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A TDU will constitute of the following components:

1. Equipment for anti-poaching camps in core and buffer zones of tiger reserves (details below)
2. Collaboration with credible NGOs to create a network of people among the local community to safeguard the interest of the tiger around the tiger reserve, (details below) and
3. RRUs - conflict resolution vehicles (details below)

Equipping Anti-poaching Camps (APCs) (2012-13)
  • APCs are fundamental units of protection in a tiger forest. Several APCs across tiger reserves are underequipped. WCT has identified a list of items that are essential for effective functioning of APCs.
  • Crucial underequipped APCs will be identified and necessary items added.
  • It is expected that the fortification of APCs will provide a) equipment to carryout protection duties in an efficient manner and b) better living conditions for forest guards.
  • The Save our Tigers funds will not be used in construction of APCs.


Indicative list of tiger reserves that may be supported by the Save Our Tigers funds. Show Details

List of equipment per Anti-Poaching Camp (APC). Show Details

Save our Tigers Partnership for Conservation (2012-13)

1. WILDLIFE PROTECTION SOCIETY OF INDIA (WPSI)

Field of Work: Wildlife enforcement & intelligence gathering

Their role in the Save our Tigers Campaign: Train well-vetted new individuals/NGOs that operate near critical tiger habitats in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

Commitment:

a) Train new individuals/NGOs that operate near critical tiger habitats in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh;

b) Gather intelligence on wildlife crime in these areas;

c) Check known/historical campsites of poaching gangs;

d) Check electricity sub-stations for trip records;

e) Check known poaching hotspots;

f) Carry out awareness in villages and promote WPSI’s secret information reward scheme.

2. WILDLIFE FIRST

Field of Work: Science driven conservation action to save endangered species and remnant wildlife habitats.

Support to Save our Tigers Campaign: Reach out to front-line staff through field training programmes.

Commitment:

a) Live demos on tracking and time-tested anti-poaching tactics.

b) Training in use and maintenance of weapons.

c) Improving the understanding and implementation of the Wildlife Protection Act (1972) and Criminal Procedure Code (1973) with interactive sessions and discussions on important case laws for more effective prosecution of wildlife offenders.

d) Provision of on-line legal support including professional legal advice for important cases and support to personnel when they face malicious legal proceedings as a consequence of discharging their protection duties.

e) Institute motivational Rewards for deserving staff..

f) Monitoring and sharing of actionable intelligence to prevent and detect wildlife offences.

3. SATPUDA FOUNDATION

Field of Work: Highlight the biodiversity and educate the masses about the importance of the Central Indian highlands. Tackle threats to the Satpuda landscape through research oriented conservation action.

Support to Save our Tigers Campaign:Enhance tiger protection at the village level by improving the rate of detection of poaching attempts and incidents.

Commitment:

a) Convince the communities to start foot patrol around the immediate periphery of selected villages of the buffer zones of tiger reserves in the Satpuda landscape.

b) Village squads along with the forest staff will search for snare/traps and gather intelligence which will be shared with the tiger reserve authority.

c) Both, assist and train the forest staff in law enforcement and matters related to the court.

d) Felicitate the village patrolling squads, village Joint Forest Management / Eco-development Committees, forest staff and individuals based on their performance.

4. SOCIETY FOR HERITAGE & ECOLOGICAL RESEARCHES (SHER)

Field of Work: Mitigation of human-Tiger conflict and conservation of the tiger and its mangrove kingdom.

Support to Save our Tigers Campaign:Strategize to win over the threats and challenges that face tiger conservation in Sundarban.

Commitment:

a) Work closely with villagers to gather baseline information to combat the threats to the tiger and its mangrove habitat.

b) Help reduce socio-economic dependencies on the flora and fauna of Sundarban through awareness building activities.

c) Help set-up a village Tiger Response Team.

i)To reduce human infiltration into the forest and
ii)To monitor straying of tigers in villages, illegal logging of mangroves and poaching of the prey base of the tiger.

5. TIGER RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION TRUST (TRACT)

Field of Work: Protection of the tiger and its habitat and facilitating mitigation of human-large carnivore conflict.

Support to Save our Tigers Campaign:Help protecting tigers beyond the boundaries of the tiger reserve by mapping and reconnecting fragmented forests using viable corridors.

Commitment:

a) Field surveys in buffer zone and corridors.

b) Monitoring of corridors for disturbance.

c) Improving people’s participation in protection by changing their perception about tigers.

d) creating a community alarm system to alert the forest department in the event that a wild animal enters their village/field.

Rapid Response Unit (RRU) [2012-13]

The RRU consists of a modified four wheel drive (4 WD) Mahindra Camper replete with a well thought out set of highly essential equipment for addressing emergency situations such as human-animal conflict, wildlife rescue operations, forest fires and anti-poaching patrolling treks.
Each RRU has six fully equipped sets of equipment, which will be used by the Rapid Response Team designated by the Field Director of a tiger reserve.

The RRUs will be provided to tiger reserves based on the following criteria:

1. Tiger reserves that have notified their buffer zones.

2. Tiger reserves that have constituted or are in the process of commissioning the Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF).

3. Non tiger reserve areas that possess a viable tiger population or have the potential of harbouring a viable tiger population such as Rajaji, Nagzira-Navegaon, Sathyamangalam etc.

4. Tiger reserves that have effectively utilized the RRU (donated to them in Phase-I of the Save our Tigers Campaign) and who express the need for one or two more conflict resolution vehicles.

The design of the Rapid Response Units in Phase-II has been altered based on the feedback of the field staff. The new design will be showcased on this website soon.

Rapid Response Units (2012-13) Show Details

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