Tiger population to be doubled by '22

KATHMANDU: Aiming to double the wild tiger population by 2022, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) today launched its Tx2 campaign with the slogan: "Double or Nothing: Save the wild tiger and save so much more!" globally. WWF officers from the 13 tiger range countries as well as key offices outside the region are campaigning - from grassroots awareness efforts to targeted political engagement throughout the year. Tx2 campaign implies doubling the number of tigers by the year 2022.

Through public outreach activities and partnerships with range and sectors, influencers and stakeholders, the campaign aims at highlighting and accelerating the WWF's ambition to stop poaching, protecting tiger habitat and clamping down on trade of tiger.

The WWF has also outlined the current top 10 trouble spots for tigers in a first-time interactive map that provides a unique overview of threats faced by tigers.

The global tiger population is estimated at 3,200. They face an ever-increasing threat due to habitat loss, illegal trade and impact of climate, according to the map. It also depicts Nepal as a global crossroad for illegal trade of the wild tiger.

There are 121 adult tigers in Nepal but the number has plummeted in the western part of the country. However, during the Kathmandu Global Tiger Workshop held in October 2009, the government had made three major commitments towards saving the endangered species.

Anil Manandhar, country representative, WWF said, "We highly appreciate the government's commitment to establish Banke National Park thereby expanding the tiger habitat in the west and setting up of National Tiger Conservation Authority and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau to control poaching."Alarmingly, already three tiger sub-species have become extinct since the 1940s.