WCT works to improve living conditions in Anti-poaching Camps (APC) so that staff are safe and comfortable.

APCs are a fundamental unit of protection within a reserve. Strategically placed at sensitive locations in a forest, APCs serve as a base from where guards can patrol the surrounding landscape. The remoteness of these locations poses several challenges for forest officials who battle extreme weather conditions and face life-threatening situations on a daily basis.

In a first-of-its-kind initiative, WCT has equipped 1,800 APCs in over 60 Protected Areas (PAs).

Electrifying APCs

WCT has designed Solar Integrated Systems that are installed in APCs to provide electricity for lighting and charging of essential equipment – wireless sets, torches, digital cameras, rechargeable batteries, mobile phones etc. Over 2,000 such units have been installed in APCs in over 60 PAs.

Ensuring Clean Drinking Water

To ensure that officials have access to clean drinking water, WCT provided reverse osmosis filtration units to parks such as Gir, Bandipur, Nagarahole and Panna and now, potable water from the central facility is sent to remote APCs.

WCT also donates potable water filtration units to inaccessible APCs. Officials living in APCs in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, among other states, have greatly benefitted from these plants

Site-Specific Approach

Each landscape has its own challenges and WCT tailors its approach accordingly.

In the Sundarban Tiger Reserve, staff required a field station in Chulkati. Due to the remoteness of the location, costs were extremely high and government budgets were insufficient. WCT stepped in and today the camp allows staff to patrol 200 sq. km. of forest that was previously inaccessible to them.

In the Pakke Tiger Reserve, delivering food to remote APCs is both challenging and expensive. WCT has provided the funds necessary to ensure that adequate rations are delivered to all APCs in Pakke in a timely manner.

Designing Sustainable APCs

WCT goes beyond equipping APCs to influencing how these stations are built.

WCT designed a pilot APC in Bandipur to showcase how camps can be built in an environmentally-friendly manner while simultaneously ensuring the comfort of field staff.

The pilot APC uses solar power for electrification, has plenty of natural light, a water harvesting facility and an inbuilt efficient cooking stove. It was built with naturally-insulating bricks made from soil available on-site.

 

Officials at the Anamalai Tiger Reserve pose outside their newly-equipped APC.
WCT designed a pilot APC that is solar-powered, has a water harvesting facility, an inbuilt efficient cooking stove, lots of natural light & naturally-insulating bricks. It is environmentally-friendly & cost-effective.
WCT donated reverse osmosis units to APCs so that officials had access to clean water.
An APC-cum-solar shed built with WCT support in the Bandipur Tiger Reserve.
An official in Kanha tests the water from a filter donated by WCT.
A mahout in Kanha fills a glass of water from a filtration unit donated by WCT to ensure access to safe water.
WCT donates small items such as trunks, chairs and mattresses to APCs so that officials can live comfortably.
APCs in Kanha received Solar Integrated Systems so that officials could charge small pieces of equipment like mobile phones.
WCT invested in designing special Solar Integrated Systems & over 2,000 units have been installed in APCs across India.
In Chulkati in the Sundarbans Biosphere Reserve, staff required a base station. Due to its remoteness, the costs were extremely high. WCT stepped in & today, the camp allows staff to patrol 200 sq. km. of forest earlier inaccessible to them.
Officials in Tadoba understand how to use and maintain the Solar Integrated Systems donated to them by WCT.
An APC in Umred equipped by WCT.
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