Category: GTF Updates

GTF and TRCs consultations for Global Tiger Recovery Programme (GTRP) implementation

In the span of the last seven months, Global Tiger Forum continues to engage with the 13 Tiger Range Countries for Tiger Conservation.

As many as 22 independent consultations were initiated by the Global Tiger Forum, mediated by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP), Malaysia. The TRCs continued to lend their inputs for the successful implementation of the Global Tiger Recovery Programme (GTRP) and these helped to fine-tune the Kuala Lumpur Joint Statement and Southeast Asia Tiger Recovery Action Plan (STRAP).

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Bilateral Engagement between Cambodia and India on Tiger Reintroduction

An Indian Delegation comprising of senior forest officials, tiger conservation experts, and a scientist from MoEF&CC-Govt. of India, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), Global Tiger Forum (GTF), and Wildlife Institute of India (WII) visited Cambodia (from 5 to 8 March 2022) as part of a bilateral exchange visit between India and Cambodia on the technical aspect of tiger reintroduction.

The delegation met with H.E. Say Samal, Hon’ble Minister for Environment, Cambodia, his team, and members of Embassy of India at Phnom Penh. The delegation visited Cardamom hill landscape (potential tiger reintroduction site) to discuss the following aspects with the senior forest officials:

  • Protected Area Management
  • Habitat interventions and prey recovery
  • Legal provisions for reintroduction
  • Protection and surveillance interventions
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SMTR Technical Visit

A four-membered team comprising of representatives from Global Tiger Forum, Wildlife Institute of India, and WWF-India visited Srivilliputhur Megamalai Tiger Reserve (SMTR), Tamil Nadu between 02 to 05 February 2022.

The said team interacted with senior officials of the tiger reserve and field formations and undertook field surveys in both divisions of the SMTR namely – Srivilliputhur and Megamalai. These interactions and discussions emanated from thematic areas of tiger conservation viz. wildlife monitoring, habitat status, protection & enforcement infrastructure, and community engagement programmes

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4th Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation

The 4th Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation was hosted by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resource (KeTSA) and Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP), Malaysia in association with the Global Tiger Forum (GTF) from 19 to 21 January 2022.

During the first day, TRCs presented National updates with respect to the GTRP Global Tiger Recovery Programme (GTRP). Several urgent and emerging issues related to the tiger agenda were discussed on day two, viz. Human Wildlife Conflict, Community-based Conservation Initiatives, Habitat Management, Wildlife Monitoring, Capacity Building of Frontline Staff, Effective Management of Protected Areas, Regional Funding Models/Sustainable Financing, Financial Resource Mobilization, Landscape Level Approach in Tiger Conservation, and various facets of Tiger Governance.

On the final day, the Prime Minister of Malaysia addressed the conference. Country statements were presented by ministers/country representatives of the 13 TRCs. In this ministerial gathering, the 14-point “Kuala Lumpur Declaration” was adopted along with the endorsement of the “Financial Resource Mobilization- An Appraisal of Gaps” study, and the Southeast Asian countries reiterated the commitment for the Southeast Asia Tiger Action Plan (STRAP).

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4th Asia Ministerial Conference

The 4th Asia Ministerial Conference on the conservation of Tigers will be hosted virtually by Malaysia in association with the Global Tiger Forum (19-21 Jan 2022). The conference aims to bring together the Ministers and Senior Officials from Tiger Range Countries (TRCs), along with partner organizations, field professionals, International experts, and Scientists to strengthen cooperation on tiger conservation.

The conference is serving as a platform to deliberate and endorse the Kuala Lumpur Joint Statement on Tiger Conservation, South East Asia Tiger Recovery Action Plan (STRAP), and Financing Plan for Tiger Conservation

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Opportunity for paid field internships in Uttarakhand

Applications are invited for paid field internships

Duration: 2-3 months (can be extended based on requirement)

Number of openings: 2

Terms of Reference

Essential Qualification: (At least) A bachelor’s degree in Botany, Zoology, Wildlife, Environmental Sciences, or related fields.

Desirable Qualification:

  1. Basic knowledge about the local flora, fauna and natural history of the project landscape would be ideal but not mandatory.
  2. Candidates with prior experience in conducting forest surveys/sampling, data collection and interpretation will be preferred.

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 a prior experience of working in the respective landscapes and knowledge of 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. Travel to field sites for primary data collection (ecological and socio-economic data) and interaction with stakeholders across various districts of Uttarakhand.
  2. Collection of secondary data pertaining to villages, reserve forests, policies etc. of the underlying districts.
  3. Assist in report writing.
  4. 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 in Uttarakhand”

  1. Copy of your updated Curriculum vitae (CV)
  2. One-page Statement of Purpose (SOP)

Application deadline: 10th January, 2022

Please note: All applications will be reviewed, but only shortlisted candidates will be notified further.

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In-situ capacity building of frontline at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

A two days in-situ capacity building workshop, with a special focus on human wildlife conflict was organised at Bandhavgarh by the the GTF, in collaboration with the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and Madhya Pradesh Forest Department on 23 and 24 December 2021.

The workshop themes were designed keeping in mind the multi-tasking routine of a field frontline protecting our natural heritage. The modules were highly interactive and gave an opportunity to the participants to refine their basic on-field skills, while building a pool of spearhead trainees for meeting day to day challenges in tiger bearing areas.

Bandhavgarh is the first of the four selected tiger reserves where the said training has been organised.

Hands-on in-situ capacity building of frontline staff at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
Field exercise after hands-on training
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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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Capacity building workshop for senior officials of Tiger Range Countries

The Global Tiger Forum (GTF) in association with the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) organised a virtual capacity building workshop for senior officials of some TRCs of South and South East Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Malaysia and Nepal) from 17 to 21 August 2021. Apart from sharing of best practices and field experiences, the workshop aimed towards strengthening South and South-East Asia cooperation and better understanding of on-ground and region specific solutions to conservation issues.

The module of the workshop covered the following themes:

  • Global Tiger Status
  • Project Tiger in India and Institutionalization of the tiger agenda in the country
  • Tiger dynamics and demography
  • Wildlife Protection and combatting illegal wildlife trafficking
  • Wildlife Monitoring
  • Tiger Conservation Planning
  • Active Tiger and Prey Management
  • Community stewardship and engagement
  • Landscape scale engagement
  • Resource Mobilization
  • Linkages to climate change and disease regulation/pandemic prevention

The response to the virtual capacity building program was encouraging.

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Northern regional workshop on standardization of frontline staff training curriculum at Gurugram, Haryana

A two-day regional workshop for Northern 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 Haryana on 05 and 06 August 2021 in Gurugram, Haryana. The said workshop was hybrid in nature and attended by forest officials and Directors/in-charge/instructors of forest training schools from Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Union territory of Jammu & Kashmir, Union territory of Ladakh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh,; officials and representatives from MoEFCC, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Wildlife Institute of India, (WII), Global Tiger Initiative Council (GTIC), IUCN, UNDP, Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF), GTF, WWF-India; and TRAFFIC-India.

The said workshop was the concluding regional workshop to collect inputs/suggestions from different forest training institutes/schools/senior forest officials/other like-minded agencies of Northern India.

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