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Opportunity for paid field internship

Applications are invited for paid field internships

Duration: 3 months from the date of joining
Number of openings: 7 (Uttarakhand-2, West Bengal-2, Arunachal Pradesh-2, Sikkim-3)

Requirements:
1. Potential candidates should be physically fit and possess the ability to work across difficult or rugged terrains with sub-optimal field conditions with limited resources/connectivity. Prior experience in ecological sampling would be desirable.
2. Candidates with prior experience of working in the respective landscapes and knowledge of the local language would be an added advantage.
3. Good communication skills
4. Since this is a continuous field work position, the intern will be posted full-time on field and has to virtually report/communicate to the headquarter at least once a week

Activities/Responsibilities:
1. To collect primary ecological and socio-economic data in the high-altitude districts of the states of Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.
2. Collection of secondary data pertaining to villages, reserve forests, policies etc. of the underlying districts.
3. Compiled information in the form of a report on the above activities to be submitted to the Senior Coordinator, GTF

Remuneration: The GTF will provide a monthly stipend of Rs.12,000/- and a certificate post completion of internship and submission of report. Basic food and accommodation, travel allowance, and other field logistics will be taken care of by the GTF/Project, however field gear and other personal requirements/equipment shall not be provided.

Application procedure: The following to be e-mailed to research@globaltigerforum.org with the subject line ‘Application for field internship for HAT landscapes”
1. Copy of your updated Curriculum vitae (CV)
2. One-page Statement of Purpose (SOP)
Application deadline: 25 September, 2021

Deadline extended till: 31 October 2021

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Global Tiger Protected Area Compendium

The Global Tiger Forum takes pride in presenting this compilation of Tiger Protected Areas of Range Countries, based on available information.
This modest effort is aimed to highlight the varied tiger source areas/habitats across the natural range of the endangered wild tiger accorded protection by sovereign Governments. Strengthened wild tiger conservation would safeguard mankind from loss of green capital resulting in disruption of eco-system services, zoonotic cycles, and vulnerability to climate change.

Link to view/download: Global Tiger Protected Area Compendium

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People for Tigers

As we approach the International Tiger Day 2021 (July 29), Tigers United University Consortium, Global Tiger Forum and the Global Tiger Initiative Council are reaching out to citizens from around the globe to share their favourite images, painting, drawings and videos of tigers with us. You can share insights or stories from the field or ways you, as a citizen, can help save wild tigers. You can also ask questions for our tiger conservation experts. We will compile the images, clips, stories and questions to share with our audience on July 29.

Link to upload message/story/picture/drawing/video for wild tigers – https://forms.gle/VdXuWZMXyBkygwg76

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Requirement of a technical consultant

Applications are invited for the post of a technical consultant

Vacancy details:

No. of post: 01

Terms of reference for technical consultant 

1)      Collation of data (primary and secondary) towards management plans/tiger conservation plans/master plans/specific project outputs

2)      Review and analysis of primary and secondary data for the above, including basic and advanced statistics (as well as scenario modelling)

3)      Assist the GTF team in preparation of the first draft of management plans/master plans/tiger conservation plans/specific project outputs 

4)      Assist the GTF team in preparation of training course material/guidelines on specific conservation themes

5)      Assist the GTF team in implementing the tasks related to the Global Tiger Recovery Program (GTRP) – review of finances/resource mobilization, country/region specific action strategies

6)      Prepare Technical Reports for projects and specific tasks 

Duration – 6 months

Consultancy fee – Based on professional experience and necessary skill set 

Eligibility 

  • Master’s degree in Natural Sciences/Economics/Biodiversity/ Sustainable Development/Management, and related fields
  • Four years’ experience in Research and Development/Academics in Industrial and Academic Institutions, and scientific activities and services                    
  • Well versed with statistical packages and data modelling 
  • Excellent communication and writing skills                          

Procedure
Applicants need to send a detailed CV, along with academic and professional credentials/certificates, including proof of experience (technical reports/papers) to research@globaltigerforum.org


Application deadline: 25 May 2021 

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Southern regional workshop on standardization of frontline staff training curriculum at Bengaluru

A two-day regional workshop for Southern zone under the ongoing collaborative project, “Protection and Enforcement Training Curriculum Standardization and Institutionalization” was organized by the Global Tiger Forum (GTF) in partnerships with WWF-India, TRAFFIC-India, and Forest Department of Karnataka on 23 and 24 March 2021 at Hotel Ramanashree California, Bengaluru. The said workshop was hybrid in nature and attended by forest officials and Directors/in-charge/instructors of forest training schools from Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala; officials and representatives from National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), GTF, WWF-India; and TRAFFIC-India.

