Making rangers patrol-smart
Some 29 field park staffs from Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary, Royal Manas National Park and Samdrup Jonkhar Divisional Forestry (Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary) attended the SMART (Spatial Monitoring And Reporting Tools) patrolling training that was held in Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) from 24rd March till 1st April.
SMART is a site-based approach used to monitor and improve the effectiveness of conservation management. The software has been jointly developed by a consortium of NGOs such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Flora and Fauna International (FFI), Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Frankfurt Zoological Society, New Castle Zoo, CITIES, MIKE, and many others.
The objective of the training was to provide basic, but vital, knowledge to field rangers of the proposed Trans-boundary Manas Conservation Area (TRAMCA) landscape on law enforcement.
During the five-day long training, participants were trained by Rohit Singh, Tactical Protection and Law Enforcement Monitoring Officer of WWF Tigers Alive Initiative based in Malaysia.
The training included GPS and map reading, patrol and patrolling tactics, patrol planning, intelligence gathering, anti-poaching operation, use of SMART patrolling tools, legislation and reporting on patrolling activities.