Youth Tiger Summit, September 12-19, 2010, Vladivostok, Russia
There are 13 countries worldwide which still have tigers in the wild, although the numbers are very low. Without immediate strong action, the next few years will be catastrophic for wild tigers.
In India, for example, the number of tigers in the past six years has decreased by more than twice and the total number of all remaining wild tigers on the planet is as low as 3,200.
WWF has initiated the idea of a high-level tiger summit – a meeting of the Heads of Governments from all tiger range countries, as well as representatives NGOs, private institutions and international agencies.
The Tiger Summit will be held in St. Petersburg in September 2010. At the same time as the Tiger Summit is being held, WWF proposes to hold a Youth Tiger Summit in Vladivostok - home to the Amur tiger. The Youth Tiger Summit will enable young people participating to hold debates on the same issues that will be discussed by participants at the Heads of Government Tiger Summit.
We are seeking two talented, progressive-minded youths who are willing to devote their time, energy and ideas on raising awareness of the problems and ways to save the tiger.
The summit will be attended by leaders of youth movements supporting tiger conservation in the tiger range countries, and countries which are actively involved in tiger conservation efforts. Students and young professionals attending the Youth Summit as delegates will be in Vladivostok during the period 12-18 September 2010. They will visit the tiger habitat and tiger trails, get first-hand information on the state of the wild population and the necessary measures for its conservation.
Youth delegates will be chosen according to the following criteria:
Aged between 18 to 22 years old
Fluent in English, with excellent communication and presentation skills.
Completed YTS Application form
Keen on nature conservation, and aware of the problems and ways to save the tiger. They also are looking to increase their knowledge and change the world for the better.
In addition to the Summit, these youth tiger ambassadors will participate in a series of events in their home country eg. press conferences and those events dedicated to tiger conservation.
Before going to the Summit, delegates will have the opportunity to participate in online learning, meet with WWF staff, learn how to give interviews and engage in public speaking. During the summit, participants will deepen their knowledge by meeting conservation experts and attending lectures. Upon their return, delegates are expected to develop a tiger conservation project in their country.
We will get back to you if you are short- listed and you will be then be invited for an interview at WWF-India, Secretariat, New Delhi for the final selection process.