International Tiger Conservation Forum is over, now the hard work begins
The International Tiger Conservation Forum concluded in St Petersburg this week, with the heads of governments of the 13 Tiger Range Countries (TRC) adopting a declaration designed to help save the wild cats from extinction.
The prime ministers declared that they will "strive to double the number of wild tigers by 2022."
The worldwide tiger population has declined from 100,000 to just over 3,000 over the past century.
The International Tiger Summit, hosted by the northwestern Russian city of St. Petersburg which ran from November 21-24 had heads of governments discussing a plan to double the animal's population in 12 years. The plan will require up to $350 million in funding from the international community.
The heads of state also agreed to set up a trust fund to collect money from various donors, as well as to work out other flexible mechanisms to sponsor efforts to save the tiger. They also agreed to continue regular top level meetings.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said many TRCs face economic difficulties and called on the international community to support their governments.
"It is hard to solve the issues of preserving wildlife in these countries," Putin said. "We should support their governments in order to effectively solve environmental protection issues."
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