On the annual celebration of Global Tiger Day (July 29), leading conservation voices in support of the wild tiger and other endangered species spoke out in China to concentrate further efforts in international cooperation to manage large transboundary landscapes and reduce transnational wildlife crime.
The State Forestry Administration of China, along with other government entities and the Global Tiger Initiative organized the “International Workshop for Transboundary Conservation of Tigers and Other Endangered Species, and the Strategy for Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade” July 29-August 2. Vice Administrator of China’s State Forestry Administration, Ms. Yin Hong, the Vice Governor of Yunnan’s provincial government, Mr. Shen Peiping, and other officials opened the international meeting on Global Tiger Day.
The 13 tiger range countries issued the Kunming Consensus on Transboundary Conservation and Combating Illegal Wildlife Crime, the key accomplishment of the meeting, which offered new recommendations to maximize transboundary collaboration in landscape management, and step up law enforcement efforts in the range countries. This also marks the first time each of the TRCs have created 3-year action plans specifically to address transboundary issues, including law enforcement, capacity building, and research and monitoring.
Wild tigers and other species, such as the Asian elephant, live in ranges that span the boundaries of various Asian countries. Transboundary collaboration is considered essential to reducing the international illegal wildlife trade, which is a major threat to such species. More....