From 21 to 24 November 2010, leaders of the thirteen countries that still had wild tiger populations gathered for the Global Tiger Summit in Saint Petersburg. The objective was to double the population, which was then estimated at 3200 individuals.
The event welcomed Russia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia and was the first summit of this scale in the world to be devoted to the safeguarding of an endangered species. Many international institutions were also present, such as the United Nations Organisation and the Global Environment Facility, as well as other nations including Germany, Japan and Korea.
Following the summit, the international programme for the protection of tigers (Global Tiger Recovery Program) was put in place, with the objective of reaching a population of 6400 wild tigers by 2022. With an allocated budget of 350 million dollars over five years, the plan aimed to increase anti-poaching efforts whilst working to preserve the habitat of this feline and to strengthen the institutions already in place.
Nonetheless, tigers are in danger of extinction. Their population decreased from 100,000 individuals a century ago, to 3200 in 2010. Today, the number of these big cats living in the wild is estimated at no more than 4000. They are still endangered, mainly due to poaching, the demand for tiger parts in Chinese traditional medicine, loss of habitat and a lack of prey.
In Nepal, in India, in Bangladesh and in Vietnam, our actions aim to protect the tiger, its habitat and its prey. Your donations would enable us to do much more for this emblematic species, which is at risk of disappearing entirely. Thank you in advance.