Primary Response Teams
Human - Large Carnivore Conflict Mitigation :
We have worked in more than 250 villages with an objective to mitigate human - tiger / leopard conflict. In 2011, we conceptualised and created the Primary Response Teams in conflict affected villages in the Chandrapur landscape.
Reasons for conflict range from people's presence in the forest for collection of forest produce, firewood or grazing their livestock. Large carnivores are also lured close to village precincts by livestock and strays.
Work in 60 villages was done under this program. Our efforts included creating leadership (Primary Response Teams) within the local communities and training them to participate in mitigation.
An initiative to increase employment in these 5 conflict affected villages: This was done by skill building in selected youth and women.
Training for hospitality was imparted to girls and jobs assured. These communities have very few opportunities due to lack of skills, education and industry in these forest fringes. Building capacity in individuals can ensure financially sustainable employment and reduce forest dependence
Awareness Programs in Schools and Villages
Over 2 years, we have worked with the communities of 60 villages affected by this human - large carnivore conflict. The objective has been to create awareness among the communities about their role in mitigation and securing themselves, the need for every individual to participate in the mitigation of human - large carnivore conflict and the need for co-existence with wildlife.
Under this initiative, TRACT is also working with Teachers and school children in these villages to sensitise them about the need to protect the forest and wildlife; and their role in the same.