26 Nov 2010

Tiger protection plan agreed at summit

6:00 am on 26 November 2010

A summit on how to protect the tiger has ended in St Petersburg with pledges of more than $US350 million to save the animal.

The meeting called by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was attended by representatives of 13 countries.

Delegates agreed to double tiger numbers by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger.

The 13 countries where tigers still exist are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam.

They will focus on protecting tiger habitats, addressing poaching, illegal trade and providing the financial resources for the plan.

The BBC reports tiger numbers have dropped in the last 100 years from about 100,000 to less than 3500 tigers in the wild today.

There has been a 40% decline in numbers in a decade.