Friday, 25 July 2014

Indian tiger conservation receives a boost from frontline support training

The Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) recently trained and equipped 55 frontline forest staff working to protect the Achanakmar Tiger Reserve.

The training which took place over three days, saw top brass from the Forest Department joining the training along with Range Officers, Foresters and Forest Guards.

The training topics covered a variety of issues that the officials frequently have to tackle in the field. This included imparting information on the biodiversity of the area, and the nuances of wildlife crime and enforcement.

It was the first such training to be conducted in Achanakmar Tiger Reserve on wildlife crime prevention.

Located 60km from Bilaspur, the reserve is part of the much larger landscape of the Achanakmar-Amarkantak Biosphere Reserve. The Kanha-Achanakmar corridor which links the Kanha Tiger Reserve to Achanakmar Tiger Reserve is important for the movement of tigers and their prey.

“Since the region is crucial for the movement, and invariably helps maintain a genetically healthy population of tigers, it becomes pertinent to make sure that the frontline forest staff are trained to tackle all aspects of wildlife crime prevention,” commented Dr R P Mishra, the WTI’s Central India Regional Head.

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