Opening the Forum: As both a worldwide icon and the species most synonymous with Asia, the fate of wild tigers drew increasing international attention and support, culminating in the 2010 International Tiger Forum (‘Tiger Summit’) in St. Petersburg.
Travelling tigers: papier-mâché tigers travelled from Moscow to both Vladivostok and St. Petersburg in the lead-up to the ‘Tiger Summit’. Here 13 can be seen - one for each of the 13 tiger range countries.
Leaders get serious about tiger conservation: At the 2010 ‘Tiger Summit’ the international community came together to conclude an unprecedented effort for a single species - the TX2 goal of doubling tigers by 2022. November 23rd marks the halfway point of this TX2 period.
Heads of State, ministers and senior officials from the tiger range countries came together to make commitments to save their tigers. Six years later, WWF remains fully committed to the TX2 goal and cooperative vision set out in St. Petersburg.
Countries step up on wildlife crime: At the ‘Tiger Summit’ the illegal poaching and trade in the species was noted as one of the most serious challenges to the doubling of wild tigers by 2022 (TX2). However, the 2014 London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade and a 2015 UN Resolution formally recognizing wildlife crime as “serious crime” represent major breakthroughs, and show that countries will unite to put pressure on tiger poachers
Tiger Youth Forum: A parallel International Tiger Youth Forum in Vladivostok was born out of WWF’s partnership with Russian government and the Administration of Primorsky. The event included a video-conference link-up between these youth delegates and the leaders of tiger range governments in St. Petersburg.
In the lead-up to the ‘Tiger Summit’ thousands of tiger conservation advocates, including a number of Russian celebrities, “roared” their support for the species!
Tigers roar back in China: One of the major highlights from the last 6 year was a 2015 camera trap image of a tigress and her cubs in Northeast China – an indication of the species’ recovery in that area. Many Amur tiger roam in and out of Russian and Chinese territory – since the ‘Tiger Summit’ the two countries have increasingly worked together to recover these tigers.
Zero Poaching Symposium in Nepal: anti-poaching agencies and experts from the Tiger Range Countries came together in early 2015 – leading to the launch of the Zero Poaching Toolkit. It provides practical solutions that will help realize the vision of St. Petersburg – a doubling of wild tigers (TX2).
As an accomplished Russian anti-poaching expert and ranger, Anatoly Belov was a compelling speaker at the ‘Tiger Summit’. In the same year he was recognized with WWF’s most prestigious honor - the WWF Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Award.
As one of our primary contributions towards realizing the TX2 goal from the St. Petersburg "Tiger Summit", WWF is working to end the poaching of tigers and illegal trade in their parts. This coming Wednesday marks the 6 year anniversary of the 12 TX2 period.
Positive news on tiger numbers: Five years after the conclusion of the ‘Tiger Summit’, there is already some evidence that efforts in tiger range countries are paying off. In 2016 a new global estimate of 3,890 wild tigers was released - higher than the previous estimate of as few as 3,200 used at the Summit.
Tiger Standards: CA|TS is an important tool for monitoring and guaranteeing that tiger sites are effectively managed. Developed by WWF with the Global Tiger Forum (GTF), IUCN and WCPA it embodies the collaborative vision brought about by the 'Tiger Summit'. Two sites have already become CA|TS certified, with more to follow soon.
A video of the ‘running tiger’ was projected at various sites in Moscow and St. Petersburg in the lead-up to the ‘Tiger Summit’. The Summit was instrumental in mobilizing support for tiger conservation - it is hoped that it will one day be seen as the turning point that brought about the recovery of global wild tiger figures.
Six years onwards: Leaving a world with wild tigers for future generations remains a significant driving force for WWF and the Tiger Range States who sent their leaders to St. Petersburg 6 years ago.
We are officially at the halfway point of the TX2 goal!
Your support has made it possible to halt the global decline of tigers. For the next 6 years, WWF will continue our work towards doubling wild tiger numbers by 2022.