Six hundred rivers originate from, or are fed by, the tiger-bearing forests of India, making these habitats crucial to our water security. With several million people living in and around forests, we cannot separate communities from conservation. Recognising this, WCT has adopted a 360° approach to conservation by focusing equally on wildlife protection and community development.
We play a catalytic role in the landscapes we operate in, by collaborating to strengthen sustainable ecosystems that will continue to serve wildlife and its surrounding communities in the long term. To achieve this, we partner with government bodies and local NGOs to provide funding, technical support and consultancy. The solutions we create are rooted in hard science and are thus easily replicable.
We team up with state forest departments to assess gaps in their protection mechanisms. To address these issues we donate essential equipment, organise training sessions for frontline forest staff, and provide technical support.
WCT’s research has been instrumental in changing wildlife management policies. We collaborate with state forest departments to train frontline forest staff in wildlife estimation techniques and conduct essential research. We monitor wild animals, conduct genetic studies, and provide influential, reliable information.
Empowering communities living in and around forested areas is at the heart of our mission. WCT’s staff and NGO partners regularly visit schools in the buffer zones of tiger reserves to train teachers, introduce new teaching methods, and assess progress of the students.
Communities living in buffer zones largely rely on the forest for their livelihood – an unsustainable practice. To reduce this dependence, we empower them by providing them employment. We provide vocational training to unemployed youth living in and around India’s forests, and use a network of job providers to find them gainful work.
We ensure forest staff and local communities have access to quality healthcare. Our on-ground health teams and NGO partners hold free health camps for front line forest staff to diagnose and treat common diseases.
Enraged dholes, injured langurs, and a sneaky sloth bear; read true accounts of those who’ve walked amongst the wild.