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Tiger summit reaches bold agreement and raises $300 million

November 25, 2010
"There was clearly a loud roar from St Petersburg this week on behalf of the last remaining tigers on our planet”
- John Robinson, chief conservation officer with the Wildlife Conservation Society

Governments of 13 countries where tigers still live have endorsed a plan to save the big cats from extinction.

Delegates at a summit in St Petersburg, Russia, agreed to double tiger numbers by 2022.

The countries will focus on protecting tiger habitats, addressing poaching, illegal trade and providing the financial resources for the plan.

In the last 100 years, tiger numbers have dropped from about 100,000 to less than 3,500 tigers in the wild today.

There has been a 40% decline in numbers in a decade, and some populations are expected to disappear within the next 20 years.

The United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) says that the St Petersburg Declaration will strengthen international collaboration to protect the majestic Asian wild cat.

Celebrities, including film star Leonardo DiCaprio – who pledged $1m of his own money – and supermodel Naomi Campbell rubbed shoulders with Chinese premier Wen Jiabao and leading conservationists at the event in St Petersburg.

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