SOS - Save Our Species (SOS) Helps Fund SMART Technology to Help Save Endangered Tigers, According to Jean-Christophe Vié, Director of SOS

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SOS - Save Our Species (SOS), is helping to fund SMART technology to help save endangered tigers according to Jean-Christophe Vié, Deputy Director of IUCN’s Global Species Programme and Director of SOS.

The Malayan Tiger - an Endangered Species - photo by Craig Kasnoff

The Malayan Tiger - an Endangered Species - photo by Craig Kasnoff

Wild tigers are in a critical state with less than 3,500 individuals remaining, of which only around 1,000 are thought to be breeding females. Jean-Christophe Vié.

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SOS - Save Our Species(SOS), is helping to fund SMART technology to help save endangered tigers according to Jean-Christophe Vié, Deputy Director of IUCN’s Global Species Programme and Director of SOS.

“This project proposes to implement a new tool – SMART - for planning, implementing, monitoring and reporting law enforcement efforts in a number of breeding source sites across the tiger’s range,” says Vié. “The project will focus on four pilot sites selected from across the tigers range to fully field-test the software tool, and then a regional-scale roll out of SMART will be proposed across nine tiger sites encompassing Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Russia and Lao PDR.”

Vié says that by demonstrating progress in these nine sites, the project aims to catalyze action in other sites across the tigers range and to benefit the many other threatened species that share the tigers’ habitat and which depend upon effective enforcement and good local governance for their conservation.

Go here to learn more about SOS and the SMART project.

“Wild tigers are in a critical state with less than 3,500 individuals remaining, of which only around 1,000 are thought to be breeding females,” says Vié. “Breeding populations are scattered across a number of small areas and are at risk of further decline due to unsustainable hunting of the prey base and direct poaching to satisfy an illegal market for skins, bones and other body parts.”

Vié says current conservation strategy must adapt fast to change the status quo and improve enforcement effectiveness in protecting and recovering these breeding populations. Monitoring tools, supported by robust capacity-building initiatives, and designed to help law enforcement agencies empower their staff, boost motivation, increase efficiency, improve effectiveness and promote transparency are a central part of this strategy.

“Through SMART, we aim to reduce poaching pressure on tigers and their prey by strengthening the capacity and motivation of protected area staff in executing effective enforcement operations,” says Vié. “Much progress for tiger conservation has already been made on the political stage; this now needs to be underpinned by reliable measures of demonstrated progress on the ground with which to evaluate effectiveness and invest accordingly.”

SOS is a global coalition initiated by the three founding partners the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the World Bank to build the biggest species conservation fund, supporting on-the-ground field conservation projects all over the world.

The goal of SOS is to combine resources and funding experience from the World Bank and GEF, the authoritative science of IUCN and the resources and ingenuity of the private sector to create a mechanism that ensures sufficient funding goes to species conservation projects where and when it will have the most impact.

Go here to learn more about SOS and the SMART project.

Tigers In Crisis News was created by Endangered Species Journalist Craig Kasnoff to help promote the plight of endangered tigers and the efforts to save them from extinction in the wild.

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