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Green Skill Development Programme

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The Hon'ble Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has launched the Green Skill Development Programme on 14th May, 2018 in the presence of Dr. Anandi Subramanian, Sr. Economic Adviser, Shri Yashvir Singh, Economic Adviser & Ms. Urmila, Joint Director, MoEF&CC. The 30 different certificate courses has been lauched across the country. Out of them WWF ENVIS (RP) has started the certificate course on "Wildlife Management using Geospatial Techniques" that will start from 1st July, 2018 onwards.
 
The interested candidates can apply online by 31st May, 2018 on http://gsdp-envis.gov.in/Default2.aspx
 
Background:  
Realizing the need for developing the green skills, the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) is utilising the vast network and expertise of Environmental Information System (ENVIS) hubs and Resource Partners (RPs). The Ministry has taken this initiative for skill development in the environment and forest sector to enable India's youth to get gainful employment and/or self-employment. The programme endeavours to develop green skilled workers having technical knowledge and commitment to sustainable development. It will help in the attainment of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), National Biodiversity Targets (NBTs), as well as Waste Management Rules (2016).
 
The pilot project of GSDP was launched in June, 2017, for skilling Biodiversity Conservationists (Basic Course) and Para-taxonomists (Advance Course) of 3 months duration each at 10 locations, spread over 9 bio-geographic regions of the country. 94 trainees successfully completed the basic course qualifying as skilled Biodiversity Conservationists and 152 Trainees completed the Advanced Course qualifying as skilled Para-taxonomists. ENVIS RPs in Botanical Survey of India (BSI), Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) and their respective regional offices were the nodal Centres for the pilot programme.
 
Role of Geospatial techniques in Wildlife Management
           
The human-causes disruptions, such as habitat loss, pollution, invasive species introduction, and climate change, are all threats to wildlife health and biodiversity. GIS technology is an effective tool for managing, analyzing, and visualizing wildlife data to target areas where interventional management practices are needed and to monitor their effectiveness. GIS helps wildlife management professionals to examine and envision the following and many more. 
  • Habitat requirements and ranges
  • Population patches and linkages
  • Progress of management activities
  • Historical and present wildlife densities
 In particular, wildlife management involves management of a complete ecosystem. The quantification and analysis of current impacts on wildlife habitat such as logging, agriculture and road development are vital phases in the process of formulating sound wildlife management policies. Until recently many conventional techniques have been applied for collecting data on natural resources. Relatively large number of ground-based studies has been carried out on habitat and corridor use by the wild animals. The role of the geospatial tools such as Remote Sensing and GIS has been emphasized in quick appraisal of habitat attributes, identification of new sites for Protected Areas (PA’s) in a particular region and the current scenario of the existing wildlife corridors.
           
Thus the geospatial tools are proved to be very effective in collecting, managing and processing of the large spatial datasets. Further, geospatial techniques enables wildlife distributions, movements and habitat use patterns and processes to be mapped and analysed, which can provide valuable information for development of management and conservation strategies in a particular region.
 
The information brochure is attached for further reference.
 
Any further information please contact as per the details: 
Dr. G. Areendran
ENVIS Coordinator
ENVIS Resource Partner, WWF-India
172-B, Lodi Estate, New Delhi - 110003
Tel: +91 -11-41504791/93
Fax: +91 - 11 - 41505779/24691226
E-mail: wwf@envis.nic.in / gareendran@wwfindia.net
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