to ensure the commitments made in 2010 are kept.
Working with the GTI, WWF ensures political momentum is maintained through high-level ministerial meetings: the 1st Stocktaking Meeting in May 2012, the 2nd Asian Ministerial Conference in October 2012, and the Kunming meeting on illegal wildlife trade in August 2013.
Here governments report back on the progress they have made to date and define their next steps. The next meeting is planned for later this year.