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International (Aug 31) – The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Russia, and China have reached an agreement to protect the Amur tiger, or the more commonly recognized name, Siberian tiger, on the Chinese Jilin province and Russian Primorsky province border.
The Year of the Tiger 2010 also will be known as the year loss of tiger habitat, poaching, and “lack of prey”, all factors that have contributed to the decline of the Amur/Siberian tiger, received human cooperation between nations.
The region is home to “the largest of all the tiger subspecies”. Unfortunately, approximately 450 tigers remain. Twenty tigers are known to roam the Russian/Chinese border provinces.
States Dr, Zhu Chunquan, WWF-China’s Conservation Direction, “While tigers — the species at the top of the ecosystem — are better conserved through the agreement, other species, the forest habitat and all the biodiversity resources will also benefit from this protected area.”
Providing a transboundary area will mean protection not only for the tigers, but musk deer and goral. Monitoring systems, joint ecological surveys, and the development of plans to fight poaching are just a few of the transboundary protection goals.
“This agreement is a great boost for Amur tiger habitats in Russia and China. Since both countries play a crucial role in terms of global tiger recovery, a future transboundary network would represent a big step in WWF’s global tiger conservation effort,” said Dr. Sergey Aramilev, Biodiversity Coordinator for Amur Branch of WWF-Russia, which is also involved in promoting the agreement. “There’s a lot of work to be done to implement this agreement, such as making sure it receives proper government funding, but this is a major step forward nonetheless.”
As the agreement is implemented it is estimated the transboundary protected area will more than double the range the tigers currently roam.
The WWF, the world’s largest conversation organization, works with 100 countries and has been doing so for more than 50 years.
By: T. Cahill – WorldNewsVine