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Vietnam commits to tiger conservation

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm




Vietnam commits to tiger conservation


QĐND – Saturday, November 27, 2010, 21:42 (GMT+7)

Vietnam stands ready to cooperate with foreign countries and international organizations in improving tiger conservation on its own soil and the region as whole.

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen made this commitment at a historic tiger conservation forum held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, from November 21-24.

Tuyen also pledged to fulfil the target of the Global Tiger Initiative as a key element in the effort to protect biodiversity.

“Vietnam is committed to full involvement in and stronger support for relevant regional or global programmes,” said the Deputy Minister. He cited the ASEAN-Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) website, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and Interpol as evidence of this.

He also pledged full participation in other bilateral and multilateral frameworks on conservation of tigers in particular and biodiversity in general.

The summit, hosted by Russian Prime Minister V. Putin, was the first international forum on conservation of an endangered wildlife species.

The event was attended by high-profile representatives from 13 countries home to wild tigers, namely India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand, China and Vietnam. Also present were representatives of UN agencies and foreign non-governmental organisations engaged in biodiversity conservation.

At the summit, governments capped a year-long political process with about 127 million USD in new funding to support the plan known as the Global Tiger Recovery Programme. The funding will include a large loan package from the World Bank to some tiger range countries and millions in additional grants from the Global Environment Facility.

The World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) committed 50 million USD over the next five years on tiger conservation and set a goal of increasing that to 85 million USD.

The Global Tiger Initiative was raised by the WB President in 2008 with tiger range countries committed to doubling the current wild tiger population of close to 3,200 individuals by 2022.

Source: VNA


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Focus on India as world meets to save tiger

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 6:50 am

As Russia hosts an unprecedented summit on saving the wild tiger, much of the attention is focusing on India, home to nearly half of the big cats but also a leading centre for poaching.


Experts here said that despite positive steps, India is struggling to deal with poaching, with poor villagers willing to kill and sell tigers for just 100 dollars and the rangers charged with protecting the animals under-paid and poorly equipped.


“Poaching is the major threat, number two is habitat destruction,” said Satya Prakash Yadav, an official with India’s environment ministry taking part in the summit of 13 nations in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg.

An Indian Royal Bengal tiger at the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad in June 2010.

India is home to 1,411 tigers of the estimated 3,200 still living in the wild but also to 54 percent of poaching and trafficking cases. According to a recent report by the Traffic International non-governmental organisation, more than 1,000 tigers have been killed in the last decade in Asia.


“People living around the tiger reserves are always poor and if you come offering them a big price for the tigers they will take it,” said Sejal Worah, the director of the World Wildlife Fund’s Indian branch.


“The poacher gets only 100 dollars but the price of all the parts could be a 100 or 200 times more than that.”


Much of the poaching is fuelled by demand for tiger parts in Thailand, where there are far fewer of the wild cats, she said.


Good laws are in place to protect tigers in India, but enforcement has been lax, said Vivek Menon, the director for Southeast Asia for the International Fund for Animal Protection (IFAW), which has trained more than 7,000 rangers in India, a third of the country’s anti-poaching force.


“We have seven years in prison, not fines, if you kill a tiger…. What more do you want? India has very good laws. But the problem is the implementation in such a big country,” he said.


“For many years, nobody went to jail. Before, the judiciary never convicted. That has changed in the last five-six years and this is a good step.”


India’s federal government launched a tiger protection programme in 2007 with several million dollars allocated to urgent measures to cut down on poaching.


Among other efforts, the government recently began hiring retired soldiers to work on tiger reserves.


But Worah said the rangers are working in difficult conditions, hampering their efforts.


“It’s difficult and thankless work,” she said. “Often they are not paid for months and they are badly equipped. Sometimes they don’t even have boots or raincoats.”


Another effort has seen Indian authorities displace villages located in reserves to install tigers in the area. India is expected to commit during the summit to creating protected zones for tigers free of infrastructure, roads and people — a move that is likely to engender controversy.


“In a country like India it is difficult to reserve a zone and to say this is only for tigers and not for anything or anyone else. We don’t have the kind of space that Russia has,” Worah said.


“Social problems are competing with the tigers. It is a fight every day. But it is not a fight we are losing. We make two steps forward for every step back,” Menon said.


Animal-rights groups say the tiger population in India has fallen from 5,000 to fewer than 2,000 in the last five years, despite the allocation of 32,000 square kilometres (12,800 square miles) of sanctuary space.

Still, experts said India has scored some successes in its efforts to save the tiger and they hope the country is on the right track.

