Three protected areas in Russia are preparing for the CA | TS
The First Global Conservation Assured | Tiger Standards Consultation Meeting was held on November 13-16 in Bangkok, Thailand. It was organized by the Government of Thailand with support of WWF.
The meeting was attended by over 70 experts from 18 countries, the representatives of CA | TS National Committees, public environmental organizations, protected areas within the tiger range such as India, Nepal, Bhutan, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, China and Russia, as well as from other countries interested in promoting a voluntary tiger certification. They shared experiences and discussed the next steps, the CA | TS role and significance in the implementation of the Global Tiger Recovery Programme, which was announced at the Tiger Summit in St. Petersburg in 2010 setting a goal to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022.
At the meeting the Russian Federation was represented by Dmitry Gorshkov, director of the Sikhote-Alin Nature Reserve, Russia's first protected area to be CA | TS certified, and by Sergei Aramilev, director of the Primorsky branch of the Amur Tiger Center, on behalf of the CA | TS Russian Federation National Committee.
In 2015, Sikhote-Alin Nature Reserve became the first in Russia and the second in the world protected area after Chitwan National Park in Nepal to receive CA | TS certificate.
“It is always a challenge to be the first. In fact, we are the CA | TS face, other protected areas in the tiger range in the world look at us and make a decision: to be CA | TS certified or not, so we have to hold the bar high. I’m glad that we meet the highest international standards in the tiger conservation, but more importantly, that the number of rare cats in the reserve is really growing, - says Dmitry Gorshkov, PhD, director of Sikhote-Alin Nature Reserve, presenting the report “The experience of obtaining CA | TS certificate and its benefits” at the meeting in Bangkok.
All tiger range countries in the Southeast Asia are involved in the dialogue for the implementation of the CA | TS certification. According to the 2015 Tiger Census results, the number of Amur tigers in the Russian Far East is estimated no less than 540 individuals. Russia is considered as the second country with the largest tiger numbers in the world, and its participation is of a great importance for the promotion of tiger certification.
“Russia is one of the first countries in the world started the tiger habitat certification and gained the worldwide recognition. After Sikhote-Alin Nature Reserve, there are three more CA | TS candidates in the Russian Far East: the joint Directorate of Lazovsky Nature Reserve and “Zov Tigra” National Park, Anyuiskiy National Park and “Land of the Leopard” National Park. The preparation for candidates registration has already started, - said Yury Darman, PhD., director of WWF Russia Amur Branch the representative of the CA | TS National Committee in Russia, the distinguished ecologist of the Russian Federation.
“Saving the tiger in the modern world of “transparent” borders is impossible without international cooperation. Unfortunately, the Asian market continues to generate strong demand for animals body parts, including tiger. Even if a country is successful in tiger conservation, with inactive geographical neighbors all efforts will come to nothing. Therefore, the development of mechanisms such as CA | TS helps nature reserves and national parks in the tiger range both to understand why they are important and what they still have to work on and where to go to save the tiger. After all CA | TS is not just a paper certificate issued for three years, it is also a real assessment of the group of international experts, who openly point out the shortcomings and propose the ways of development”, says Sergei Aramilev, PhD, the director of the Primorsky branch of the Amur Tiger Center.
At the meeting in Bangkok it was decided to certify 150 protected areas of tiger range countries by the year of 2022.