We are excited to announce that on March 22, 2016, the Royal Government of Cambodia passed the Cambodia Tiger Action Plan (CTAP), a landmark commitment to reintroduce tigers back into Cambodia. Tigers have not been seen in Cambodia since 2007 and in an effort to revive the population, the government has approved a reintroduction plan. This plan is part of the Tx2 global initiative to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 – the Year of the Tiger.
In a joint press conference held on April 6, 2016, WWF and Wildlife Alliance announced the plan to implement the world’s first transnational tiger reintroduction plan in Cambodia. Featured in The Guardian and San Francisco Chronicle, this comprehensive plan will include increased law enforcement efforts to ensure suitable habitat is preserved and a sufficient prey base exists.
On April 12-14, Wildlife Alliance also attended the 3rd Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation in New Delhi, an important opportunity for the 13 tiger range countries to discuss goals. In his inaugural address, Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, stressed that “by protecting the tiger, we protect the entire ecosystem and the ecological services, which are equally crucial for the well-being of human beings.” Founder and CEO, Suwanna Gauntlett along with a representative from WWF-Cambodia presented a lecture on the “Global Overview of Tiger Re-introduction Efforts & Opportunities from Priority Tiger Landscapes.”
In Cambodia, Wildlife Alliance protects key tiger habitat in the Southern Cardamom Mountain Range – one of the last unfragmented rainforests in Southeast Asia. We work with the government and local communities to create strategic protection plans, conduct zoning and demarcation, provide critical conservation education and help communities develop family enterprises and associations that incentivize and promote forest and wildlife protection. Help us continue to protect this critical tiger habitat this Earth Day by making a gift.