Tiger Landscape: Central India (Satpuda Maikal)
WWF's work includes reinforcing the anti-poaching capacity of government authorities, supporting tiger reserves and corridors, and working with local communities to reduce pressure on tigers, their prey, and thier habitat. For example:
- Improving livelihood opportunities
WWF-India’s tiger programme has established community-based lending organizations that make microloans to finance small businesses such as broom-making, mushroom farming, lac cultivation and honey collection. This gives economic alternatives to grazing cattle in the forest, poaching and illegal logging.
WWF has also helped increase water availability during the dry season for local people (mostly Baiga and Gond tribal people).
- Supporting tiger reserves
WWF-India provides need-based support to tiger reserves in the form of vehicles, wireless communications systems, check posts, and field gear.
- Securing corridors
WWF is working with communities to stop the degradation of corridors linking tiger reserves, by providing livelihood alternatives, education, and awareness, and mitigating human-wildlife conflict.