World Bank joins the global fight to save the tiger
"Addressing the threats to tigers calls for innovative interventions which tackle the root cause of the problem--the incentives to poach tigers and their prey and to destroy habitats," reads a statement issued by the World Bank. Representatives of the bank intend to review past performances of development schemes in or adjacent to tiger habitats and to "develop effective strategies for harmonizing conservation with other development objectives.” The bank will also “support cross regional initiatives to protect tigers from any form of exploitation."
"The ITC hopes that the World Bank in the coming months will have open and frank dialogues in tiger range countries about what has and has not worked in tiger conservation,” says Gabriel. “We must build on the successes, while learning from the past. This process is crucial for avoiding further damage to tigers brought by poorly planned development projects,” she continued. "ITC member organizations stand ready to inform the World Bank on the initiative to build a future for wild tigers.