HA NOI – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has submitted the draft of the National Tiger Conservation Programme by 2022 to the Prime Minister.
The number of wild tigers in Viet Nam is estimated at 28-47 individuals living in remote forests and facing a high risk of extinction due to illegal hunting, trafficking and deforestation.
The programme aims to conserve and grow the population of wild tigers in Viet Nam, contributing to the target of doubling the number of wild tigers by 2022 across the globe.
Under the draft, at least one wild tiger conservation area would be set up and the potential locations include Muong Nhe Nature Reserve and the National Parks of Pu Mat, Vu Quang, Chu Mom Ray and Yok Don.
Tigers are expected to be raised and set free in the wild through an ongoing project, and tighter controls would be put in place by 2015.
Public awareness of wild tiger conservation needs to be heightened in order to reduce the domestic consumption of tiger products.
Laws relating to wild tiger conservation would be strictly imposed and establishments such as speciality restaurants, oriental medicine pharmacies and souvenir shops would be closely monitored to prevent illegal trading of wild tiger products. – VNS