Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Conservation Leadership Course-2011

Conservation Leadership Course-2011

(Tiger Watch)

With over 13 years of experience in ground level conservation, anti-poaching, and rehabilitation work, we at Tiger Watch have been able to put together the knowledge that can be invaluable to those making a sincere and serious effort towards conservation.

Why this program?

India is a land of rich biodiversity; there are various cultures and traditions, which have worked in nurturing and preserving its natural wealth. However due to population explosion and its ever increasing needs and demands, there is increased pressure on the environment. The tradition of conservation is soon becoming extinct. It is not possible to return to those times, but we can work on a new culture for conservation from what has been handed down to us since centuries.

The rural population still depends on forest resources, rivers and wildlife commodities for survival. Several species and ecosystems have come under severe threat due to depletion of resources and global warming. Before we reach an irreversible crisis, we need to stop and start working towards conservation with a strategic approach.

Each individual can be a leader in evolving better and newer ways in conserving resources. Environment agencies are working towards this but most of the time, the centralized institutional system does not work at the ground level. For that, there needs to be interaction with people who are working in the field, as they are the ones who have evolved and developed the means and measures to conserve nature with the available resources in the most efficient manner, understanding the ground realities. The motive of this program is to discuss the
current scenario and thrash out new ideas and strategies…

Course Schedule
Duration: May 17, 2011 to May 22, 2011

Program schedule
* Seven lecture sessions with prominent personalities who work at the ground level in various fields towards conservation.
* Two visits to Ranthambhore National Park for understanding the ecology of the tiger.
* A visit to the Chambal river bank to understand the ecology of Gharials
* Visit to the Moghiya Settlement
* Interaction with ex-poachers
* Visit to various projects of Prakritik Society

Program involves talks and close interaction with the following personalities.

Dr Govardhan Singh Rathore – Dr Rathore has more than 20 years of community conservation work to his credit and has helped in reform of several villages. Prince Charles awarded him with the precious Ashden Award for renewable energy. He runs a school for some 300 kids of Ranthambhore. He has helped plant more than 500 biogas plants to substitute firewood and reverse the impact of deforestation. Along with the community, he has planted about 4 lakh trees around Ranthambhore. Dr Rathore has also built a
state-of-art 60-bed hospital for villages near the park area. He is a true icon in community conservation.

Jay Mazoomdaar – A freelance journalist and a wildlife filmmaker. Jay’s understanding of India’s environment politics is unparalleled. Ever since he exposed the extinction of tigers in Sariska, Jay has been closely involved with governmental and non-governmental efforts
for tiger conservation. He has also provided valuable insights into the future trend of conservation, environmental policies, strategies and impact.

Nimesh Ved – Nimesh currently works independently and has been involved with conservation issues at remote locations in Central and Northeast India. He was based at these conservation priority locations where he led field teams and nurtured programs. During the recent past, he was based in south Mizoram where he designed, implemented and documented a conservation education program that was locale specific and sensitive to the cultural values of the landscape. Conservation education is his area of interest where he explores platforms to interact with different segments of the society on wildlife issues.

Dharmendra Khandal – With a doctorate in botany, Dharmendra is the country’s foremost spider expert, and a connoisseur of Rajasthan’s flora and fauna. Dharmendra has been working at the ground level for tiger conservation since the past 9 years. A futurist in anti-poaching and wildlife conservation, he has not just helped governmental agencies get hold of poachers but also established ethics and methodology in anti-poaching strategies. He has religiously taken up the work of rehabilitating poachers’ families.

Program requirements

Applicants must be 18 years and above. The course is intended for people who are currently involved in conservation, students, wildlife writers, or simply those interested in wildlife conservation.

The number of participants will not exceed 25. Participants have to make their own arrangements to reach Sawai Madhopur. The participants are expected to be present by noon of May 17, 2011 i.e. the first day of the course.

Course Cost: Rs. 11,500/-* (including AC accommodation for the course period, meals, park safaris, local travels, field visits and course expenses).
* Fee does not include travel charges to and from Sawai Madhopur.
* Fee does not include hotel arrangements before noon of 17th May and
after noon of 22nd May 2011

Mode of Payment: Cheque or demand draft in favor of “Tiger Watch”

For registration and details please contact:
Divya – 09166167005

Last date for registering: 5th May, 2011

Postal Address: Tiger Watch, Maa Farm, Sherpur Khilchipur, Ranthambhore Road, Distt. Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan 322001