Healthy natural ecosystems with self sustaining communities are the bedrock of the economy. 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.

Education - Wildlife Conservation Trust

Education

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.

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Health - Wildlife Conservation Trust

Health

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.

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Livelihoods - Wildlife Conservation Trust

Livelihood

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.

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Supporting Resettled Villages - WCT

Supporting Resettled Villages

WCT supports the voluntary resettlement programme of the government for creating inviolate spaces for wildlife.

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