“Many of the success stories we talked about even here at the summit are from India,” Worah said.

“India is not a bad example, it’s just a realistic example,” Menon said.

Source: SGGP

World leaders scramble for funds to save the tiger

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:06 am

Two Vietnamese to attend Int’l Youth Tiger Summit

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Russia summit seeks to save tiger from extinction

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 4:26 am

Tiger reserves to be formed in Highlands

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm




Tiger reserves to be formed in Highlands


QĐND – Thursday, July 01, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

Five tiger reserves will be established in the Central Highlands and southern provinces under a national programme to preserve and expand the country’s tiger population.


The development of tiger conservation areas is the first step in the national programme, said Hoang Thanh Nhan, an official from the Biodiversification Conservation Department under the Vietnam Environment Agency (NEA). 


The programme, designed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in co-operation with foreign experts, was in response to the Global Tiger Initiative launched by the World Bank to protect the Asian tiger from extinction by 2020. 


The five areas will be established in the Central Highland provinces of Dak Lak, Kon Tum and Dak Nong, the southern province of Binh Phuoc and the central province of Quang Nam. 


York Don National Park in Dak Lak will be a key area in the programme and will be developed in close co-ordination between forest protection staff, border police and non-government organisations. 


When the reserves in operation, qualified staff and modern facilities will take on the protection, supervision and management work, said Nhan at a national tiger conservation seminar held recently in Hanoi . 


The number of wild tigers in Vietnam has dropped sharply over the past few decades and they face extinction within the next ten years, said experts at the seminar. 


Although Vietnam is one of the 13 countries in the world to have a wild tiger population, the country now has less than 50 wild tigers that are in serious danger of extinction, due to hunting and deforestation, according to Nguyen The Dong, the NEA’s vice chairman. 


In Vietnam, tigers have habitually lived along the border between Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, in the central provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, the Central Highland provinces and the southern province of Binh Phuoc . 


However, the tiger population only numbers a handful in many of these areas, with some districts only possessing paper records of tiger numbers backed by little evidence of real tiger populations, he said. 


Nguyen Manh Hiep from the NEA’s Nature Conservation Department suggested setting up a dedicated wild-life border patrol because wild tiger populations were not confined to just Vietnam but regularly crossed borders. 


Hiep added that another reason for the decline was that Vietnamese and other Asian people hunt tigers for their body parts to manufacture supposed medicines. People also believe that tiger teeth will help them avoid bad luck


Source: VOVNews/VNA


Source: QDND

Tiger reserves to be formed in Highlands

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 10:19 am




Tiger reserves to be formed in Highlands


QĐND – Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

Five tiger reserves will be established in the central Highlands and southern provinces under a national programme to preserve and develop the country’s tiger population.


The development of tiger conservation areas is the first step in the national programme, according to Hoang Thanh Nhan, an official from the Biodiversification Conservation Department, Vietnam Environment Agency (NEA).


The programme designed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in co-operation with foreign experts was in response to the Global Tiger Initiative launched by the World Bank to protect the Asian tiger from extinction by 2020.


The five areas will be established in the Central Highlands provinces of Dac Lac, Kon Tum and Dac Nong, the southern province of Binh Phuoc and the central province of Quang Nam.


Yor Don National Park in Dac Lac would be a key area in tiger conservation programme which will be developed in close co-ordination between forest protection staff, border police and non-government organisations.


When the reserves are put into operation, qualified staff and facilities will undertake protection, supervision and management work, Nhan said at a consultant national programme tiger conservation seminar held recently in Hanoi .


Wild tigers in Vietnam have sharply declined in number over the past few decades and face the risk of extinction within the next ten years, said experts at the seminar.


Although Vietnam is one of 13 countries worldwide that host wild tiger populations, the country has less than 50 wild tigers that are in serious danger of extinction, according to Nguyen The Dong, the NEA’s vice chairman.


In Vietnam , tigers have habitually lived along the border between Vietnam , Laos and Cambodia , in the central provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Central Highland provinces and the southern province of Binh Phuoc .


However, the tiger population numbered a handful in many of these areas, with some districts only possessing paper records of tiger numbers backed by little evidence of real tiger populations, he said.


Nguyen Manh Hiep from the NEA’s Nature Conservation Department suggested the establishment of a dedicated wild-life border patrol because wild tiger populations were not confined to just Vietnam but regularly crossed borders.


Wild tigers in Vietnam are under threat from activities such as hunting and deforestation that had led to a loss in habitat and food sources, he said.


