International Big Cat Alliance (IBCA)

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Tanzanian President recently conveyed approval to join flagship Indian programmes like the International Big Cat Alliance (IBCA) and the Global Biofuels Alliance (GBA).

About International Big Cat Alliance (IBCA)

  • It was launched by India on April 9, 2023, for the conservation of seven big cats, namely Tiger, Lion, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Cheetah, Jaguar, and Puma harbouring our planet.
  • Membership: It is open to 97 'range' countries, which contain the natural habitat of these big cats, as well as other interested nations, international organizations, etc.
  • It will provide a platform for the member nations to share knowledge and expertise and extend support to recovery efforts in potential habitats.
  • Its major activities will include advocacy, partnership, knowledge e-portal, capacity building, eco-tourism, partnerships between expert groups, and finance tapping.
  • IBCA will also assist existing species-specific inter-governmental platforms to boost conservation efforts.
  • Funding: After the first five years, which will be supported by India's 'total grant assistance' of $100 million, the IBCA is expected to sustain itself through membership fees and contributions from bilateral and multilateral institutions and the private sector.
  • Governance Structure:
  • A General Assembly consisting of all member countries.
  • A Council of at least seven but not more than 15 member countries elected by the General Assembly for a term of 5 years, and a Secretariat.
  • Upon the recommendation of the Council, the General Assembly will appoint the IBCA Secretary General for a specific term. 

Q1: What is the Global Biofuels Alliance (GBA)?

It is an India-led Initiative to develop an alliance of Governments, International organisations and Industry to facilitate the adoption of biofuels. India, Brazil and the US is the founding members of the alliance. This Alliance will be aimed at facilitating cooperation and intensifying the use of sustainable biofuels, including in the transportation sector.

Source: Tanzania to join Big Cat and Global Biofuels Alliances after President Suluhu's meet with PM Modi