The Prime Minister has passed a national programme on tiger protection for the 2014-2022 period, according to the Vietnam Government Portal.

The programme aims to protect and preserve tigers, their habitats and preys; gradually prevent the declining number of the cats in the wild by 2020 and fulfill the country’s commitments to the Global Tiger Recovery Programme (GTRP).

Tiger habitats subjected to protection include national parks namely Vu Quang (Ha Tinh province), Pu Mat (Nghe An province), Yok Don (Dak Lak province), Chu Mom Ray (Kon Tum province), and two nature reserves of Sop Cop (Son La province) and Song Thanh (Quang Nam province).

The task will be integrated with related programmes and strategies such as the Forest Development Strategy by 2020 with a vision towards 2030 and the National Biodiversity Conservation Strategy by 2020 with a vision towards 2030.

The programme strengthens management and supervision of tiger population, investigates tiger farms and set up a national database to manage and identify captive tigers.

Earlier, the WWF ranked Vietnam as the worst country for wildlife crime in its first such survey of how well 23 countries in Asia and Africa protect rhinos, tigers and elephants.-VNA