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Kusmi Tea steps up to fight against tiger extinction  

Environmental issues are of the utmost importance to Kusmi Tea. A variety of initiatives have already been introduced with the objective of creating viable solutions and offering long-term commitment to sustainable development and eco-responsibility.

 

This is the context in which the brand joined forces with the WWF France, one of the world’s first independent environmental protection agencies, by becoming a patron of the Tx2 program. This initiative was launched in 2010 with the aim of protecting tigers, a species threatened with extinction and an iconic animal in tea-producing regions. The overall goal is to double the number of tigers in the world to reach 6,000 individuals by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger in the Chinese horoscope.

 

What are they?

 

Tigers are the world’s largest wild cats, and are a species that has always impressed, attracted, and intrigued us. Without necessarily knowing much about them, they have always been a part of our lives, from our childhood stories to the numerous documentaries we watch as adults. Today, around half of all tigers live in India.

 

How can we protect them?

 

Protecting tigers implies a multitude of closely-linked actions, according to Stéphane Ringuet, head of the Illegal Wildlife Trade program at WWF France. “Tigers are some of the largest predators on earth, and, like humans, are at the top of the food chain. As a result, they require prey in order to survive. Protecting them therefore means protecting their habitats and the animals they hunt, which in turn require habitats suited to finding food and reproducing.” The key solution is improving the management of protected zones and increasing efforts in the fight against poachers.

 

Protecting tigers to protect natural spaces

 

“Though our protection of tigers, we are also protecting vast natural zones that are useful to humans as well. These spaces span up to hundreds of square miles,” says Stéphane Ringuet, whose passion for the Tx2 program makes him the ideal spokesperson. “One of the major challenges of protecting nature across the world is the preservation of ‘natural blocks’ that are large and connected enough to ensure wildlife can survive and thrive. Unfortunately, if these spaces are not devastated, they are often fragmented to create isolated little clusters of forests divided by villages and plantations. Yet if tigers are unable to communicate and interact with each other, there is a risk they will go extinct.” And by protecting the ecosystems of tigers, humans can also address other issues such as soil degradation, air quality, and water supplies. “Destroying the habitats of tigers is highly detrimental to humanity,” says Stéphane Ringuet.

 

Through the support of eco-aware patrons who understand the needs of our planet, these actions will be able to be implemented as fast as possible!