Two days special training programme for the frontline staff of the Forest and Wildlife Departments in Rajouri and Poonch concluded on Sunday at the campus of Department of Wildlife Protection, Government of Jammu and Kashmir.
The training programme was specially designed by WWF to train the field staff on dealing with various human-wildlife conflict issues in the mountain areas.
During the training programme frontline staff of the Forest and Wildlife Departments in Rajouri and Poonch was trained on the latest techniques to deal with the issues of human-wildlife conflict. The concluding session of the workshop was chaired by District Development Commissioner Rajouri, Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary.
While speaking Dr. Shahid stressed on the need for regular and sustained training efforts so that the frontline staff of the Forest and Wildlife Departments can professionally deal with the day to day incidences of conflict in their respective areas. He appreciated the role of WWF in organising such training programmes which will go a long way in imparting technical skills to the frontline staff so that they can effectively deal with human-wildlife conflict related issues in the Pir Panjal region. He also stressed on the need for a regular awareness campaign and for involving local communities as part of the human-wildlife conflict mitigation strategy.
Dr. V S Senthil, B Mohandaas, IFS Conservator Forest Jammu West Circle, Dr. Pankaj Chandan, Team Leader Western Himalayas Landscape of WWF, Rohit Rattan, Senior Project Officer WWF-India, N.C Sharma, Wildlife Warden Rajouri – Poonch, DFO Rajouri Sh. Mushtaq Choudhary, senior officials of Forest and Wildlife Department and resource persons from WWF-India were present on the occasion.