World Bank Institute Sponsors Training for Tiger Protection in Thailand
January 2012: The World Bank Institute (WBI) is supporting the Global Tiger Initiative (GTI) through a tiger conservation program in Thailand, which focuses on patrolling and mapping threat levels, as well as training conservation professionals to aid in these efforts. The goal of the program is to protect tigers from poaching and illegal trafficking in order to preserve global biodiversity, and ultimately to double the number of tigers by 2022.
In early January, a two-week workshop, titled "Regional Smart Patrol Training for Tiger Conservation,” was jointly organized by WBI, the Government of Thailand – Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation, GTI, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. The workshop trained wildlife conservation professionals from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, Thailand, and Viet Nam in "smart patrol" and mapping in areas where the threats to tigers are most severe. [World Bank Press Release]