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 recent initiatives that the organisation has adopted.
We are in partnership with the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) for combating wildlife trafficking in India. As part of this, WCS-India collaborates with WCCB to organise interagency, multi-tier capacity building workshops to improve detection, investigation, and prosecution of wildlife crimes in the country.
WCS-India has signed a MoU with BSF for combating wildlife trafficking along India’s borders, through inter-agency training and capacity building. In partnership with state governments, we organise workshops on combatting wildlife trade for officers. We also work with forest departments in many states and engage in capacity building and awareness workshops.
In the past, we have provided crucial support to local organisations in Chikmagalur district in their legal battles to protect the shola-grassland ecology in and around Bhadra Tiger Reserve. Similarly, our close collaboration with local NGOs aided the closure of mining operations in the heart of Kudremukh National Park. The closure of night traffic through Bandipur and Nagarahole tiger reserves was also the result of WCS-India’s involvement. It was our field work that helped expand the boundaries of protected areas like Nagarahole, Dandeli, Cauvery, Someshwara, etc. Such efforts in other areas are ongoing.
Our 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 and inputs provided to the federal and state wildlife departments. Many of our staff are on several state and national wildlife advisory boards and committees.