How does WWF protect the tiger?

WWF is one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organizations, with almost 5 million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries.

WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

The Amur branch of WWF-Russia has been working in the Russian Far East since 1994. WWF protects large plots of valuable forests and introduces sustainable forest management; saves the Far Eastern leopard, the Amur tiger and Oriental stork from extinction; conserves wetlands and rare birds of the Amur River; raise public awareness among kids and grown-ups.

Major WWF’s success over 15 years:

  • Within “Land of Leopard” program WWF builds capacity for saving remaining 35 Far Eastern leopards: each rare cat is known “in person” thanks to annual monitoring with camera traps. WWF supports anti-poaching and forest fire fighting brigades. The visitors centre was opened in the village of Barabash to raise public awareness and develop eco-tourism. But what is most important – in 2008, the unified protected area of 200 000 hectares was created covering Nature Reserve “Kedrovaya Pad” and federal refuge “Leopardovyi”. Adjacent 45 000 hectares of forests have been leased out as “conservation concession” where reforestation of Korean pine-broadleaved stands has been started.
  • WWF is one of the organisers of special Inspection “Tiger”; WWF supports on a constant basis ten mobile brigades that protect the Amur tiger and wild ungulates. Off-roaders and fuel for patrolling, outfit and field equipment, bonuses for the best inspectors allowed preventing rampancy of poachers and stabilizing tiger number at the level of 400-500 animals. Successful cooperation with the Far Eastern Operative Customs and the Customs Academy helps to “close” frontier for smugglers.
  • In the interest of long-term tiger habitats protection, WWF is developing a Tiger Eco-Net. In the last 15 years , in partnership with other organizations, 9 new protected areas covering 1,14 mln hectares have been created including 600 122 hectares of three national parks “Zov Tigra” (“Call of the Tiger”), “Udegeiskaya Legenda” (“Udege Legend”), and “Anyuiskii”. Within the project to mitigate impacts of climate change through forests protection financed by the German Government, WWF has assisted its partners to lease out unique Korean-pine-broadleaved forests covering more than 600 000 hectares as “conservation concession” for 49 years.
  • In the Sikhote-Alin mountain range, in 3,7 mln hectares of leased forests, WWF’s partners certify logging operations under Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards. Within the leased territories WWF has delineated high conservation value forests among which less-disturbed forests blocks, habitats of rare flora and fauna species. The logging companies set voluntary moratorium for cutting of 730 000 ha of this area.
  • To combat forest fires in the Amur tiger habitat WWF with the support of USAID has equipped seven forest fire fighting mobile brigades with radio stations, tractors, fire trucks. The legendary brigade “Kedr” (“Korean Pine”) was formed to halt illegal logging. Nowadays, WWF’s experts selflessly fight against “black” loggers in the efforts to save Korean pine-broadleaved forests and to ban Korean pine cutting.
  • A program to restore wild ungulate number developed with the support of WWF provides prey base for tigers and leopards. Methods to feed wild ungulates and to vaccinate wild boar for hog plague have been tested at model hunting estates. The experience gained at these estates has been applied across 2,5 mln hectares of key leopard and tiger habitats. Data of aerial survey-2009 indicates that wild ungulates density at the model hunting estates has been increased 2—2,5 times compared to 2004!
  • In cooperation with China and Mongolia WWF has initiated the “Green Belt of Amur” program. In the last 15 years, with the support of WWF, 7 federal and 33 regional protected areas were created on the Russian part of the Amur River basin covering 3,37 mln hectares; support is being provided to “Dauriya” and “Ozero Khanka” (“Khanka Lake”) transboundary reserves.
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