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The Regional Environmental Officer Ari Nathan is working with USAID to create a regional data bank of tiger genetic information in cooperation with the regional South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN). This project will promote regional cooperation and strengthen the ability of governments and international law enforcement agencies to prosecute wild life poaching and trafficking in tiger parts through the use of molecular forensics and data sharing.
The project will also improve wildlife conservation/management efforts to estimate the range of individual tigers, the impact of habitat fragmentation on population genetics, overall population size and genetic variation within subpopulations. This project builds upon the Nepal Tiger Genome Project (NTGP), an innovative two-year project undertaken by the Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN) with support from USAID/Nepal, which used cutting-edge technology to analyze genetic material from tiger feces (also known as “molecular scatology”) in order to identify tigers in Nepal and create a data bank of genetic information.
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