The said workshop was conducted in continuation to the 1st and 2nd regional workshops held at Guwahati, Assam in December 2019, and at Nagpur, Maharashtra in January-February 2020 respectively, for collecting inputs/suggestions from both the regions.

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CA|TS virtual orientation program and software training for Field Directors of 27 tiger reserves

Under ongoing CA|TS program, the Global Tiger Forum (GTF) in partnerships with the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and WWF-India organized virtual “CA|TS orientation program and CA|TS log software training for the Field Directors of 27 tiger reserves. The said orientation & training was organized virtually in following two groups:

GROUP 1

CA|TS orientation program: 12 November 2020

CA|TS log software training: 18 November 2020

Tiger Reserves in group 1: Corbett, Rajaji, Dudhwa, Pilibhit, Valmiki, Kanha, Pench (MP), Pench (MH), Panna, Bandhavgarh, Sanjay-Dhubri, Satpura, Nagzira Nawegaon and Achanakmar

GROUP 2

CA|TS orientation program: 20 November 2020

CA|TS log software training: 23 November 2020

Tiger Reserves in group 2: Ranthambore, Mukundra Hills, Bandipur, Sathyamangalam, Mudumalai, Annamalai, Parambikulam, Pakke, Kaziranga, Nameri, Manas, Orang and Sundarbans

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Webinar on Implementation of the St. Petersburg Declaration & Emerging Issues

A webinar on “Implementation of the St. Petersburg Declaration and Emerging Issues” was organized by the Bangladesh Forest Department in collaboration with Global Tiger Forum (GTF) and Global Tiger Initiative Council (GTIC) on August 7, 2020.

The webinar was focused on:

  • Major TRC level milestones since 2010 St. Petersburg Declaration
  • Emerging issues
  • Beyond 2022 – what next?

To see the complete webinar, click on the link: https://www.facebook.com/GlobalTigerForum/videos/610255836532962

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Tx2 Tiger Conservation Award

Prestigious new tiger conservation award opens for submissions

29 July 2020 – A new annual award in recognition of sites that have doubled numbers of wild tigers since 2010 has launched today and is open for submissions. The award will be presented in partnership with WWF, UNDP, The Lion’s Share, IUCN-Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP), Global Tiger Forum (GTF) and Conservation Assured Tiger Standards (CA|TS).

A second Tiger Conservation Excellence Award will also go to a site that has achieved significant progress in two or more of the following areas: tiger and prey population monitoring and research; effective site management; enhanced law enforcement and protection; community-based conservation; and habitat and prey management.

The inaugural TX2 Award and Tiger Conservation Excellence Award winners will be announced on 23 November – the 10 year anniversary for the global TX2 goal to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022. 

“As we near 2022, it’s time to acknowledge the sites contributing to one of the most ambitious conservation goals ever for a single species. This is an achievement that not only secures a future for tigers in the wild, but also the ecosystems that wildlife and people depend on,” said Stuart Chapman, Lead of WWF’s Tigers Alive Initiative. 

“Securing sites harbouring wild tigers are invaluable genetic repositories, apart from ensuring ecosystem services to all. The frontline and management teams who maintain such areas are often unsung, but their contributions are invaluable. This award is most welcome and timely, and will provide the much needed motivation, when the going is not all that smooth,” said Dr. Rajesh Gopal, Secretary General at the Global Tiger Forum (GTF)

“As we respond to the severe global health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19, now is the moment for us to more clearly understand the risks associated with nature loss and degradation of natural ecosystems. Healthy population of wild tigers in range countries is an important indicator for healthy ecosystems and sustainable development. These awards will act as an added incentive for those who are dedicated to ensuring healthy ecosystems for people and the planet,’’ said Midori Paxton, Head of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, UNDP

The government agencies engaged in tiger conservation can nominate the site of their country or state under the mentioned categories. To be eligible, sites must be within the current tiger range and have a legal status under the country’s legislation. 

