After a successful first call for proposals in October last year, IUCN's Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) is now calling for a second round of proposals from eligible applicants.
The Endangered Tiger (Panthera tigris) now persists in only 6% of its former range. Three of the nine subspecies (Bali, Caspian and Javan) became extinct in the last century with a fourth subspecies (South China) not seen in the wild since the 1970s. In a concerted effort to conserve remaining tiger populations, the 13 tiger range countries came together at the International Tiger Forum in St Petersburg, Russia in 2010 and pledged to double tiger populations by 2022.
Although there have been some recent success stories in tiger conservation, with populations appearing to have increased in India, tiger populations continue to face serious threats in the form of poaching, habitat loss and fragmentation, and loss of prey. Coupled with this is a growing human population living in and around critical tiger habitats subsisting on forest resources. This not only places increasing pressure on tiger habitats but increases human-tiger conflicts. As human populations continue to grow alongside growing tiger populations, increasing pressures and conflicts will need to be managed sustainably in the long-term. To achieve this, the Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) was initiated by IUCN in 2014 thanks to funding from KfW and the German Government. The programme funds projects on the conservation of wild tiger populations and their habitats, and on the sustainable development of livelihoods of human communities living in and around key tiger habitats.
The first call for concepts was launched in October last year, and resulted in a number of concepts being received from across the nine countries eligible for funding under this programme: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal and Viet Nam. The concepts were submitted by some very strong partnerships between NGOs, Government Departments and local communities, and were innovative and of high quality. Competition was fierce and unfortunately not all proposals could be funded. The project proposals shortlisted under the first call are currently being finalized by applicants. Today, on 10 June 2015, IUCN is launching a second call for proposals. Potential applicants are invited to visit this page.