On the event of National Conservation Day today, Nepal made the announcement that there are now an estimated 235 wild tigers in the country, nearly doubling the baseline of around 121 tigers in 2009. In case all of these trends continue, Nepal could certainly grown to be the first country to double its national tiger population since the ambitious TX2 goal– to double the world’s wild tiger population by 2022– was set at the St Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010.
Nepal carried out its national tiger survey between November 2017 and April 2018 in the transboundary Terai Arc Landscape (TAL), a vast division of diverse ecosystems shared with India. Digital camera traps and occupancy surveys were used to calculate tiger occupancy and abundance, even while line transect surveys were used to derive prey density. The last tiger survey in 2013 had calculated the tiger population at 198.
The becoming successful in Nepal has been generally caused by the country’s political commitment and the adoption of inventive tools and approaches towards tiger conservation. Nepal was the first nation to achieve global standards in managing tiger conservation zones, an certification plan governed by the Conservation Assured Tiger Standards (CA|TS). With four more years to go, the TX2 goal of doubling tiger numbers across the globe can only be done in case almost all the tiger range countries step up and commit to the same level of excellence.
In May this year, Nepal popularly celebrated a whole new benchmark with the success of 365 days of zero poaching of rhinos on five events between 2011 and 2018. this is definitely the one other great instance of real preservation change which can be done when a country unites and coordinates the ventures of the government, enforcement agencies, preservation partners and local communities.
“Every tiger counts, for Nepal and for the world,” stated Dr. Ghana S Gurung, Country Representative, WWF-Nepal. “While Nepal is but some tigers far away from our target to double tiger numbers by 2022, this also underscores the continued should make sure protection, and developed and contiguous habitats for the long-term staying alive of the species.”
The tiger and prey-base survey was specialized led by the Government of Nepal’s Department of National Parks and also Wildlife Conservation and Department of Forests, in partnership with WWF-Nepal, National Trust for Nature Conservation and Zoological Society of London (ZSL) Nepal. It had been funded by WWF, ZSL Nepal, National Trust for Nature Conservation, USAID’s Hariyo Ban Program II, KfW/IUCN, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Panthera and WildCats Conservation Alliance.