Hiep added that another reason for the decline was Vietnamese and Asian people hunting tigers for their body parts in the manufacturing of supposed medicine. People also believe that tiger teeth help them avoid bad luck.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

India seizes tiger bones on way to China

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Indian customs officers seized the third shipment of tiger bones and other animal parts, worth 230,000 dollars and destined for use in traditional medicine in China.


A customs official said the officers found tiger bones, skulls, and 125 kilogrammes of scales from pangolins, rare scaly mammals that are distant relatives of the anteater and a protected species in India.


“The animal products were estimated at about 10.66 million rupees if sold on the international black market,” customs superintendent S. Das told AFP.


Customs officials, acting on a tip-off, had also seized two other shipments at the international airport in the eastern city of Guwahati on Wednesday and Thursday.


In total, the raids netted contraband worth about 660,000 dollars.

A tiger rests in its enclosure at the Zoological Park in New Delhi on April 14, 2010

On average, poachers kill 30 tigers every year in Indian reserves, with demand driven by China where pelts, claws and bones are prized in traditional medicine.


In 2008, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh set up a national wildlife crime prevention bureau, drawing experts from the police, environmental agencies and customs in a bid to break up the poaching network.


Tiger hunting is illegal worldwide and the trade in tiger parts is banned under a treaty binding 167 countries, including India.


There are estimated 1,400 tigers living in the wild in India, according to conservation group WWF.


In August of 2009, an Indian delegation in Beijing asked China for full co-operation for controlling cross-border trafficking of tiger parts and to send a clearer message to smugglers, but no official agreement was reached

Source: SGGP

Tiger ends month of misery as an Invisible Man

In Vietnam Sports on December 28, 2009 at 7:45 am








(File) Tiger Woods talks to the press after his practice round on August 11, 2009 at the 91st PGA Championship at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. (AFP photo)

PALM BEACH, Florida, Dec 27, 2009 (AFP) – One month after his one-car crash touched off a sensational sex scandal that drew the world’s attention, Tiger Woods has become an Invisible Man even as his world has collapsed around him.


In the early morning hours of November 27, Woods struck a tree and fire hydrant when he lost control of his car, and was rushed to a hospital with facial cuts and bruises. He hailed his wife Elin as a hero who rescued him by smashing the vehicle’s back windows with golf clubs.


But where was he going at such an hour? What made him lose control of the vehicle? Why smash the windows farthest from Woods? Did a tabloid report days earlier about an affair spark a marital spat?


Answers to those questions remain unconfirmed, despite reports from celebrity website and a reckless driving traffic citation against Woods.


However the golf superstar’s own admissions of infidelity, “transgressions” and “personal sins” give credence to lurid claims by at least 14 women who say they had affairs with Woods.


In one of the most stunning falls from grace ever seen, Woods’s squeaky-clean marketing juggernaut image was destroyed.


An audiotape of a phone call one of the mistresses released with a voice sounding like Woods was followed hours later by a Woods statement vaguely confessing to wrongdoings.


The 14-time major champion, who skipped his own charity event saying that his accident injuries kept him from attending, later announced he was taking an indefinite leave from his pro golf career.


While Woods went undercover, sponsors began pulling his once-omnipresent image from advertisements.


Watchmaker Tag Heuer and razor-blade giant Gillette quit using his image during his hiatus. Telecommunications giant AT&T was reevaluating Woods as a spokesman. Technology, management and outsourcing consultancy Accenture dropped its deal altogether.


Nike however issued unqualified support in Woods’s darkest hour.


Reports followed at dizzying speed, the latest being Elin having hired a Hollywood celebrity divorce lawyer and taken her children with Woods — 10-month-old son Charlie and two-year-old daughter Sam — to an island home she bought in Sweden.


Clearly, Woods had hopes for a better first Christmas for his son.


Woods was said to be hitting golf balls alone at night to cope with the firestorm. Other reports said he had rekindled a relationship with Rachel Uchitel, the New York show club hostess who was the first mistress revealed.


Uchitel was visiting the same Australian hotel as Woods when he was playing an event Down Under, and claimed she was visiting her parents over the holidays when she showed up in Palm Beach, Florida, close to where Woods has his 20 million-dollar luxury yacht “Privacy” docked.


Bikini-clad beach photos of Uchitel were making the internet rounds over the holiday weekend.


As the scandal unfolded, Woods became a punch line for comedians, with even Disney working a line about the score of alleged Woods affairs into a show at Disneyland.


