Ministerial Conference Calls for Intensified Implementation of Global Tiger Recovery Program
23 October 2012: The Second Asian Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation brought together ministers and representatives of 13 tiger range countries to review achievements since the 2010 Tiger summit, and to reaffirm their commitment to doubling the tiger population by the next Year of Tiger in 2022. The Conference was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests of Bhutan, in coordination with the World Bank's Global Tiger Initiative (GTI).
Representatives from tiger range countries adopted the Thimpu Affirmative Nine-Point Action Agenda on Tiger Conservation, in which they recognize progress made in the tiger range countries, but agree on the need to intensify implementation of the Global Tiger Recovery Program, including through support for resources and capacity to fight tiger poaching. So far, in advancing the Plan's implementation, tiger range countries have taken policy and institutional action and donors have provided funding.
Gustavo Fonseca, Global Environment Facility (GEF), noted GEF's contribution to projects on the tiger and its habitat conservation, highlighting that 14 conservation projects in ten tiger range countries have been approved. Pema Gyamtsho, Bhutan's Minister of Agriculture and Forest, stressed that support from the GEF and others is critical to demonstrating innovative approaches to providing incentives to the communities for conservation of habitat and the animals.