The Telegraph
Monday , February 13 , 2017

Software tab on big cats

The workshop to introduce officials to the software. Telegraph picture

Bhubaneswar, Feb. 12: Monitoring System for Tiger-Intensive Protection and Ecological Status, an Android-based software, will be introduced by all tiger reserves for effective monitoring of big cat conservation.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has developed the software.

Last week, a workshop for field officials and technical staff of 11 tiger reserves in the country's eastern region was hosted by Similipal Tiger Reserve at Baripada to introduce them to the software.

The pilot use of the Android-based software has already been completed and its implementation in the Similipal Tiger Reserve is likely to start from April.

Speaking to The Telegraph, deputy director of Similpal Tiger Reserve Ajit Satpathy said: "With the adoption of this software, monitoring of tiger conservation measures can be done at the forest beat level."

He said: "Funds will be provided to all tiger reserves across the country by the National Tiger Conservation Authority in its coming budget."

The software captures detailed information on population status and trends, animal mortality, illegal activity, human pressures, patrol effort, habitat status for monitoring and guiding management. It provides a comprehensive geographic information system (GIS) and statistical tool for processing and reporting information needed for conservation and management purposes.

At the workshop, training on the operation of the software was imparted to master trainers, who in turn would train other staff members of the tiger reserves. The state's chief wildlife warden Sidhhant Das inaugurated the workshop in the presence of inspector-general (forests) of NTCA's Nagpur region Debabrata Swain. Around 40 field and technical officials from Manas, Kajiranga, Nameri (Assam), Pakke, Namdapha (Arunachal Pradesh), Dampa (Mizoram), Palamau (Jharkhand), Udanti Sitanadi (Chhattisgarh), Buxa (Bengal) and Similipal and Satkosia (Odisha) took part in the workshop. They were trained by professor Y.V. Jhala of Wildlife Institute of India and his team of research scholars.

Jhala and his team members spoke about tiger conservation issues and challenges. They also explained how Monitoring System for Tiger-Intensive Protection and Ecological Status would help in the scientific management of tigers.

Simlipal Tiger Reserve's field director H.K. Bisht and divisional forest officers of Baripada, Karanjia and Rairangpur divisions among others attended the workshop.

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