13 NATIONS SIGN DECLARATION TO SAVE TIGERS IN THE WILD

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13 NATIONS SIGN DECLARATION TO SAVE TIGERS IN THE WILD

 user 2010-11-24 at 8:48:01 am Views: 379
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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eu_russia_saving_tigers

    13 NATIONS SIGN DECLARATION TO SAVE TIGERS IN THE WILD 
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    PETERSBURG, Russia – Officials from the 13 countries where tigers live
    in the wild have signed a declaration Tuesday aimed at saving the iconic
    big cats from extinction.The new accord stipulates that the nations
    will strive to double the tiger population by 2022, crack down on
    poaching and illicit trade in tiger pelts and body parts.Tigers once
    roamed most of Eurasia from the Tigris River to Siberia and Indonesia.
    But in the past century, the number of countries that are home to tigers
    has dropped to 13 from 25, while three of the nine tiger subspecies
    have become extinct. Experts say there are now only about 3,200 tigers
    left in the wild.The nations — most of which are in Southeast Asia —
    agreed to preserve and enhance tigers’ habitats and involve local
    communities in their conservation efforts.”The goal is difficult, but
    achievable,” Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told the participants
    of the “Tiger Summit” in St. Petersburg.Russia’s Far East is home to
    Siberian tigers, the largest tiger subspecies. Putin has bolstered his
    image by posing with a cuddly cub and placing a tracking collar on a
    full-grown female.

    The number of tigers worldwide has plunged
    some 95 percent over the past century. The Global Tiger Recovery Program
    estimates the 13 nations countries will need about $350 million in
    outside funding in the first five years of the 12-year plan.Many of the
    countries with tigers, such as Laos, Bangladesh and Nepal, are
    impoverished, and saving tigers may depend on sizable donations from the
    West. The nations will be seeking donor commitments to help finance
    conservation measures, the agreement said.”It is difficult to solve the
    problems of wildlife conservation in these countries,” Putin said.He
    said Russia could help revive tiger populations in neighboring countries
    such as Iran and Kazakhstan.

    Russia was the only nation where
    the number of tigers has increased in recent decades — from several
    dozens in 1947 to some 500 now. Putin said.Russian wildlife experts say,
    however, that Siberian tigers are still endangered. Their pelts, bones
    and meat are prized in traditional Chinese medicine, and some 100 of
    them are killed annually to be smuggled to China, a senior inspector
    from a natural preserve in the Primorsky region said.Rampant
    deforestation of cedars contributes to massive migration of animals and
    forces tigers to forage villages and farms, where they often get killed,
    Anatoly Belov said.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eu_russia_saving_tigers