WWF Tiger Action Plan

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Asia/Pacific > Southeast Asia > Vietnam
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Asia/Pacific > Southern Asia > India
Asia/Pacific > Southern Asia > Nepal

Summary

Drawing upon 4 decades of tiger conservation work with partners around the globe, WWF has developed a new and far-reaching strategy for tiger conservation based on landscape approach. WWF has chosen 7 focal landscapes, where the chances of long-term tiger conservation are best and its involvement will be most valuable. These landscapes were selected at the WWF Tiger Conservation Strategy Workshop (September 2000, Anyer, Indonesia) using a number of prioritization criteria developed with the counsel of some of the most respected tiger experts from outside WWF. The selected focal landscapes are: 1) Russian Far East (Russia) 2) Terai Arc (India, Nepal) 3) Satpuda-Maikal Range (India) 4) Sundarbans (Bangladesh, India) 5) Lower Mekong Forests (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam) 6) Taman Negara-Belum-Halabala (Malaysia, Thailand) 7) Kerinci Seblat/ Bukit Barisan Selatan (Indonesia). In addition, the action plan will focus on the cross-cutting issue of international trade in tiger parts and products.

Objectives

The WWF Tiger Action Plan (TAP) is aligned behind and based on the following vision, goals and targets.

Vision

A world in which tigers thrive in natural habitats across their range and benefit humanity as a result.

Long-term goal

Conserve viable populations of tigers and their prey, across their entire range, in large, well managed networks of protected areas, buffer zones and connecting tiger-friendly landscapes.

Goal (to the year 2010)

Improve the protection and management of key tiger populations and their habitats in top priority conservation landscapes, through measures that can be sustained and supported over the long term by governments, local communities and other stakeholders.

Targets (by the year 2010)

In support of WWF's programme goal, 2 programme-wide targets have been developed. The first target focuses on the conservation of tigers, their prey and their critical habitats in a small number of high priority, focal landscapes selected from across the tiger's range. The main indicator of success (conservation impact) will be the presence, in each landscape, of at least 100 contiguously distributed breeding female tigers. The second target focuses on the highly significant and global threat posed to tigers by the ongoing international and domestic trade in tiger parts and products. Indicators of success will be developed on the basis of baselines established from existing and ongoing research in cooperation with the TRAFFIC network and its partners.

Target 1

Establish well-managed networks of core protected areas and connecting tiger-friendly buffer zones and corridors in the focal tiger conservation landscapes selected from across the tiger's range.

Target 2

Reduce (with a view to its elimination) the trade in tiger parts and products to a level which no longer threatens the survival of tigers in the wild.