Delegates from 13 countries are meeting in Bali, Indonesia from 12-14 July at the Pre-Tiger Summit Partners’ Dialogue to discuss plans to prevent tiger extinction. The meeting, sponsored by the World Bank's Global Tiger Initiatives program, is attended by senior officials from countries which still have wild tiger population, namely India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, China, Russia, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, as well as non-governmental organizations. The meeting will serve as a preparatory meeting for the upcoming Tiger Summit for Heads of Governments in St. Petersburg, Russia, in September.
In his opening remark on July 12, Indonesia Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan highlighted that now is the critical time to act against tiger extinction. Global tiger population is currently estimated at 3,200, an all-time low record, with only six sub-species remaining out of nine. More rigorous law enforcement is required from all countries to put an end to massive habitat destruction and illegal trading, the main threats to tiger population in the wild.
Global plan to rescue tigers being formulated [The Jakarta Post, 12 July 2010]
Countries Meet In Effort to Tackle Illegal Tiger Trade [Jakarta Globe, 12 July 2010]