Government Collaborations and Policy Interventions
WCS – India Program 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 Program 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 Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS), WCS – India Program’s main partner, and the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), a Government research institution affiliated with the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). This agreement enables CWS to actively collaborate in the areas of advanced wildlife population analysis. 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 Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS) 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 Program donated 15 off-road vehicles to the Karnataka Forest Department in 1998- 2001.
WCS – India Program 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.
- Dr. Ullas Karanth is a member of the Indian Government’s National Tiger Conservation Authority and the Governing Council of the Wildlife Institute of India, besides serving Karnataka Government’s Tiger Conservation Foundation and Tiger Steering Committee. Over the years, many protocols advocated by WCS – India Program have been adopted by National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), corresponding to optimistic changes in government led initiatives in tiger monitoring.