Wildlife Conservation Society focuses on science-based conservation of wildlife and wild spaces. They combine wildlife conservation action and strategic policy interventions with rigorous principles of conservation science and forge long-lasting, productive partnerships with governmental and non-governmental partners as well as with local communities. WCS-India is currently working across 20 states in India to address a diverse range of conservation issues such as the consolidation of critical wildlife habitats and corridors in the Protected Area Network of the Western and Eastern Ghats, countering illegal wildlife trafficking, conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems, and mitigating human-wildlife conflict. They work through working closely with governments, capacity enhancement of enforcement agencies, strengthening networks and awareness generation and stakeholder and community engagement.
What excites us about their work:
- Works across an ecosystem of actors in key areas with a focus on critical species and wildlife spaces to build the capacity of state actors sustain wildlife conservation
- Creative solutions for micro-level issues faced in critically endangered species and habitat through capacity building, training and awareness interventions especially
- Focused efforts in close partnership with stakeholders such as Forest, Police and Revenue departments, NGOs, the media and judiciary, and individuals.
- Bringing conservation science to all actors along the spectrum to study, understand, analyse and maintain systems to protect wildlife and wild spaces.
- Responds to the needs of humans in conflict with animals, in both protecting them from harm and providing critical livelihood support for relocating communities that move away from forest areas.