Target: World Bank Global Tiger Initiative (GTI)
Goal: Applaud efforts to save wild tigers
Since 2008, the World Bank has dedicated itself to wildlife conservation in order to fight global poverty. With the mindset that we cannot sustain ourselves if we cannot maintain the environment that supports us, the World Bank’s Global Tiger Initiative aims to double the world’s population of wild tigers – currently around 3,200 – by 2022, the coming year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar. The GTI brings together members of government, private, and scientific groups across the 13 tiger range countries under the common goal of saving wild tigers from extinction.
Wild tigers have been officially in danger of extinction since the 1960s when the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classified them as endangered all across their range. The national initiatives and organizations attempting to stem the crisis have achieved mixed success. Meanwhile, tiger populations continued on an alarmingly rapid decline.
GTI targets 6 ways to protect wild tiger populations: protecting habitat, fighting wildlife crime, building capacity (provision of education and technology to support conservation efforts), engaging local communities and generating innovation. Founded along with the Global Environment Facility, the Smithsonian Institute, Save the Tiger Fund, and International Tiger Coalition, GTI has succeeded in generating community involvement and policing national parks in Nepal, which have improved documentation of wild tiger populations and demonstrated an increase in wild tigers in the area. Current plans include introducing new monitoring technology for tracking wild tigers and strengthening transboundary collaboration both to crack down on organized wildlife crime and to support consumer awareness campaigns to reduce demand for wild tigers.
Please take a moment to sign the petition below and recognize the partnerships that have bridged international politics to help communities worldwide make a living and to give wild tigers a chance at life.
Dear World Bank Global Tiger Initiative (GTI),
I want to commend you on your efforts to save wild tigers from extinction. Your mission of sustaining our environment in order to end world poverty shows that championing ecology makes economic sense. Your leadership demonstrates we can work to create win-win situations out of environmental and financial crises. Breaking down the issue to target six main threats to wildlife tigers, you help us envision the net benefits of preventing their extinction: supporting local community engagement, reducing crime, boosting infrastructure, and improving the health and wellbeing of our people and our planet.
You have united several organizations – governmental, private, and scientific – under the common cause of doubling the wild tiger population in 2022, the year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar. That you have succeeded in bridging international politics to collaborate on this issue is remarkable and inspiring. Thank you for ensuring communities worldwide can make a living and wild tigers have a chance at life.
[Your Name Here]
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