Global Tiger Initiative partners launched a hands-on training for wildlife conservation professionals from national parks and protected areas in the South East Asia region today at Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand.
The Global Tiger Initiative is an international alliance of governments, global NGOs, international organizations, the conservation community, and the private sector. The course is part of a scaled-up training initiative in high-priority tiger conservation areas under the Global Tiger Recovery Program (GTRP), adopted by the governments of 13 tiger range countries (TRCs) in St. Petersburg, Russia in November 2010. The Global Tiger Recovery Program is the first strategic plan adopted by the thirteen tiger range countries to protect and recover wild tiger populations by the next Year of the Tiger in 2022. Only about 3,200 tigers remain in the wild today, occupying increasingly fragmented patches of forest across Asia.
“Survival of tigers in the wild depends on the ability of tiger range countries to deploy well-equipped professionals on the front lines of national parks and protected areas with technology that can put pressure on poachers and organized wildlife crime syndicates. Smart technology and training that brings the expertise of the Smithsonian Institution, World Bank Institute, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation of Thailand and Wildlife Conservation Society to Huai Kha Khaeng will help level the playing field for TRCs against wildlife crime,” noted Keshav Varma, Program Director of the Global Tiger Initiative.
Damrong Phidet, Director General at the Royal Government of Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, welcomed U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney, officials from the World Bank, Smithsonian Institution, Wildlife Conservation Society, representatives from other partner organizations and more than 30 wildlife practitioners who will participate in the two-week training program January 6-21, 2012. More....