India to host international tiger conference on Feb 14
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 07, 2010, 00:48
  
New Delhi: India, which is home to almost half the world's big cat population, will host an international tiger conference on February 14 to highlight the steps being taken to save the endangered animal which is on the brink of extinction.

This was stated by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh at a function here today after launching the website on the database of wildlife crime related to tigers and release of a magazine exclusively devoted to big cat conservation.

"At the conference to be attended by wildlife experts and scientists world-over, we will tell the global community what we are doing to save this royal animal whose numbers are declining sharply and can be extinct if no adequate steps are taken to save it," Ramesh said.

To draw home his point, he said that out of 37 tiger reserves in the country, condition in 17 was very precarious and they might go the way of Sariska and Panna, which have no native tigers left.

World over there are around 3,000 tigers left, with nearly 1,400 in various reserves in India.

With China marking 2010 as the 'Year of the Tiger' from February 14, the minister expressed fear that the demand for tiger parts and derivatives might rise in the neighbouring country as well as in Thailand and Myanmar.

He, however, welcomed China's recent move of issuing a series of directives to prevent illegal trade of tiger parts, which he said would help curb poaching in wild tigers here.

Ramesh said this would help build pressure on China to curb poaching at the Global Tiger Summit to be held on January 29 in Bangkok, to be attended by him.

-PTI


First Published: Thursday, January 07, 2010, 00:48


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