Malayan Tiger Conservation Project | WWF Malaysia

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Towards Zero Poaching

Malayan Tiger Conservation Project

WWF-Malaysia’s Tigers Alive! project was initiated following the completion of WWF-Malaysia’s human-tiger conflict work in FELDA Jerangau Barat, Terengganu in 2003.

This project subsequently kicked off in Jeli, Kelantan, where human-tiger conflict was a major issue at that time. Since then, the project has expanded to the greater Belum-Temengor Forest Complex, a priority area for tigers as identified under the National Tiger Action Plan.
With support from partners and stakeholders, this project aims to develop long-term measures to improve the protection and management of key tiger populations and their habitats.

This project will contribute towards the National Tiger Action Plan, a government strategy outlining the steps to be taken to ensure the long-term survival of tigers in the wild.
The tiger project employs a holistic approach for tiger conservation, and is currently focusing on the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex as well as the larger Banjaran Titiwangsa (Main Range) landscape.

The objectives of this project include reducing poaching activities, conducting scientific monitoring on the population dynamics of tigers and their prey, raising awareness and reducing human-tiger conflicts through community engagement and educational programmes, ensuring forest connectivity, as well as monitoring land-use changes in tiger landscapes and communicating the cause and effects of human activities on nature to everyone.

Each component forms an important part of a broader approach to addressing tiger conservation issues in Malaysia. The main efforts that are carried out by WWF-Malaysia can be divided into three areas: 
Community Engagement 

CA|TS stands for Conservation Assured | Tiger Standards, and was developed by tiger and protected area experts.

Its goal is to effectively conserve, well-manage and ecologically connect tiger habitats to maintain, secure and recover viable populations. It also demonstrates and promotes the best practice in protected area management in Asia. 

CA|TS was officially launched in 2013 and is an important part of Tx2, the global goal to double wild tiger numbers by the year 2022.

It is basically a set of criteria which allow tiger sites to check if their management will lead to successful tiger conservation.

It is organized under seven pillars and 17 elements of critical management activity. 

The seven pillars are:
• importance and status
• management
• community
• tourism
• protection
• habitat management
• tiger populations
Sites taking part will initially be ‘registered’ (standards not yet attained) and when all required standards are met, ‘approved’ (standards achieved). An approved site is one that has achieved excellence in tiger site management, after thorough evaluation through an assessment and independent review process. 
As of 10 April 2017, the Royal Belum State Park in Perak successfully registered for CA|TS with the help of WWF-Malaysia, making Malaysia the first country in Southeast Asia to register a site for CA|TS.

Key Contact

Darshana Sivanantham
Communications Manager
Peninsular Malaysia Terrestrial Conservation Programme 
WWF-Malaysia, Peninsular Malaysia Office (HQ)
T: +603 7450 3773

Current Partners and Funders

Main government partners

Department of Wildlife and National Parks
Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia
● Perak State Parks Corporation

Current funders

Maybank Foundation