In the Far East, the Minister of Natural Resources summed up the intermediate results of the amur tiger census

  • 24.02.2015
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In the Far East, the Minister of Natural Resources summed up the intermediate results of the amur tiger census

At meeting in Vladivostok the reports of the Directors United the administration of the reserve "Kedrovaya Pad" and national Park "Land of Leopard" joint Directorate of Lazovsky nature reserve and national Park "Zov tiger", the "Sikhote-Alin state nature biosphere reserve". Participants spoke about the state of Amur tiger population in their respective constituencies about the progress of the count, and discussed prospects for implementation of the Strategy of Amur tiger conservation in Russia.

“Already the initial analysis of the collected data allows us to say with confidence that the Strategy for the conservation of the Amur tiger, including its reintroduction into the wild, is beginning to bear fruit - the range of the rare animal is expanding.  In addition, thanks to the first results of accounting, we can analyze the dynamics of population development.  Thus, in the Khabarovsk Krai, the resettlement of tigers to the north-west proceeds in a natural way.  At the same time, in the Jewish Autonomous and Amur regions resettlement is mixed and includes both natural migration and reintroduction,” noted Sergey Donskoy.

Sergey Aramilev, Director of the Primorsky Branch of the Amur Tiger Center, made a separate report on the progress of work on accounting and issues affecting the population of the Amur tiger. According to him, the accounting of large predators passed in stages and covered all tiger habitats.

“Now we can say with confidence that the most difficult “field” stage of work on accounting for the Amur tiger and the Amur leopard is almost complete.  Coordinators have a difficult process of primary data processing and their comparison.  The process is quite complicated, so waiting for preliminary results is only by May of this year.  Accounting results are not only numbers, it is an opportunity to determine areas of an area with unfavorable conditions; it is precisely such “disturbing” territories that state and public organizations should pay attention to,” - Sergey Aramilev.  “In addition, the territories where it is necessary to find a compromise solution between a man and a large cat — a tiger and a leopard — will be understood.”

After the workshop, an agreement was signed on cooperation between the Ministry of natural resources and ecology of the Russian Federation and the Amur tiger Center, which cemented the already existing close cooperation of the two institutions on issues of preserving and studying populations of rare Far Eastern predators. The agreement involves joint efforts to improve the effectiveness of government programs and activities to implement the Strategy of Amur tiger conservation. Under the agreement, will develop a plan of joint activities to reforestation, the support of specially protected natural areas and hunting farms development and improvement of mechanisms for environmental protection, introduction of new methods of study and conservation of tiger and its habitat.

“Tight joint activities of the staff of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia and the Amur Tiger Center will contribute to increasing the efficiency of the state’s activities in the field of conservation of rare and endangered species in accordance with the interests of our country.  The experience of interaction between these two structures on the example of preparing and conducting a thorough accounting of the Amur tiger showed the effectiveness of joint work, which gives hope for the successful joint implementation of state-significant projects,” - said  Alexandra Vishnevskaya, acting Director General of the Amur Tiger Center.

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