Support to Communities for their participation in Conservation
With the support of the Serenity Trust, TRACT has commenced a program ‘Community for Tigers’ which aims to enhance the lives of people in local communities of the buffer zone, and provide them with more education and employment opportunities, thereby reducing their dependence on the forest. TRACT is also working towards improving the quality of the local communities by converging government schemes to ensure an end to open defecation, clean drinking water and employment opportunities.
SCHOLARSHIP: 20 students from the buffer villages of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, to facilitate their ITI courses, thereby creating employment capacity and reducing their dependence on the forest.
INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT OF VILLAGES: TRACT is working towards reduction conflict between humans and large carnivores. Many victims have been attacked when they were squatting in the bush after dark for attending to natures call. This open defecation also has major health implications and pollution to air quality and the ground water. TRACT is facilitating the integrated development of these villages which lie in the periphery of tiger reserves. With an improvement in their living conditions and creating capacity an opportunity for employment, would greatly reduce their dependence on the forest. This formulated the concept of the scheme, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Jan Van Vikas Yojana.
Under this program, TRACT has been creating awareness in these villages about this scheme and the need to use toilets, clean water and improved agricultural systems to improve yield.
TRACT team checking open well in the fields near forest fringes in the Tadoba landscape
TRACT team facilitating the use of LPG in villages of buffer of Tadoba