Details for how to submit nominations can be found here: www.TX2TigerAward.org

Contact:

Khalid Pasha, CA|TS Manager, WWF Tigers Alive Initiative (based in Singapore), email: kpasha@wwf-tigers.org 

Tristan Tremschnig, Communications Director, WWF Tigers Alive Initiative (based in Hong Kong), email: tristant@wwf-tigers.org

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Tiger conservation

India adopts CA|TS standards across tiger reserves giving boost to conservation efforts

28 July 2020 – In a major boost to tiger conservation ahead of Global Tiger Day, India’s National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change today announced the adoption of the Conservation Assured Tiger Standards [CA|TS] across all of the country’s 50 tiger reserves.

These 50 tiger reserves are spread across 18 states covering an area over 7000 sq. km and contain over 80% of the world’s tiger population.

The announcement means India is the first among the 13 tiger range countries to nationally adopt CA|TS, which are a set of minimum standards setting the benchmark for managing conservation sites. This brings India’s total number of registered sites to 94 (which includes sites not in tiger reserves).

CA|TS is a conservation tool that sets minimum standards to manage target species, and encourages assessments to benchmark progress. Tigers are the first species selected for the initiative. Launched in 2013, the tool was developed in collaboration with field managers, tiger experts and government agencies engaged in tiger conservation.

This announcement further strengthens India’s contribution to the global goal set in 2010 to double the number tigers in the wild, known as TX2. India reported a population of 2,967 wild tigers during the last census in 2018, which is more than double the last estimate in 2006.

Dr. SP Yadav, ADG (Project Tiger) and Member Secretary, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), Ministry of Environment and Forest and Climate Change: “The CA|TS framework provides an avenue for key tiger sites to assess and identify where their management strengths and challenges are, set goals and evaluate their progress toward achieving those goals. In addition, the framework provides a robust lens through which we can view the benefits of tiger conservation and creating safe havens for tigers in the wild.”

Stuart Chapman, Lead of WWF’s Tigers Alive Initiative: “India’s adoption of CA|TS across its tiger reserves has brought the majority of the world’s wild tigers under one conservation management standard. This will strengthen efforts for continued tiger recovery in India and provide a model for other tiger range countries to follow”. 

Sugoto Roy, the Chair of CA|TS International Executive Committee: “CA|TS is an excellent diagnostic tool designed to help site-based tiger management and conservation to be effective and assist in identifying gaps, challenges and resources needed to catalyse the recovery of tigers.” 

Dr Rajesh Gopal, Secretary general of Global Tiger Forum: “The countries that have still not adopted the CA|TS framework must be encouraged to do so, as this will assist in establishing a uniform and robust framework for the global tiger recovery programme.”

The seven tiger range countries implementing CA|TS include Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal and Russia. 

CA|TS is a partnership of tiger range governments, inter-governmental agencies, institutions, NGOs and conservation organisations. WWF is helping tiger range countries to implement CA|TS, and is joined by other key global organisations,  such as Equilibrium Research, Fauna & Flora International, Freeland, Global Tiger Forum, Global Wildlife Conservation, IUCN, Panthera, Smithsonian Institution, UNDP, WildTeam, World Commission on Protected Areas and the Zoological Society of London. 

CA|TS is being adopted for use beyond tigers, including potentially jaguars, lions and freshwater dolphins.

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Virtual CA|TS software training

A virtual orientation program on CA|TS log software was organized by the Global Tiger Forum and WWF-India on 15 June 2020 for the CA|TS registered sites of Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) India.

The said training was conducted by CA|TS Manager, WWF-International and attended by senior officials/site managers from Uttar Pradesh Forest Department, Uttarakhand Forest department, CA|TS reviewer, GTF and WWF-India representatives.

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