Capital to host global tiger workshop

KATHMANDU: Kathmandu is all set to witness a rare event - ‘Global Tiger Workshop’ - very soon, Shivaraj Bhatta, a spokesperson at the Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), revealed here Thursday.

The DNPWC under the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation (MoFSC) is going to organise the workshop in Kathmandu, in which representatives from 14 different countries, including India, Bhutan, Cambodia, Russia, China,

Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, North Korea, Indonesia and Vietnam, are taking part,

Bhatta, said.

‘’These 14 countries are the Tiger range countries in the world,” he said, adding that at least 40 percent of the Tiger habitat had vanished from the world in less than a decade. ‘’This in itself suggests how endangered is this species on this planet “.

However, Bhatta said there is no panicky situation in Nepal. Tiger census of 2009 has shown that Nepal is home to an estimated 121 adult Tiger.

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), World Bank, National Trust For Nature Conservation(NTNC) are among those organisations supporting the program. “We are looking forward to the workshop to contributing in the enhancement of knowledge about tiger and set a future strategy to save Tiger in future ,” added Bhatta.