Capacity-building training on tiger conservation begins

[ Indrajit Tingwa ]
DEBAN/MIAO, Dec 5: A five-day capacity building training on tiger conservation for forest frontline staff of the Namdapha Tiger Reserve (NTR) commenced at the Forest Rest House in Deban on Tuesday.
The training is being organised by the Zoo Outreach Organisation (ZOO) in collaboration with the Namdapha Tiger Reserve, and the Department of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, and funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Miao Additional Deputy Commissioner, Tage Rumi, while appreciating the frontline staff for their dedicated service, expressed hope that the training will empower them to perform their assigned duties better.
Field Director of Namdapha National Park, C Loma termed the forest staff as saviours of wildlife. He asked them to focus on protection and conservation of wildlife.
Earlier, ZOO Chief Education Officer, Mari Mutthu gave a brief outline of the organisation and the purpose of the training programme.
Over the course of five days, the staffers will be trained in the use of basic field equipment like GPS, camera traps, etc.
Biologist from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), Regional Office, Guwahati, Kamal Azad made a PowerPoint presentation on the ecological programmes and functions of the NTCA, while Research Officer T Yomcha dealt with the map of the Namdapha National Park and its critical tiger habit.
Other resource persons include ZOO representative Dr Daniel, freelance wildlife researcher from Hyderabad, Sheikh Hussain, and Murlikrishna, an expert on small mammals from the Amity Institute of Forestry and Wildlife, Amity University, Noida.