The Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) currently works in over 130 national parks and sanctuaries of India across 23 states, covering 82% of 50 tiger reserves and 18% of 733 nature reserves. With over 3.5 million people living inside tiger reserves and several hundred million dependent on natural ecosystems, we cannot separate communities from conservation. Thus, WCT lays equal emphasis on wildlife conservation and community development.
The communities living in and around India’s forests depend heavily on forest produce to supplement their income. We help impart vocational training to young people and co-ordinate with over 100 job providers to find them gainful employment, thereby reducing their dependency and negative impact on forests.
We understand the value of education to a child’s future and work extensively with government schools in forests by building the capacity of teachers, providing infrastructural support and creating alternative avenues for learning.
Realising that these remotely-located communities lack access to quality healthcare, we conduct health camps, providing relief to both villagers and forest department staff.
Our efforts in these three arenas are greatly complimented by our protection initiatives. We work closely with forest departments to ensure that they have the best equipment and training to carry out their duties. In a first of its kind initiative, we provided multi-utility rescue vehicles to parks to tackle man-animal conflict and also equipped 2,100 Anti-poaching Camps in over 60 parks. Our team has imparted enforcement training to over 8,700 staff and continues to conduct sessions in forest institutes. Above all we conduct scientific research to push for more robust wildlife management policies.
|WCT is the largest organisation to support the State and Central government in the field of tiger conservation outside of the Government.|
|In less than eight years, WCT has expanded its reach from five parks in 2009 to 130 parks in January 2017.|
|WCT has been able to leverage government support for most of its projects.|
|WCT is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Tiger Forum (GTF).|
|WCT is a member of the Advisory Board of National Tiger Conservation Authority
|WCT is a member of the State Board of Wildlife of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh
|WCT is a member of the Executive Committee of Madhya Pradesh Tiger Conservation
|WCT is the only NGO globally that conducts large-scale tiger population estimation
programmes in corridors and habitats outside protected areas.
|WCT was one of the four NGOs invited by the NTCA to carry out population estimation of tigers and their prey in the All India Tiger Population Estimation exercise in 2014.|
|WCT is the only NGO that conducts diagnostic health check-up camps and provides clinical consultation to the frontline forest staff, including permanent (forest guards) and temporary (watchers) staff. These health check-up camps have reached over 16,000 beneficiaries.|