A new tiger survey titled, “Safe Havens for Wild Tigers: A Rapid Assessment of Management Effectiveness against Conservation Assured Tiger Standards” was released prior to, and in conjunction with, World Wildlife Day 2018.
In the survey, the authors say that at least one-third of tiger conservation areas are at risk of losing some of their tiger population, and that there is a need for better management and additional funds for these protected areas.
The survey was sponsored by 11 leading conservation organizations, and tiger range governments that are part of the CA|TS Partnership (Conservation Assured Tiger Standards).
According to the authors, the survey is the largest ever assessment of tiger conservation areas and includes those areas that are home to 70 percent of the world’s wild tigers. However, it also reports that only 13 per cent of those areas were found to meet global standards of tiger conservation.
Experts say this could hamper the ongoing to save tigers in the wild.
Michael Baltzer, Chair of the Executive Committee of CA|TS says, “Unless governments commit to sustained investments in the protection of these sites, tiger populations may face the catastrophic decline that they have suffered over the last few decades. This funding is needed urgently, particularly for many sites in Southeast Asia to support recovery of its tiger population.”
One key area needed for funding is for staff and management.
According to the report “effective tiger management is impossible unless there are enough skilled personnel to do all the jobs required: stopping poaching, managing community relations, keeping visitors safe and ensuring safe havens for tigers and other wildlife.”
However, the report also says that fully three-quarters of sites are not sufficiently staffed to fully implement planned management activities saying, “Many protected areas are woefully understaffed; the average apartment block in an Asian city will probably have more guards than many national parks have rangers.”
This is of concern for John Barker, Head of India and China Programmes at WWF who adds, “It’s clear that many protected areas are not living up to their name. Far from being a safe haven for tigers, there is a real risk that they will be lost forever from a huge number of sites. With only around 3,890 tigers left in the wild, every population of this iconic species is critical.”
In an effort to improve this situation, the survey report made two key recommendations:
- Government investment in tiger conservation areas is the only long-term solution to their management needs. While some countries are investing in their sites, most in Southeast Asia are lacking even fairly basic levels of government funding – a situation which needs to change. Furthermore, as tiger conservation areas are also important for many other aspects of natural, economic and social capital, such investments would have far-reaching benefits.
- Good management in tiger conservation areas is the single most important action to halt and reverse the decline of wild tigers. As such, CA|TS should be implemented across the tiger range to strengthen effective management of tiger conservation areas
ABOUT THE CA|TS REPORT:
Jointly released by the CA|TS Partnership, Safe Havens for Wild Tigers: A Rapid Assessment of Management Effectiveness against Conservation Assured Tiger Standards, is the first overview of the management effectiveness of tiger conservation areas across Asia. Based on criteria set by CA|TS this is the largest survey of site-based tiger management to date, covering over 200,000 km2 in 112 tiger conservation areas that are estimated to hold 70% of the world’s wild tigers. Data from this survey forms a baseline that aims to help governments and site managers understand how they are faring against CA|TS an accreditation system designed to measure and improve the management of tiger conservation areas.
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