WWF Russia, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia, and the Amur Tiger Center joint efforts in tiger conservation
The document was signed during a visit of Sergei Donskoi, head of the Ministry, to Primorsky Province and became a wrapping up procedure of the meeting with the Amur tiger and the Amur leopard conservation issues on the agenda. Sergei Donskoi, the minister of natural resources and environment, signed two separate agreements - one with the Amur Tiger Center, the other with WWF. The goal of the cooperation is the implementation of the Strategy for Conservation of the Amur Tiger in Russia.
According to Sergei Donskoi, «The partnership between the three organizations aimed at raising the effectiveness of the Amur tiger conservation efforts should become regular. Without losing focus we should promote cooperation between federal agencies and public organizations after the tiger census is completed. It is evident that only joined efforts can ensure the appropriate level of tiger protection and guarantee all required activities that ultimately will result in raising the population number and conservation of the rare animal’s habitats».
As noted by Igor Chestin, head of WWF Russia, the Amur tiger conservation was and still is among WWF’s priorities. «For over 20 years we have built a sustainable partnership between federal and regional governmental agencies and public organizations. And of course this partnership brings positive results: the total area of protected territories has increased for over one million hectares; the transboundary cooperation with China where the first resident tigers were registered is being developed; at the initiative of Russia the Forum on tiger conservation was hold at the highest level».
WWF Russia was among the initiators of the development of the Strategy for Conservation of the Amur Tiger in Russia that was approved by the Ministry of Environment in 1996. By 2010, as a result of adopted measures the Amur tiger population was first stabilized and then started to grow, along with the enlargement of tiger range. During this time, WWF experts took part in preparing a new Strategy and Action Plan for the Amur tiger conservation.
The signed Agreement determines the basis for cooperation while executing the Strategy for Conservation of the Amur Tiger in Russia and long-term collaboration between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Amur Tiger Center, and WWF Russia.
The main directions of this cooperation are enlargement of a range of measures on the effective protection of the tiger, its habitats, and prey; environmental education and awareness; joint information support of the Strategy implementation; development of the international collaboration within the frame of the Global Tiger Recovery Program.
Under the Agreement, WWF Russia plans to take part in the scientific research and in monitoring of the tiger population status; to assist protected areas in their efforts on conservation of the tiger and its habitats; to contribute to restoration of the tiger habitats; to forward policy proposals on the Amur tiger conservation efforts; to participate in combating the illegal trafficking of the Amur tiger and its parts; to raise public awareness; to support international initiatives and projects on tiger conservation and protection.