A two-day roundtable discussion towards conservation planning in Malaysia’s first tiger reserve was organized on 3-4 June 2023 at Kuantan, chaired by HRH Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah, Crown Prince of Pahang, Malaysia.
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!
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 2-day visioning workshop by high level committee of the Government of India on “Urban Planning” was organised on 27 and 28 February 2023 at Nainital, Uttarakhand.
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
A consultation meeting on the Transboundary conservation of tigers in the Sunderbans Landscape of Bangladesh and India was held at Kolkata on 14 February 2023
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.
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.