CITES CoP16’s draft action plan to increase Bengal tiger population issued

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BANGKOK, 10 MARCH 2013  The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has drafted an action plan to conserve and increase the population of the Bengal tigers worldwide. 

The 7th day of the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CITES CoP16), which is participated by 13 member countries, has focused on a strategic plan to be implemented during 2013-2014, with a focus on the increase of the population of the Bengal tigers worldwide.

Deputy Permanent Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Ministry Mingkwan Witchayarangsarit revealed that the meeting has set a target to double the population of the Bengal tigers by 2022.

Meanwhile, Deputy Director-General of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Theerapat Prayurasiddhi said Global Tiger Initiative (GTI) Program Director Keshav Varma praised the operation of Thailand’s Bengal tigers guard units.

Mr. Theerapat said that the Ministry will, this year, add 100 units of forest rangers and introduce a new patrol system.

He added that Thailand’s conservation plan for Bengal tigers will be used as a model for a conservation of Snow Leopards in the Himalayan region.

CITES CoP16 is scheduled to come to an end on March 14.