WWF-India introduces Youth Tiger Ambassadors ahead of International Tiger Forum

Posted on 14 November 2010

WWF India’s Youth Tiger Ambassadors to this month’s Youth Summit on tiger conservation in Russia have signed a pledge of support to the cause of  tiger conservation  in the presence of the Honourable Minister for Environment and Forests, Shri Jairam Ramesh.

he Youth Tiger Ambassadors were introduced ahead of the International Tiger Forum, which is being hosted by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin from 21-24 Nov in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Youth Summit, which is being held in parallel to the Tiger Forum, will take place near the territory of the largest Tiger sub-species, the Amur Tiger, in the Russian Far East city of Vladivostok.

he International Tiger Forum seeks to prompt global action for the conservation and rehabilitation of tigers across their range. It promises to be the most significant meeting ever held to discuss the fate of a single non-human species.

WF-India selected two students, Anusha Shankar and Devanshu Sood, who will represent India at Youth Summit. They will be a part of the delegation comprising representatives from all the countries which have wild tiger populations. The Youth Ambassadors will visit Amur tiger trails and get a first hand account of the state of wild tiger populations in Russia and measures being taken for their conservation. They will also develop a Youth Declaration on tiger conservation, which will be presented to Heads of State and other leaders at the Tiger Forum via video- conference between Vladivostok and St. Petersburg.

iger Ambassador Anusha Shankar, a student of M.Sc Ecology and Environmental Science at Pondicherry University, in India said, “The natural world has always fascinated me. The Youth Tiger Summit is a great opportunity for me to contribute to tiger conservation initiatives. It is our responsibility to develop a future that is better than the past, and I intend to use innovative and creative ways to spread awareness about this.”

iger Ambassador Devanshu Sood, a student at Shriram School in Gurgaon has been a core member of his schools’ Junior Tiger Task Force for eight years. He feels that being a part of the tiger conservation programme has been a life-changing experience for him, concluding, “I feel that the youth are the future of the tiger, and I will continue to spread awareness about tiger conservation to the best of my capacity.”

n his opening remarks, Mr Ravi Singh, CEO, WWF-India said, “Holding a youth summit alongside the International Tiger Forum will convey the voices of the younger generation to the world about the fate of these magnificent cats. The Youth Tiger Summit presents a wonderful opportunity to the participants to learn from others, share experiences and contribute towards tiger conservation efforts in their respective countries.”

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