At the historic Tiger Summit, crucial high level international backing was given to a plan that will help to immediately begin the reverse of declining wild tiger populations. WWF also committed to spend US$50 million over the next 5 years on tiger conservation, and set a goal of increasing that to US$85 million.
In addition, the World Bank has offered a USD 100 million loan package to three tiger range countries for conservation work, and the Global Environment Facility offered to provide up to USD 50 million in grant funding for tiger habitat conservation.
"Too often, conservation efforts languish for lack of political will," said WWF Director General Jim Leape. "At the Forum here in St. Petersburg we have seen political will at the highest level - heads of government committing themselves to saving the tiger, and laying out concrete plans to turn those commitments into action on the ground."
"We have never before seen this kind of political support to save a single species," Leape said. "We now have the strategy needed to double tiger numbers and real political momentum."
"Initial funding commitments offered here will help get action underway. Much more funding must be mobilized in the months ahead."
"I am confident that we will look back on this day as a turning point in the effort to save one of the world's best-loved animals," Leape said.
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