Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme

Tigers, Habitats and People

The Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) is a strategic funding mechanism which aims to save tigers in the wild, their habitats and to support human populations in key locations throughout Asia. It is supported by the German Government and the German Development Bank (KfW) and was launched in late 2014.

The programme contributes to the international goal set up during the 2010 St- Petersburg Tiger Summit to double wild tiger populations by 2022 (up to 6’000 tigers), starting from a baseline global population of 3’200, which was the IUCN Red List population estimate at that time.

IUCN as the programme implementing agency has so far issued two calls for proposals in October 2014 and in June 2015. With almost 100 concept notes received the selection was competitive and the ITHCP Secretariat (Jean-Christophe Vié, Sugoto Roy and Thomas Gelsi) relied on dedicated Advisory Committee members and a pool of external experts for identifying, scoring and evaluating the projects with the best potential.

Grants proposed under the programme range from 500.000 to 2 million EUR allocated to consortia made of NGOs, Government Departments and local community organisations.

ITHCP has a current portfolio of 11 projects located within Tiger Conservation Landscapes (TCLs), which are areas universally considered as the most crucial for long term tiger conservation.

ITHCP portfolio


These projects involve improving the management of tiger habitats, tackling human-tiger conflicts, increasing anti-poaching and law enforcement efforts and engaging and actively involving local communities in tiger conservation.



An average 26 % of project funds is dedicated to infrastructural investments and 13 % of project budgets is to provide local communities with sustainable livelihoods, e.g. with clean energy sources, predator-proof protection systems and development of ecotourism ventures.

Most of these initiatives were built from concept notes and were given project preparation grants to strengthen partnerships and to carry out socio economic assessments and consultations with local communities, crucial aspect of the programme. In this regard ITHCP is testing the new system developed within IUCN, the Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS). Many of the projects are landscape-scale, transboundary initiatives that involve cooperation between local communities, governments, local and international NGOs.



There is currently no open call for proposals and we do not accept rolling applications. For ongoing applications, please click the button below.




For more information please contact:

ITHCP Secretariat
Global Species and KBA Programme
International Union for Conservation of Nature
Rue Mauverney 28
1196 Gland, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 999 0120
Email: tiger.conservation@iucn.org


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