2015 Activities . . .
Capacity building for frontline forest personnel for the mitigation of Human animal conflict (Tiger and Elephant) in and around Protected Areas of Tamil Nadu, India
Project Investigator: Dr. B.A. Daniel
The project is to provide field oriented capacity building training programmes for the
frontline forest staff from four tiger and four elephant reserves in Tamil Nadu, where human
animal conflict is high. The project aims to address human-animal conflict issues, improve protection of tiger and elephant and its habitats, form a network of frontline staff who will observe and collect data accurately and, enhance monitoring practices and report about the various conservation issues occur in the reserves. The frontline staff are the cutting edge of the forestry hierarchy who are in constant touch with the people whose needs are met from the forest. They are instrumental in implementation of the forest related rules, regulations, conservation and development activities. Importantly these officials assist the forest department by providing basic data from the field while doing daily patrolling, monitoring and observation. The efficiency and effectiveness of the State Forest Department hence depends much on the performance level of these officials. To cope up with challenges and pressures the management skills of foresters need to be updated and upgraded. In this project three training programmes will be conducted for the frontline staff who are involved in monitoring and collect data.