Wednesday, December 11, 2013

'Behaviour Change Conservation Campaigns' course 2013: News and video

A video made during the course conducted in November:

And one of the news articles on the course:

Foreign tiger conservationists impressed by Tadoba reserve

NAGPUR: Around 14 participants from tiger range countries, including Bangladesh, Nepal and India, participating in a three-week international course learnt lessons from Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) during their visit here recently. 

The participants were impressed with the situation in TATR and knowing about the efforts being taken by locals, NGOs, people's representatives, media and the state government to make TATR among the top five tiger reserves in the country. 

The participants interacted with TATR field director and localconservationists. They also learnt lessons on growing human wildlife conflict and regulated tourism. 

Babu Ram Lamichhane, Rabin Kadariya from Nepal and AFM Mahmudul Hasan and Zubair Hussni Fahad from Bangladesh were impressed after drawing lessons from the people who worked in this landscape since long. 

Munjali Tokbipi, first woman environment educator from Karbi indigenous community from Assam and who lives near Kaziranga National Park, was fascinated after sighting a mating pair of tiger near Pandharpaoni. "I will dream for providing such home to tigers in Assam now," she said after Tadoba visit. 

An international course on conservation education as a tool to change the behaviour of various target groups of communities for tiger conservation issues is going on at Amravati University and participants were on their field module in TATR. 

Satpuda Foundation is organizing the course in collaboration with Amravati University, state wildlife department, Nature Conservation Society Amravati (NCSA) and Environment Education Conservation Global (EECG), USA. 

Former member of standing committee of National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) Kishor Rithe, who designed the course, introduced them with several aspects of tiger conservation. 

TATR field director Virendra Tiwari explained a set of measures that his office has taken in last two years. The serious issue of growing human-wildlife conflict was explained by Poonam Dhanwatey of Tiger Research and Conservation Trust (TRACT), who is also honorary wildlife warden of Chandrapur. Participants later worked on her presentation to address this issue through conservation education programme. 

They were told that TATR has the potential to become an important source population for the Navegaon-Indravati landscape. It has the potential for sharing genetic material with Kanha-Pench landscape. Today, Tadoba landscape enjoys an approximate population of 100 tigers.

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