A workshop on building criteria and indices for supervising the Global Tiger Recovery Programme (GTRP) took place in Hanoi on August 2.

Attending the event were representatives from international organisations involving in the preservation of bio-diversification and 13 countries which host tiger populations, including India , Bangladesh , Bhutan , Thailand , Cambodia , Indonesia , Laos , Malaysia , Myanmar , Nepal , China , Russia and Vietnam .

Speaking at the workshop, Deputy Director of the General Department of Forestry Ha Cong Tuan said that tiger is an endangered species of wide animal in the globe which is protected by the laws of countries which have tigers in nature.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) prohibits the exploitation of tigers and international trade in this wild animal for commercial purposes, he added.

The participants discussed indices and strategies to supervise the progress of the GTRP as well as the development of a science that follows tigers and their habitats and food.

Tiger number has plummeted from about 100,000 in the 1950s to 3,200 in the wild today. Three sub-species of tigers have become extinct due to illegal hunting and trade, and the degradation of their habitats.

Being aware of the importance of tigers, tiger-inhabited countries and international organisations have implemented many activities to preserve the species and its habitats.

Almost all nations with tigers living in nature have completed their National Tiger Recovery Progrmames (NTRP) and are jointly building the Global Tiger Recovery Progrmames with a commitment to double tiger number by 2020./.