WWF India’s hunt for the Youth Tiger Ambassadors is now over as it introduced to the country, two progressive minded youth to represent India at the upcoming Youth Tiger Summit at Vladivostok in Russia. These Young Tiger Ambassadors will represent India at the Youth Summit which will be held parallel to the International Tiger Forum which is being hosted by the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin from 21-24 Nov in St. Petersburg, Russia. The International Tiger Forum will be a one of its kind high level government meeting on tiger conservation.
The Tiger Forum will discuss the global action for the conservation and rehabilitations of tigers across their range. It promises to be the most significant meeting ever held to discuss the fate of a single non-human species. As of now, we know that saving the tigers requires a ”Preservationist” approach. Regional planning is important around tiger reserves to foster ecological connectivity between protected areas through integrated planning. Importance of this magnificent species and its future conservation strategies will be discussed at the international forum. The selected young ambassadors from India will take forward the urgency for action in the parallel Youth Tiger Summit.
The individuals selected are Anusha Shankar, a student of M.Sc. Ecology and Environmental Science at Pondicherry University and Devanshu Sood, a student of Class XI at The Shri Ram School (TSRS) in Gurgaon and a core member of TSRS’ Junior Tiger Task Force. Sharing her thoughts on getting this opportunity, Anusha said, “The natural world has always fascinated me. I decided, long ago, to pursue this passion professionally. The Youth Tiger Summit is a great opportunity for me to contribute to tiger conservation initiatives.” Adding his thoughts and enthusiasm, Devanshu added, “I feel that the youth are the future of the tiger, and I will continue to spread awareness about tiger conservation to the best of my capacity.”
Mr. Ravi Singh, CEO, WWF-India noted in his opening remarks that, “Holding a youth summit alongside the International Tiger Forum will be conveying the voices of the younger generation to the world about the fate of these magnificent cats.” The Youth will be emphasizing the importance of tiger conservation, its challenges and a vision for the future at the meet. So, the ultimate aim of the youth summit of ”educating the young generation about the facts and involving them to help solve the problem” will certainly be fulfilled.
Before the Youth Ambassadors embark on their journey to Russia, both of them signed a pledge of support to the cause of tiger conservation in the presence of Hon’ble Minister for Environment and Forests, Shri Jairam Ramesh. It is indeed time to save the tiger paws, before nature destroys us with its paws.