International Year of Tiger to kick off on V-Da

TI News
October 3, 2009
International Year of Tiger to kick off on V-Day: Ramesh
Lalit K Jha
Washington, Oct 3 (PTI) To draw international attention on tiger conservation and protection, India will launch the Year of the Tiger on Valentine's Day next year from Jim Corbett National Park, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh announced.
India's offer in this regard was accepted at a meeting held at the prestigious Smithsonian Institute, which was attended by other agencies including the World Bank.
"Today India made the offer for launching the Year of the Tiger internationally on February 14, 2010 at Corbett," Ramesh said, adding the Year of Tiger would end in November 2010 with another tiger consultation in Ranthambore National Park.
"Both these events would showcase what India is doing in the field of tiger conservation," Ramesh told reporters in an interaction after the meeting. The Russians are hosting the World Tiger Summit in Vladivostok in September 2010.
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<http://www.ptinews.com/news/311756_International-Year-of-Tiger–on-Valentine-s-Day–Ramesh> Sify News, from ANI
Centre to dedicate year 2010 for tiger conservation: Jairam Ramesh
4 October 2009
The Central Government has decided to dedicate the year 2010 for the conservation of tigers and also to draw international attention on Tiger conservation and protection.
Briefing the media after meeting with world conservation agencies at prestigious Smithsonian Institute Union Minister of State for Forest and Environment, Jairam Ramesh said the Centre would declare the year 2010 as the year of Tigers.
Ramesh said a campaign to save tigers would be launched from famous Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand on Valentine's Day (February 14) next year.
The campaign would end in November 2010 with a tiger consultation meet at Ranthambore National Park, Ramesh added.
He said the campaign would concentrate on establishing India's leadership in conserving tigers.
World's 60 per cent of the tigers in the wild are in India.
Ramesh has however confirmed that the World Bank's support to the efforts launched by India towards the conservation of the specie, which is on the brink of extension.
Ramesh hinted that the Centre is working on to clinch a World Bank project for improving livelihood security in Rajaji National Park in Uttarakhand, Kanha in Madhya Pradesh, Nagarhole in Karnataka and Kaziranga Assam.
In his presentation during the meeting, Ramesh stressed on the need of involving local communities in Tiger Conservation programmes. (ANI)
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