|India to host World Tiger Summit next year
10th August 2009
the first time, India will host World Tiger Summit next year where
wildlife experts from various countries are expected to congregate to
deliberate on conservation of diminishing striped cats in the wild.
will be hosting the World Tiger Summit at Ranthambore next year in
October or November. About 200 experts from across the countries are to
participate in the summit including those from the world renowned
organisation, Global Tiger Initiative," Environment Minister Jairam
With over 44 royal big cats in the Ranthambore
Tiger Reserve will be showcased as a role model to delegates attending
the Summit being held for the first time in the country which is home
to around 1,400 endangered species.
Ramesh, however said that
India would not accept any fund from the World Bank for the country's
tiger conservation programme. World Bank has been consistently pushing
for pumping in money in India's tiger protection programmes but NGOs
and the government have been opposing the proposal.
strongly feel that the World Bank's move to invest in tiger protection
programme is just an attempt to "meddle" with the India's green efforts
given its huge investments in several developmental projects such as
dams and industrial projects which will damage wildlife habitat.
Apparently agreeing with this view, Ramesh said the country is capable to protect the striped cats.
else but we being the holder of a large number of world's tiger
population could know the problems better. We do not intend to take any
grants or loans from them. We will, however, remain in touch with the
technical experts of other countries and will send our field directors
to these countries in case they need expertise in the area," he said.
summit is likely to seek to strengthen and expand a patchy system of
tiger reserves across the 13 countries, including India, Indonesia,
Thailand, China and Russia, that are home to the world's rapidly
diminishing tiger population.
Security and controversial issues
such as poaching and tiger-farming in China for making medicines from
the animal's bones and parts which is taking toll on the striped cats
in the wild are also likely to come up for discussion at the summit.
believe there are only about 3,500 tigers left in the wild faced with a
problem of shrinking habitats besides poaching and man-animal conflict.
Just a century ago they were thought to number 100,000.
Ramesh also said that during the summit the tiger census based on new methodology will be released.
plan a three-tier system exclusively based on scientific system to
carry on the tiger estimation work," the Union Minister added. The
latest census released last year had estimated 1,400 big cats in the