Meeting on BDES Project in Uttarakhand
A one-day Meeting was organized on GoI-GEF-UNDP India supported project titled “Assessment of economic valuation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BDES) in SECURE Himalaya landscape in Uttarakhand” at Dehradun on 16 May 2023.
Small wild cats workshop at Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve
A 2-day consultation workshop on Species Recovery Planning and Population Monitoring of Small Wild Cats with a special focus on Caracals was organized on 23 and 24 March 2023 in the Ranthambore Landscape to guide the development of an institutional framework for their conservation!
Small wild cats workshop on species recovery plan and SoPs at Dudhwa Tiger Reserve
Dudhwa Tiger Reserve hosted a consultation workshop on species recovery plan and monitoring protocols, with a special focus on fishing cats on 10 and 11 March 2023.
The said workshop was organized under the aegis of GEF-GOI-UNDP-WWF-GTF supported project on small wild cat conservation. Participants deliberated upon evolving a landscape level strategy, involving multiple Government departments, and primary stakeholders (local communities). Existing distribution of fishing cats, and ongoing studies on its habitat and presence were also showcased to identify small wild cat conservation units. The project also aims to utilize the best practices and experience gained from the tiger agenda for conserving meso-predators like small cats, and their micro-habitats within larger tiger units like the Dudhwa landscape. The second day of the workshop was focused on developing a simplified monitoring protocol for cats, which can be implemented through Citizen Science and community stewardship, while bringing gains to local people.
A meeting on National Green Business Platform
A National Green Business Platform meeting was organized on 24 February 2023 with business groups to strengthen the conservation of globally significant wild cat landscapes of India under the chairmanship of Shri Bivash Ranjan, ADG(WL), MoEFF, Govt. of India
Football for conservation
In order to spread awareness and carry forward the conservation message among masses, the Seijosa Football Club in the Pakke region (Arunachal Pradesh) has agreed to host their annual football event in the theme of “Wild Cats Football tournament.” The inaugural event for the same is being hosted by the Seijosa Football Club on 4 January 2022.This activity is in sync with the larger objectives of the GEF7 small wild cats project to secure wild cat landscapes.
As an important sport in the landscape, the football tournament can scale up our outreach efforts, while garnering immense local support for the cause among the youth and supporters of the game and respective teams.
Consultation with business groups for a national level green business platform to strengthen community based wildlife conservation
Under the ongoing GOI-UNDP-WWF-GTF project on small wild cats, a one day consultation with business groups towards conservation of small wild cats was organized at Ahmedabad on 28 December 2022.
The said consultation was organized to explore possible areas of collaboration, and contributions from business groups operating in a wildlife landscape for institutionalizing a green business platform, apart from working out other financial strategies.
GEF-7 wild cats project – State level project inception workshop at Pakke-Eaglenest landscape
Under the ongoing GOI-GEF project on small wild cats, a state level inception workshop was conducted by Global Tiger Forum in association with the Forest Department of Arunachal Pradesh, UNDP and WWF at Pakke tiger reserve, Seijosa, Arunachal Pradesh on 20 December 2022 to get the input from stakeholders at landscape level.
In-situ capacity building of frontline at Pakke Tiger Reserve
Under the ongoing GTF-NTCA project, “In-situ capacity building of frontline staff in Tiger Reserves” a workshop was organized in Pakke Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh from 17 to 18 December 2022 with a focus on day today monitoring of the biodiversity and refinement of basic on-field skills of the frontline staff.
GTRP 2.0 and NBSAPs workshop
A two day workshop to discuss the Global Tiger Recovery Program (GTRP 2.0) with Tiger Range Countries (TRCs) and National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs) of South Asia was organized by The Global Tiger Forum (GTF) and the Global Tiger Initiative Council (GTIC) in association with the World Bank in hybrid mode on 29 and 30 November 2022 at Hotel Pride Plaza, New Delhi.
GEF-7 wild cats project – National level project inception workshop at Dudhwa landscape
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India, with State Governments of Arunachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh, UNDP, WWF and the Global Tiger Forum is implementing a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project: “Strengthening conservation and resilience of globally significant wild cat landscapes through a focus on small cat and leopard conservation.”
To mark the beginning of the implementation of the project, a National level Inception Workshop was organized to officially launch the project and incorporate inputs of all stakeholders as we move towards project implementation. The said Inception workshop was held on 16 November 2022, in the Meeting Hall of Dudhwa National Park, Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, India, which is one of the three project landscapes in the country.
This project will secure the conservation of globally significant wild cat landscapes in northern, north-eastern and western India through a landscape conservation approach for wild cats that brings together species conservation programs, connects stakeholders and empowers communities, and operates across PAs, tiger corridors and buffer zones.