Int’l tiger protection forum opens in Vladivostok

VLADIVOSTOK, November 19 (Itar-Tass) — An international youth forum on tiger protection has opened in Vladivostok.

Participants in the forum are students, members of volunteer movements and public environmental protection organisations, from 13 countries where tigers live at present. The 31 delegates represent Bangladesh, Bhutan, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Russia. Youth representatives from Britain also arrived in Vladivostok.

The schedule includes presentations and discussions on projects for tiger population preservation, trips to the Kedrovaya Pad preserve, the Leopard federal nature reserve, the Orlinoye state hunting area and a visit to the Land of Leopard.

The young people during six days will prepare plans of action to support tigers in their countries and work out a declaration of the youth on the tiger preservation problem. It will be presented in a television link to heads of government — participants in the international forum on tiger protection that will work in St. Petersburg from November 21-24.

According to the director of the Amur branch of the World Wildlife Fund in Russia, Yuri Darman, the youth forum in Vladivostok, which is held simultaneously with the Tiger Summit in St. Petersburg, is expected to unite active young people of the world and mark the beginning of the international youth movement Tiger Ambassadors. This generation of students and young specialists must carry out the main task — to double the number of tigers in wild nature by 2022, he noted.

Environmentalists plan to submit a plan to preserve the population of Amur tigers in the Primorsky and Khabarovsk Territories to the forum delegates for consideration. Among the planned measures are to completely stop Korean cedars cutting down, to set up a central Ussuri preserve to be a corridor for Amur tigers to go from Russia and China, to set up a federal traditional nature use territory at the Bikin River and include the river basin in the world heritage list.

19.11.2010, 10.38

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