As 2010 loomed, so did a US PGA Tour season without Woods, whose absence cuts attendance at tournaments and television viewership by 50 percent, adding stress to a sponsor list already weakened by the struggling economy.


A scandal that began with unanswered questions now has one major mystery — when, if ever, will Woods return to his quest to break the record 18 major titles won by Jack Nicklaus?


Nearly everyone with a connection to the matter expects a whirlwind of media attention and huge global interest when Woods plays in his next event, just as they understand why Woods might need a break to cope with the revelations of a life far different than model family-man he portrayed.


Reminding people why they were fascinated with him in the first place could be the road back for Woods, but long months await the superstar once known for his uncanny ability to focus on his game under the most tense pressure.


This time, he’s in the game of his life.


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Shocked golf world, sponsors ponder life without Tiger

In World on December 14, 2009 at 4:46 am

ORLANDO, Florida (AFP) – Tiger Woods faced more fallout from his sex scandal Sunday as stunned rivals said they looked forward to his return after an indefinite break in his golfing career and corporate sponsors pondered their future cooperation with the billionaire athlete.








Copies of Us Weekly magazine featuring the story on Tiger Woods and an interview with alleged mistress Jaimee Grubbs (AFP file)

Woods announced Friday he was taking a hiatus from professional golf and admitted he had cheated on wife Elin after reports that 10 women had claimed to have had sexual relationships with the 14-time major champion.


“It’s a shock. It was most definitely a shock to everybody to hear what has been going on,” third-ranked US golfer Steve Stricker said. “Hopefully he gets it straight. Staying away is a great thing to get his family life in order.”


World number one Woods, who has a son and daughter with Elin, said he wanted to work on being a better husband, father and person.


Australian golf legend Greg Norman said those should be his priorities for now.


“It’s not a good position to be in,” Norman said. “He has to sort out his private life first and foremost. There’s a lot of heartache for him. There may be some fallout. There are individuals who may have to change.


“The important thing is he gets it right and does what he has to do to get himself back out on the golf course. Tiger will come out of this.”


A major concern is how a prolonged absence by the game’s greatest player will hit the sport. Television viewership was down 50 percent when he was out with a knee injury and a tough economy has already cut into golf sponsorships.


“The game of golf is bigger than anybody,” Norman said. “Golf is hurt without him in the field but the game will go on.”


Woods sponsor Gillette announced Saturday it would phase him out of advertisements while he takes a break from golf, calling it a supportive move.


“As Tiger takes a break from the public eye, we will support his desire for privacy by limiting his role in our marketing programs,” a Gillette statement said without announcing a timetable for the resumption of use of Woods’ image.


Accenture took down an image of Woods on its website and AT&T, which backs the PGA event operated by Woods’s foundation, said in a statement, “We are presently evaluating our ongoing relationship with him.”


However, Nike, which is Woods’ largest corporate partner with a deal estimated at 40 million dollars a year, stood by him. “He is the best golfer in the world and one of the greatest athletes of his era,” Nike spokeswoman Beth Gast said.


Women such as a show club hostess, pancake restaurant waitress, porn star and cocktail waitress have alleged affairs with Woods, whose squeaky-clean image was shattered, raising concerns of sponsors pulling away from golf.


“I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children. I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness,” Woods said.


The Woods scandal also makes fans and sponsors take a second look at all golfers.


“We’re still a very morally sound sport,” US veteran Jerry Kelly said. “The corporate world, they love Tiger and they love attaching to that superstar athlete, but there’s a lot to be gained from the PGA.”


Woods became a billionaire mainly through endorsements but his TV allure, as a Superman-like player rarely overtaken when leading late, brought sponsors and huge prize money to the PGA, already hit by cuts due to the struggling economy.Related article: Tiger Woods facts


“We’re definitely going to miss him,” Stricker said. “We all know what he brings when he comes to an event — increased awareness and increased crowds.”


Stricker pondered the now-shattered notion so many Woods fans had that he was as impressive out of the spotlight as he was when winning golf titles.


“It’s unfair how we have built him up over the years,” Stricker said. “On the course he’s one of a kind. No one really knows what he was like off the course. He’s a tough guy to get around. He has his own little group.


“Hopefully he gets his priorities straight and gets back soon. There’s no doubt we need him. We need him out here because of sponsorships and just the awareness of our tour in general.”


US PGA veteran Brad Faxon agreed that Woods is vital to the PGA’s future.


“We’re all hoping Tiger comes back and he fixes everything he needs to fix because we need him out here,” Faxon said. “He’s such a dynamic personality and I know (people) want to have him out on tour as soon as we can get him.”


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