Capacity-building of frontline staffWWF-India regularly reviews existing enforcement systems and capacities of the state forest department. It assesses gaps in training needs for staff at every level, and develops training modules on a range of subjects such as law enforcement and monitoring, anti-poaching issues, crime scene investigations, documentation, use of new technologies and better patrolling techniques. This helps in building a strong network of informed and empowered frontline staff that can better protect the forests and its wildlife.
Assessing functionality of wildlife corridorsThe Protected Areas (PAs) of this landscape are connected to one another through reserve forests and territorial forests, forming wildlife corridors that are used by tigers and other wildlife to disperse in search of new territory, prey and mate. WWF-India is working in four key wildlife corridors to assess their functionality and confirm their usage by wildlife, especially tigers. Our teams conduct sign surveys to record movement of wildlife, human disturbances to the area and status of the habitat. Further, camera traps are deployed at strategic locations to capture the movement of tigers and confirm the use of these corridors for dispersal, thereby proving their importance and the need for increased protection.
Working with local communities: We are working with local communities in four villages surrounding Ranthambore Tiger Reserve by acting as a bridge between them and the state government.