WWF Nepal’s Youth Tiger Ambassadors in Russia

December 10, 2010 at 6:42 am

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WWF Nepal’s Youth Tiger Ambassadors Pradeep Rijal and Kabita Kunwar, before leaving Kathmandu to participate in the Youth Tiger Summit to be held in Vladivostok, Russia from 18-24 November, 2010
The International Tiger Conservation Forum is expected to be a most significant meeting for tiger conservation with participation by Heads of States of tiger range countries. The Forum will prepare the Global Tiger Recovery Program to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022 (the next Year of the Tiger).

The International Youth Forum organized by WWF will take place from 18-24 November 2010 in Vladivostok, home to the Amur tiger, at the same time as the high level meeting. Youth from various tiger range countries will participate in this Youth Forum and help draw further attention to the importance of tiger conservation and convey the concern of the future generation on the plight of this species.

WWF Nepal has selected two students, Kabita Kunwar and Pradeep Rijal who will represent Nepal at this Youth Forum. The Youth Ambassadors will visit Siberian tiger trails and get a first hand account of the state of wild tiger populations in Russia and measures being taken for their conservation. They will also develop a Youth Declaration on tiger conservation, which will be presented to the Tiger Forum, via video- conference between Vladivostok and St. Petersburg.

Kabita Kunwar hails from Jagatpur, situated in the Buffer Zone of Chitwan National Park, home to the highest tiger population in Nepal. She is a Grade 11 student of Orchid Science College, Chitwan and an active member of the WWF Eco Club. Her Eco Club led a massively successful Signature Campaign to raise awareness on Rhino and Tiger Conservation in 2006. “The Earth is home to every living being. Human beings should take responsibility for the conservation of wildlife as they are the ones who are now destroying the habitats of wildlife like tigers. I see the Youth Tiger Forum as a great opportunity to raise my voice in the world for the preservation of tigers and other biodiversity,” said Kabita, before leaving for Russia.

Pradeep Rijal, from Thakurdwara, situated in the Buffer Zone of the Bardia National Park, is a Bachelors level student of Madya Paschim Multiple Campus, Nepalgunj. The Eco Club he was leading received the prestigious Abraham Conservation Award in 1999. “I have been devoting my time to preserve tigers since my childhood. I have great interest in this area. I want to conduct research in this field as well. So, I am looking forward to participating in the Youth Forum so that I can collect invaluable experiences and knowledge,” said Pradeep.

At the Youth Forum, the two Nepali Youth Tiger Ambassadors will make a presentation on present tiger conservation status in Nepal and also perform a special play titled “Greed of Wealth” based on tiger conservation efforts in Nepal.

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