Endangered Tigers to Get $33 Million
Critically endangered Sumatran tigers will have a fund of $33 million set up for a project to attempt doubling their population by 2022. An official from the Indonesian National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) said the funding is coming from the Global Tiger Recovery Program, which was started by the World Bank.
The Forestry Minister said so far they have not focused enough on conservation of these tigers and they need to generate more of their own funding for it. He also said, “The total amount of CSR funding from companies in Indonesia is around Rp 20 trillion a year, so if we could just set aside Rp 1 trillion for tiger conservation, it would go a long way.” (Source: Jakarta Globe)
According to the World Wildlife Fund, there are less than 400 Sumatran tigers remaining in the wild, and their population is declining due to deforestation and poaching. In 1978 it was estimated there were about 1,000. They live only on Sumatra in mountain, lowland and swamp forests.
The Global Tiger Recovery Program is a comprehensive approach to planning for tiger conservation in all the countries where wild tigers live and for those nations to collaborate on saving their tigers by sharing information and working together. A core component of saving wild tigers and encouraging the large increase in their populations by 2022, is reducing poaching and illegal trade in their body parts.
Also palm oil production is causing deforestation and contributing to the loss of wildlife. Palm oil is in many consumer products such as chocolate, lipstick, body lotion and packaged foods. We can help Sumatran tigers and wildlife there such as orangutans, by being informed consumers and avoiding products containing palm oil.
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