World Bank President and Business Leaders Discuss Tiger Protection

World Bank25 February 2012: World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick met with world business leaders from Singapore, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia to brainstorm initiatives to promote biodiversity by saving the 3,200 remaining wild tigers in Asia from extinction.

With the species of wild tigers in rapid decline in Asia, Zoellick and other business leaders are coordinating an initiative to preserve biodiversity that includes linking various tiger protection organizations and creating a forum to disseminate knowledge about the issue. The meeting built on the 2008 Global Tiger Initiative and the 2010 Tiger Summit in St. Petersburg.

The meeting focused on means of engaging business partners to create a successful campaign against poaching and change attitudes about tiger products within the region. Participants also discussed establishing an advisory council to organize programmes to address these conservation issues. [World Bank Press Release]