It was clear that business-as-usual approaches were not working when wild tiger populations did not stop declining despite conservation efforts.
The global tiger population hit an all-time low; there were only around 3,200 left in the wild by 2010.
In light of this critical situation, the governments of all 13 tiger range countries came together for the first time at the St Petersburg Tiger Summit during the same year.
There, they committed to the most ambitious conservation goal ever set for a single species - to double the number of wild tigers by 2022, the next Chinese Year of the Tiger.
WWF is putting its full force behind this ambitious effort, also known as the TX2 goal. At its mid-way point, we received the first indication that we have reversed the population decline of preceding decades.
International Tiger Forum 2010
WWF is driving the goal to double wild tiger numbers by 2022.
Russia and China pledged to tackle illegal poaching.
Commitment from the 13 tiger-range countries is crucial.
The 2010 St Petersburg Tiger summit ignited political will at the highest levels to ensure the future of wild tigers are given the priority, effort, innovation, and investment required. This resulted in the Global Tiger Recovery Plan, which outlines how each country can reach the TX2 target. We need to keep this momentum going.
Through the Global Tiger Initiative, Global Tiger Forum and other critical platforms, we support the 13 tiger range countries’ governments to put this plan into practice.
"If we falter, the tigers' loss would be a dramatic indication of our failure to safeguard biodiversity and balanced development."
Robert Zoellick, World Bank 11th President
Global political will, especially of the 13 tiger range governments, is needed to drive policy change and turn plans into action.
Our partnerships with the public sector, corporations, philanthropic foundations, and other non-governmental organizations is crucial in driving real impact on the ground.
We believe in people-centered conservation, where communities living in and around tiger landscapes are key stakeholders in determining the success of TX2.
The Tx2 commitment is the best chance we have at securing the future of wild tigers and their habitats.
In 2016, at the mid-way point of the TX2 goal, we have halted the global decline in wild tiger numbers for the first time in about a century.
The world’s tiger population was revised upwards and estimated to be around 3,900, according to best available data.
This is a huge achievement but their population is still a 95% decline since the beginning of the 20th century. Threats to wild tigers are more acute than ever, especially from poaching and habitat loss.
We continue to ensure tiger conservation remains a top priority for world leaders and support them in fulfilling their commitments with partnership, policy advice, and collaborative solutions.