NEW DELHI, March 27: In a bid to implement the Global Tiger Recovery Program (GTRP) that was agreed upon in the Tiger Summit held in St Petersburg last year and attended by heads of state, tiger range countries are meeting in Delhi for a two-day discussion Monday.
Building on the momentum of the St Petersburg Summit, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), Global Tiger Forum (GTF), and Global Tiger Initiative (GTI) are officially launching the initial phase of the program in New Delhi from March 28-30.
Taking the lead in this endeavor is India, which will release results of its latest estimation of wild tiger numbers at the "International Conference on Tiger Conservation and Global Workshop on GTRP Implementation." India is home to world´s largest remaining wild tigers and Indian park managers have long experience working on tiger conservation. They will share best practices at the forum.
All the tiger range countries are expected to present their high-priority action plans for 2011 on the occasion. Partners from the international community are also outlining plans for the year ahead in support of the countries. The delegates will continue to press for the pledges of financial support for the implementation of the program made in last year´s summit.
Detailed plans for implementation and monitoring mechanisms will also be high on the agenda.
Indian Minister of Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh is expected to present the ´All India Tiger Estimation Report´ followed by other high-level government officials from the tiger range countries, World Bank executives and delegates from other international organizations. Nepal will field Director General of the Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation as head of the delegation in the event.