Reports and Presentations from the New Delhi 1st Stocktaking Meeting
Overheard at the Stocktaking Meeting in New Delhi
“This gathering of tiger range states shows that the momentum to save tigers is indeed building, but the pressure on the species continues.”
Ravi Singh, Secretary-General and CEO, WWF- India
“Tiger range countries and partners are making real progress in bringing wild tigers back from the brink of extinction.”
Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group
“The integrity of tiger conservation landscapes is paramount: Unplanned and poorly coordinated development is tying a noose around tiger habitats, compromising the integrity and quality of wilderness.”
Keshav Varma, Program Director, Global Tiger Initiative
New Delhi hosted a major meeting of minds in May 2012 to fully consider how well the tiger range countries and international partners were fulfilling the ambitious commitments endorsed at St. Petersburg in 2010. The proceedings suggested measured but uneven progress across the tiger range.
The host country India made clear its commitment to the cause and showcased in great detail the efforts taking place on multiple fronts. On habitat, law enforcement monitoring, electronic surveillance, and community engagement, India continued to demonstrate its importance to the success of the GTRP.
All 12 other TRCs also reported on their progress in New Delhi. The country-owned and country-driven nature of the Global Tiger Initiative has made it customary to hear from all countries in detail at these conferences. Partners also briefed the audience with updates from the field.
The meetings were not only concerned with looking back. Champions and partners of tiger conservation attempted to map the next phase of the implementing the global strategy.
Presentations and reports from each day of the Stocktaking are available below.
Major highlights of Implementation so far:
• Conservation practitioners and policymakers with direct responsibility for professional management of priority protected areas and parks in each of the 13 tiger range countries have participated in the Regional Smart Patrol Trainings and Cross-Sector Executive Leadership Forum through the GTI-Smithsonian partnership;
• Transboundary agreements covering major border areas across the tiger range landscapes have been formalized through MOUs to improve collaboration and information exchange on wildlife crime control;
• New mechanisms are rapidly emerging in key TRCs to bring landscape connectivity and integrity of wildlife corridors under principles of Smart Green Infrastructure into national planning processes; and
• Significant new funding from multilateral development institutions including the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility, and countries has materialized to fund the Global Tiger Recovery Priority portfolio.
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