Building Local Capacity and Citizen Science
As the threats to wildlife and wild spaces escalate, WCS – India believes in safeguarding the country’s wildlife legacy by enabling effective conservation action by individuals. Capacity building plays its pivotal part in this realm.
The focus lies in training Indian biologists and researchers, park management personnel and non-government volunteer conservationists. Training workshops involve field sessions where participants apply sampling-based methods to monitor large mammal populations in Indian Reserves. The methods include density estimation of tiger prey species, relative abundance estimation of large herbivores and carnivores (using occupancy/presence-absence surveys) and the demonstration of camera trap techniques to survey and estimate carnivore populations.
Government Staff and Park Management
WCS – India strongly believes training government staff and park managers is critical for effective conservation application. Our experts train the staff and park managers on a multiplicity of areas in animal and habitat-related studies like population monitoring techniques, anti-poaching measures, tracking skills, mock drills, effective use of firearms, wireless equipment handling and communication skills.
Rural Community Conservation Education
WCS – India regularly organizes many community education campaigns across various parks and sanctuaries.
Regular interactions with media to sensitise them and make them aware of the challenges are also part of our outreach efforts. We work with communities around protected areas to spread the message on need to protect forests, both for the sake of wildlife and for their own long-term benefits. WCS – India makes relevant information available through posters and manuals, written in the local language.
WCS – India has engaged and inspired over 3000 amateur naturalists, wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, wildlife activists, teachers, journalists, lawyers and people from varied backgrounds. All volunteers are trained in wildlife monitoring techniques and get an overview on conservation advocacy policies. They volunteer on many of the surveys conducted by the organisation. Ingrained with a commitment and passion to save wildlife, many of these individuals today remain strong defenders of wildlife, inspiring others in the process.