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Renewed and Revived GTI Website Coming in June!
We are excited to announce the launch of the new and improved Global Tiger Initiative web. With new functionality and content, we hope to better serve our partners and stakeholders in the tiger range countries and conservation community with a faster and more relevant site. Check back in June for the new face of GTI and dig deeper into the thematic areas of our conservation activities, search publications, and participate in our blog and social media discussions.
The U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Convention of the Parties was held in Bangkok in March to review the ever-changing, often contentious international priorities to regulate trade of wildlife and plants, as well as determine the status of protection efforts for individual species. Elephants, rhinos, polar bear, sharks, and big cats were high on the agenda this year, and new controls on the escalating ivory trade were approved.
Bangkok is the setting for CITES (Convention on Trade in Endangered Species) CoP 16 meetings which get under way this week, drawing delegates from 177 countries to consider trade protection for the world’s endangered species.
In addition to participating at CITES, delegates from the tiger range countries and Global Tiger Initiative will also be on hand for an assembly of key engagements on conservation of Big Cats.
Demand for illegal wildlife products fuels a growing global trade in tiger parts, rhino horn, elephants, and numerous other endangered species. On December 4, the Global Tiger Initiative and its partners join organizations and individuals around the world to celebrate Wildlife Conservation Day, and take the Wildlife Pledge to Respect and Protect Wildlife, committing ourselves to the elimination of wildlife crime. Take the Pledge today!
Wildlife crime is global and requires united action by governments, civil society, and individuals. We congratulate the U.S. State Department and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for raising the campaign against wildlife crime to a new level.
See Secretary Clinton’s statement on wildlife crime here.
The Royal Government of Bhutan is hosting the 2nd Asian Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation in late October in the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. Ministers from the 13 tiger range countries, who collectively endorsed the St. Petersburg Declaration on Tiger Conservation and Global Tiger Recovery Program (GTRP) in 2010 in Russia, will discuss key achievements in implementing the 12-year strategy and also issue guidance on continuing momentum and ensure continued high-level political support.
The World Bank Institute and Global Tiger Initiative hosted green economy expert Pavan Sukhdev for a panel discussion about the future of green business on the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday in Washington.
In the News
January-February issue of STRIPES
National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) published STRIPES.
Save Our Mascot: Students from across the country are joining Clemson students in the fight to save wild tigers.
Students will come together for the first tiger summit from April 19 to 21.
Don’t blame the tiger
Don’t blame the tiger for sucking up conservation dollars, says Ramki Sreenivasan.
On patrol with rangers protecting tigers in Thailand
A short BBC video footage from Huay Kha Khaeng rangers in Thailand on their SMART patrol and tiger conservation efforts.
FREELAND and Environmental Investigation Agency hold press conference at CITES on Demand for Endangered Species, including big cats
Joint Press Conference – CITES CoP16, March 14, 2013.
Rhino horn and tiger blood: conservation in the Mekong
The Mekong is a frontier, a place where biological riches collide with human pressure.
World Bank urges action against tiger poaching
The World Bank is pressing Thailand to tighten its control over illegal poaching and trading in wildlife.
Customs, Police, and Wildlife protection officers work together on “Operation Cobra”
Asia and Africa join hands to crack down on wildlife crime syndicates.
In Bhutan, Conserving the Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Bhutan attaches to conserving its natural environment and biodiversity.