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.

Reinforcing Protection-Wildlife Conservation Trust

Reinforcing Protection

WCT works to improve living conditions in Anti-poaching Camps (APC) so that staff are safe and comfortable.
APCs are a fundamental unit of protection within a reserve. Strategically placed at sensitive locations in a forest, APCs serve as a base from where guards can patrol the surrounding landscape. The remoteness of these locations poses several challenges for forest officials who battle extreme weather conditions and face life-threatening situations on a daily basis.

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Human Wildlife Interface Management - Wildlife Conservation Trust

Human Wildlife Interface Management

High rates of habitat destruction and reduced prey densities routinely force carnivores, such as tigers and leopards, into human-dominated landscapes. The ability of forest officials to respond to such emergencies is limited by a lack of training and equipment.

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Law Enforcement Monitoring - Wildlife Conservation Trust

Law Enforcement Monitoring

WCT’s Law Enforcement and Monitoring (LEM) division, in collaboration with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), State Forest Departments and the NTCA, strives to make patrolling more systematic and tactical, so as to monitor and eliminate or reduce illegal activities inside tiger reserves and other Protected Areas.

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Law Enforcement Training - Wildlife Conservation Trust

Law Enforcement Training

Our intensive three-day workshop on wildlife crime is helping law enforcement authorities in India’s critical reserves.
WCT’s Wildlife Crime Prevention Training Programme is now part of the core curriculum in state forest training institutes including Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. We conduct trainings at various levels, focussing on frontline forest staff, park management, local police and the judiciary.

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Wildlife Population Estimation - Wildlife Conservation Trust

Wildlife Population Estimation

WCT’s research and monitoring team routinely conducts wildlife estimations in and around Protected Areas. We train forest department staff in monitoring techniques so that they can conduct such assessments independently.

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Landscape Ecology-Wildlife Conservation Trust

Landscape Ecology

WCT’s field interventions are rooted in hard science. Our research helps us frame policy recommendations at both national and state levels. We combine conservation genetics and Geographic Information System (GIS) to study and predict the movement of tigers through landscapes that include well-protected tiger reserves and Protected Areas, relatively less protected but good quality forests, highly degraded forests, and revenue land, to identify the most viable corridors as well as bottlenecks in these corridors.

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Catalysing Conservation - Wildlife Conservation Trust

Catalysing Conservation

We support and partner with grassroots NGOs to tackle region-specific conservation issues in a timely manner.

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Conservation Behavior - Wildlife Conservation Trust

Conservation Behavior

WCT’s believes that ecology is the bedrock of the economy. We use large qualitative and quantitative datasets for a nuanced understanding of individual and institutional behaviour with respect to natural resource use. Frameworks of economics, psychology, sociology and anthropology with strong ecological foundations are used to gather insights into ground realities, which are then used to evolve evidence-based policy inputs, design conservation interventions, and assess efficiencies of conservation interventions.

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Road Ecology - Wildlife Conservation Trust

Road Ecology

Over the last decade, India’s economy has been growing at a fairly high rate and is projected to grow at even higher rates. This creates a steep demand for linear infrastructure such as roads, railways, power lines and canals, which is an integral part of economic growth.

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One Health - Wildlife Conservation Trust

One Health

WCT supports conduction of preventive health check-up camps offering free medical care for forest staff placed at tiger reserves.
India’s frontline forest staff work under very stressful conditions. They often neglect their health due to the remoteness of their postings coupled with the high costs of medical care.

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