Government Collaborations and Policy Interventions
WCS – India works in close partnership with governments to facilitate changes in management and policies. Listed below are a few prominent initiatives and policy interventions that WCS – India has adopted and been part of over the years.
- In what can be termed as a ‘monumental conformity’, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), a Government research institution affiliated with the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). It will conduct ecological research on tigers in the Terai region, additional to training and capacity building of researchers and media personnel.
- The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has invited the WCS – India to develop and establish the National Repository of Camera Trap Photographs of Tigers (NRCTPT), a national database of individual tigers to help monitor the fate of individual tigers.
- To aptly effectuate wildlife protection duties by forest officials, WCS – India donated 15 off-road vehicles to the Karnataka Forest Department in 1998- 2001.
WCS – India influences conservation policies by strengthening the government’s pro-wildlife actions effectively. All interventions are focused on improving the scientific basis and content used to develop conservation programs of government and non-government agencies. The interventions include technical reports, data sharing and inputs provided to the federal and state wildlife departments. Our staff are part of several state and national wildlife advisory boards and committees.