. A new project to start in 2014 aims to protect and conserve Bangladesh’s Royal Bengal Tiger.
The project, known as Bengal Tiger Conservation Activity, will be completely funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is set to have a 4-year duration.
Non-profit organization WildTeam was chosen as the lead partner for the project and will work together with The Smithsonian Institution and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies.
Other institutions will also be involved including the Government of Bangladesh, local communities, NGOs, international organizations, and the private sector.
USAID’s Bagh Project will designate about $13 million towards tiger conservation through: reducing illegal wildlife trafficking, minimizing human-wildlife conflict, enhancing communications, outreach, and gender engagement and improving livelihoods for conservation.
Dr M Anwarul Islam, WildTeam CEO and Professor of Zoology at the University of Dhaka, said: “USAID’s Bagh Project is the biggest project to date dedicated solely towards the protection of the majestic Royal Bengal tigers.
“WildTeam is honoured to have this wonderful opportunity to build upon our existing tiger conservation activities through USAID’s Bagh Project.”