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The Sikhote-Alin Reserve was chosen for the implementation of the Global Tiger Initiative WWF
Sikhote-Alin Reserve (Primorye) It was selected as the first specially protected natural area of Russia, where a pilot project of the WWF Global Tiger Initiative on certification of tiger habitats will be implemented. This is reported by the press service of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
“The Global Tigers Alive Initiative (TAI) is WWF's international tiger conservation program. It was created by WWF in 2010, ahead of the Tiger Summit in St. Petersburg, where the governments of the range countries of this cat agreed to double (Tx2) the number of tigers in the wild by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger. All WWF offices working for tiger conservation at the national level are an integral part of the Tiger Initiative (TAI), ”the Fund explains.
TAI in 2013 year started certification of tiger habitats. From 21 on 31 October experts of the Global Tiger Initiative WWF from India and Malaysia visited Primorye to discuss the possibility of launching certification in Russia.
During the visit, the experts visited the Sikhote-Alin Nature Reserve, the Udege Legend National Park, as well as the Sidatun and Tigrovoe hunting farms, which are partners of WWF Russia in increasing the number of ungulates and preserving the Amur tiger.
“When going to the Far Eastern taiga, we wanted to choose a pilot site. Sikhote-Alin Nature Reserve is an ideal place for pilot certification, there are all the prospects for this: an exceptional management system, unique habitats, the number of tigers, which has the potential to double in the future, ”says Khalid Pasha, Coordinator for Certification of Tiger Habitats WWF's Global Tiger Initiative.
“The Sikhote-Alin Biosphere Reserve is one of the largest tiger reserves in Russia. For almost 80 years now, not only work has been carried out here to preserve the rare predator, but also tiger science. About 20-22 tigers are recorded in the protected area, and this is one of the largest tiger groups living in the protected areas of the Far East. Therefore, it is logical that our reserve was chosen by the experts of the WWF Global Tiger Initiative for a pilot project in Russia. It is expected that the certification will identify the strengths and weaknesses of tiger conservation in the reserve. In the future, we will build work to eliminate these shortcomings, ”said Dmitry Gorshkov, director of the Sikhote-Alin Biosphere Reserve.