Nepal celebrates Global Tiger Day 2017 at NTNC

Nepal celebrates Global Tiger Day 2017 at NTNC

 

In solidarity for the magnificent and precious cat, Nepal celebrated the Global Tiger Day 2017 at the NTNC Auditorium this Saturday. Organized under the leadership of the Nepal Government's Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), along with the support of the Government's conservation partners NTNC, WWF and ZSL,  up to 500 participants from all walks accompanied the event. Participants comprised mostly of young students, conservationists and development partners, researchers and experts, media persons along with high level government representatives, with the chief guest as the Secretary of the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, (also the NTNC Trustee) Mr. Prakash Mathema.

Aimed at engaging one another to the cause of the special yet highly threatened species, this year's event was  celebrated under the theme ‘Fresh Ecology For Tigers’ Protection'.  Besides a presentation that was made on the global and national context of tiger populations along with their overreaching significnace, an expert panel discussion voiced the urgency for all to understand the invaluable role of tigers, their importance and impact as an 'umbrella species' in contributing to shaping a healthy eco-system.

This year marks the 7th episode of the global event since its inception in Saint Petersburg in 2010 that undertakes to double tiger population by 2022. Estimated to have been around 100,000 at the beginning of the 20th century, by 2010 there were only about 3200 tigers. Today there are about 3900 of them in the wild. Understanding this dire crisis, Nepal has also joined in the global commitment to double global tiger population by 2022. The total number of tigers in Nepal continue to show an improving status, from 121 tigers in 2009 to 198 tigers according to the last official count in 2013.