Using the Tiger as a metaphor for all of nature, Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) was envisioned to preserve and protect India’s rich natural heritage. Currently, WCT works in and around 160 Protected Areas across 23 states in the country covering 82% of India’s 50 tiger reserves, 21% of the 769 Protected Areas and impacting a population base of approximately 3.5 million people. WCT aims to reduce anthropogenic pressure on forests and river systems through a robust and tested 360 degree approach involving the forest department, local communities, corporates and other NGOs, with a firm belief in landscape-level conservation, factoring in the needs of people dependent on these forests.
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 2,100 Anti-poaching Camps in over 60 parks. Our team has imparted enforcement training to over 8,700 staff and continues to conduct sessions in forest institutes. Above all we conduct scientific research to push for more robust wildlife management policies.
- In less than a decade, we have reached 160 protected areas through our conservation efforts.
- The only non-governmental organisation conducting large scale tiger population estimation in wildlife corridors and habitats outside protected areas.
- WCT, plays a pivotal role as a member to :
- The advisory board, Global Tiger Forum
- The advisory board, National Tiger Conservation Authority
- State Boards of Wildlife- Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan
- Executive Committee of the Madhya Pradesh Tiger Foundation Society
- One of the four non-governmental organisations entrusted with the All India Tiger Population estimation exercise.
- Over 11500 forest staff trained in effectively implementing the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 through our wildlife law enforcement training exercises.
- WCT, highlighted the effects of linear infrastructures cutting across wildlife habitats and corridors through the citizen science project, ‘RoadKills’.
- WCT helps impart quality education to over 82000 children from 728 schools in and around the buffer areas of 11 tiger reserves.
- ‘Caring for Conservators’ our health programme for the frontline forest staff reaches over 16000 forest guards and watchers through preventive health assessments.
- Effectively trained over 1100 forest staff in Trauma Management to enhance their safety in the field.
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