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India, China on save-tiger mission

delhi Updated: Aug 28, 2010 22:56 IST
Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan
Hindustan Times
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India and China are likely to set up a mechanism to share information on wildlife crimes at the ground level.

The body parts of tigers poached in India are believed to reach the domestic Chinese market from Myanmar and south-west Asia.

Recently, a huge cache of tigers body parts were seized at Guwahati airport en route to Thailand, from where it is was destined to China.

These are some of the issues India's top wildlife and forest officials are likely to discuss with officials of the state forestry administration of China next week in a joint effort to save tigers, listed as the most endangered species in the world in January 2010.

"India will seek details on the Chinese government scheme to make registration of Asian tigers mandatory," said an Indian wildlife official, who will be participating in the four-day visit starting from August 30.

China has just 50 tigers in the wild, but over 5,000 tigers in farms are believed to be the cause for the growing demand for its body parts.

China had assured the recent conference on tigers that it would register all tigers to keep an account of them.

Among the issues listed for discussion are the areas from where tigers and other wildlife body parts smuggling was taking place and measures to curb them.

"Sharing of intelligence between the countries is essential to check the illegal trade with a special focus on wildlife control," an official said.

India is also expected to ask China to become part of Global Tiger Forum (GTF), a network of 13 tiger-bearing countries. The forum has discussed ways to protect tigers but felt that without China, the biggest market for tiger body parts, any mechanism will be futile.

The officials also said that India would try to push the agenda approved at a recent meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species for imposing a ban on tiger farms. China has so far opposed this as the farms attract tourists.