HANOI (AFP) - Interpol on Wednesday launched a new campaign to coordinate the global fight against tiger poaching, warning that failure to protect the endangered cats would have economic and social repercussions. The international police organisation said it was imperative that the 13 nations where tigers can still be found work together to combat wildlife crime. David Higgins, manager of Interpol's environment crime programme, said the extinction of the tiger would impact not only biodiversity but the "economic stability and security stability" of countries where they are now found. "The communities, the nations will lose confidence in their governments, and their good governance and their rule of law to be able to protect an iconic species such as the tiger from criminality," he said in Vietnam. Interpol's new Project Predator is designed to help coordinate efforts of police, customs and wildlife officials in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam.