The year of the tiger is almost upon us and with it will come a major new push in China to protect this most endangered of species. To mark this occasion, the FCCC brings together a stellar panel of experts from the World Bank and two leading conservation organisations to outline the current situation, the prospects for survival, a new report on the decline of habitat and the start of a wild tiger tourism program.
Since the last tiger year 12 years ago, the worldwide population of the animal has almost halved to 3,200. China has been among the worst affected. The South China tiger has not been seen for years and is feared extinct. Small numbers of Amur tiger remain in the northeast, but they are threatened by poaching and economic development.
Meanwhile, pressure is growing for a relaxation of the ban on trade in tiger products, particularly from the owners of tiger farms. Given these trends, the panel will consider what can be done to save the animal in its natural habitat.
Fan Zhiyong, species program director at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), will share findings from a new report on tiger habitat in China and discuss efforts to control the trade in tiger parts and the impact of captive breeding. He recently made headlines with a warning that the tiger could soon be extinct in the wild.
Carter Brandon, Head of the World Bank’s China environment program, will discuss the options for international cooperation with the Chinese government on a new program to conserve the Amur tiger. This comes ahead of a Tiger Summit in Vladivostok, Russia, this September, expected to be hosted by Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and co-chaired by the World Bank’s President Robert Zoellick.
Xie Yan, China Country Program Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society and an Associate Research Professor at the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, will look at grassroots problems and solutions, particularly the concerns of people living in Tiger areas and new initiatives to promote Tiger eco-tourism, tiger
festivals and awards for tiger conservation heroes.
DATE: Monday 8 February 2010
TIME: 11:30-13:30 (changed)
VENUE: Culture Wing of the Embassy of India (NOT at the Embassy of India)
Floor 11, East Tower, LG Twin Towers, Jianguomenwai Dajie (opposite Dongdaqiao Lu)
ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 50 rmb on the door to non-members
REGISTRATION: email firstname.lastname@example.org so we know numbers and for security clearance
**Bring passport or photo ID**
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Fan Zhiyong is the species program director at the WWF.
Carter Brandon oversees the World Bank-China program in Environment, Agriculture, and Forestry. Given the depth of the challenges, issues related to the environment, natural resources management, climate change, and rural poverty are central to the World Bank’s activities in China. From 2003 to 2008 he managed the World Bank environment, rural and social development programs in the Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay), and before that, managed environment projects in both South and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining the World Bank, he started and ran the Development Economics Group (1985-1993), specializing in trade and sector policy analysis. He graduated from Harvard University (B.A.) and Oxford University (DPhil, ABD, Agricultural Economics), where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Yan Xie is the China Country Program Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and an Associate Research Professor at the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She leads the WCS China Programme working in Qiangtang and Pamir in western China, Amur tiger habitat in north-east China, and a long-term programme on controlling wildlife trade. She served as coordinator of biodiversity studies under the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, a high level governmental advisory body, for over 10 years, where she made a great contribution to the country’s conservation policy. She is dedicated to provide biodiversity information for better conservation decision making — the Conserving China’s Biodiversity website and the China Species Information Service (CSIS) have become the most important biodiversity information hubs in China. Yan also led the evaluation of more than 10,000 species for the China Red List. She is a prolific writer with many important conservation books under her belt including A Guide to the Mammals of China published in 2008 and Biodiversity Atlas of China in 2009.