Initiative

Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme

Funding
German Cooperation logo KFW logo
Closeup of a tiger
Sascha Kohlmann (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Initiated in 2014, the Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) or ‘Tiger Programme‘ is a grant-making initiative which contributes to the Global Tiger Recovery Programme (GTRP), a global effort to double tiger numbers in the wild by 2022. The programme consists of a portfolio of 12 large-scale projects in key Tiger Conservation Landscapes across Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal and Myanmar. 

The first phase is being implemented from 2014 to 2021, and the second one from 2019 to 2023. Additionally, Phase 3 of the ITHCP will operate until the end of 2024. As the first phase of the programme draws to a close, the main aim of the second and third phases is to continue working in areas where funding is desperately needed and to create a sense of self-sufficiency, so projects are sustainable in the long-term beyond the lifespan of funding programs.

Tiger populations have plummeted from around 100,000 individuals in 1910 to 3,200 individuals in 2010, occupying 7% of their original range. Poaching, habitat destruction and human-wildlife conflict are to blame. Effective policy and conservation programmes are imperative for tiger survival. 

About our projects on the ground

The Tiger Programme is based on three pillars: 

  • Protecting tiger species and their prey from the threat of poaching; 
  • Preserving tiger habitats, including core habitats, buffer zones and corridors; 
  • Supporting human populations living in tiger landscapes.

Around 75,000 community members living in park buffer zones or corridor areas benefitted from the Tiger Programme, through reduced human-animal conflict and more sustainable income sources.

Any active Calls for Proposals are posted on the Calls for Proposals web-page.

For more information, contact the Tiger Programme team via email.

Photo credit: Sascha Kohlmann (CC BY-SA 2.0)