The TX2 goal of Tiger Conservation
Tigers are the largest species of cat and one of the most iconic animals on the planet. One hundred years ago, there were 100,000 wild tigers. In 2010 we had as few as 3,200 wild tigers. This shocking 97% population decline is driven by rampant poaching and habitat loss. In 2010, governments of the 13 tiger range countries decided innovative conservation efforts were needed. The most ambitious and visionary species conservation goal was set:
“to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 (to 6400)”
This goal is called Tx2
The Tx2 goal was agreed upon by the 13 tiger range countries. This was agreed in 2010 at the Tiger Summit in St Petersburg when wild tiger numbers were at the critically low level of ‘as few as 3200’.
Tx2 is a 12-year goal: spanning from the last Chinese Year of the Tiger (2010) to the next (2022).
The Tiger Range Countries
All 13 tiger range countries include India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Today’s Tiger Count (end of 2015)
Today – by end of 2015 – we have 3890 tigers in the wild
According to the latest figures, Bangladesh has 106 tigers, Bhutan 103, Cambodia nil, China 7, India 2,500, Indonesia 371, Lao PDR 2, Malaysia 250, Nepal 198, Russia 433, Thailand 189 and Vietnam less than 5 tigers in the wild.
These numbers were released in the recent 3rd Asian Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation which was inaugurated by the honorable prime minister of India, Narendra Modi and which recently concluded in New Delhi (April 12- 14 2016).
Below is the complete coverage of the conference. (Modi’s speech starts from 30th minute)
The Conference, was hosted by the Global Tiger Forum (GTF) and National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). Over the three day conference tiger countries reported their progress toward Tx2 and commit to their next steps. WWF was one of the partners to the conference.
Awards at 3rd Asian Ministerial Conference
Awards that were given in this conference:
- Best Anti-Poaching Park Award: Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala
- Village Relocation and Resettlement – Satpura Tiger Reserve, MP
- Active Management Reserve – Kanha Tiger Reserve, MP
- Community Participation & Eco-Tourism Resort – Parambikulam Reserve Kerala
- Conservation of Species other than Tiger in a Tiger Reserve) – Kaziranga Tiger reserve, Assam
Complete details of the conference can be got here.
The first Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation (AMCTC) was part of Global Tiger Summit and was hosted at St. Petersburg, Russia in 2010.
You can get all details here and here is the video coverage of the same:
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