The Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) currently works in over 126 national parks and sanctuaries of India across 21 states, covering 79% of 50 tiger reserves and 15.5% of 668 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 1,800 Anti-poaching Camps in over 60 parks. Our team has imparted enforcement training to over 5,000 staff and continues to conduct sessions in forest institutes. Above all we conduct scientific research to push for more robust wildlife management policies.
|Largest donor agency in the field of tiger conservation outside of the government.|
|In less than five years, WCT has expanded its reach from 5 parks in 2009 to over 110 parks in October 2015.|
|Have been able to leverage government support for most of our projects.|
|WCT is a member of State Board of Wildlife of Rajasthan and the State Board of Wildlife of Maharashtra.|
|WCT is a member of the Executive Committee of the Tiger Conservation Foundation of Madhya Pradesh.|
|WCT is a member of the Executive Committee of the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) of Rajasthan.|
|WCT is a member of the Executive Committee of CAMPA of Maharashtra.|
|WCT was one of four NGOs invited by the National Tiger Conservation Authority to carry out population estimation of tigers and their prey in India in 2014.|