WCT supports the Arunachal Forest Department for conducting a joint weapons training for the frontline staff of Pakke Tiger Reserve (Arunachal Pradesh) and Nameri Tiger Reserve (Assam)
A joint weapons training program was conducted by the Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department on January 16, 2013. This training program, supported by WCT, Mumbai, was attended by 90 frontline staff of Pakke and Nameri Tiger Reserves. Each staff member was trained in Basic Combat, Gun Handling and Gun Maintenance followed by a first-hand target practice at the bank of the Kameng river.
Subedar Major Thangpaitte conducting a training session on weapon maintenance
The frontline staff undergoing a supervised target-practice session on the banks of the Kameng river
In India, most frontline forest personnel are not provided with a firearm during patrolling. The ones who have access to a gun are seldom given any formal training either in target practice or in weapon maintenance. As a result, several weapons misfire or fail to fire when needed in the field.
With an ever-increasing demand for wildlife body parts in China and other countries (outside India), the poaching threat on Indian wildlife is on the rise. Most poachers have access to highly sophisticated weaponry. Unless the frontline staff are intensively trained to sharpen their combating skills protecting India’s last remaining forests will become increasingly difficult. WCT endeavors to catalyse as many such trainings as possible.
WCT supports an Eco-friendly Anti-Poaching Camp in Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Karnataka
'Aranyaka', a pilot project involving the construction of an eco-friendly anti-poaching camp at Avarepura in the Moleyur range of Bandipur has been handed over to the Forest Department last week. This pilot project, which has been jointly funded by the Wildlife Conservation Trust, Mumbai and the Karnataka Forest Department, has been accomplished by the Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies (CREST) at the National Institute of Engineering at an estimated cost of Rs. 8.8 lakh.
It was felt that the existing anti-poaching camps at Bandipur were not suitable for prolonged stay and hence, a pilot project has been taken up with the use of renewable energy systems. The design and the implementation part has been taken up by NIE-CREST and the structure erected using stabilised mud blocks which obviated the use of burning firewood to dry bricks. The use of stabilised mud blocks also provide good thermal comfort.
Water being a critical requirement in the jungles, the anti-poaching camp has been provided with a rainwater harvesting system with a storage capacity of 9,000 litres. Given the annual average rainfall at Bandipur, the yield through rainwater harvesting technique is nearly 43,000 litres of water per year and hence there will be assured water availability for almost six to seven months.
The solar energy system installed in the camp will be sufficient for lighting the camp in the night and also for recharging wireless sets. The incorporation of renewable technologies fulfill the energy and water needs of the camp to a large extent and helps in conservation of both wood and water. The building will also have fuel-efficient biomass cook stove which will provide for efficient, smokeless cooking.
B.G. Hosmath, Field Director, Project Tiger, said that "the newly constructed anti-poaching camp will be able to harbour nearly 15 forest personnel and that the Averapura Camp will now strengthen the anti-poaching capacity of the Moleyur rnage of Bandipur"
Catalytic Philanthropy in India
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Colour camouflage in Kerala’s Parambikulam forests
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The heart of the RRU is a four-wheel drive off-road vehicle, supported by three motorcycles, an immobilisation unit for carnivore rescues, jungle survival gear, life-saving first-aid supplies including a venom pump that gives a victim critical time to reach a hospital, walkie-talkies, searchlights, shields and protective gear as protection against unruly crowds and more.
A feature on Wildlife Conservation Trust in Sanctuary magazine
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HKF-WCT and Maharashtra Forest Department join hands to provide Health services
Services were provided by a group of doctors from Nagpur under the banner "Doctors for Wildlife", while Srushti Paryavaran Mandal was the implementing partner. The aim was to extend free-of-cost specialised medical support to villagers around the fringes of one of Maharashtra's important tiger habitats.Read more...
21st International Conference on Bear Research and Management
The International Conference on Bear Research and Management (IBA) is scheduled at New Delhi from 26 to 30 November, 2012. The conference brings together leading bear biologists and conservationists from across the world in this five-day event of invited talks, oral and poster presentations and thematic workshops. The Conference is hosted by the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India and is organized jointly by Wildlife Trust of India and Wildlife Institute of India. Click here to download PDF