Tiger Trust to in­volve youth

Tiger Trust wants to in­volve the youth in the field of con­ser­va­tion by tap­ping schools and col­leges at na­tional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els. Its vi­sion is to plan a na­tional meet so that they can par­tic­i­pate in pol­icy-mak­ing de­ci­sions.

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Tiger Trust was founded by Pad­mashri Late Kailash Sankhala, Found­ing Di­rec­tor of Project Tiger which was gov­ern­ment of In­dia’s prin­ci­pal ini­tia­tor of tiger con­ser­va­tion, in In­dia in 1989, to pro­tect tigers in their nat­u­ral habi­tat. The trust func­tions in a three­p­ronged ap­proach, namely ca­pac­ity build­ing, aware­ness cam­paigns and work­ing with the front­line of­fi­cers of for­est depart­ment and tribal peo­ple in the pe­riph­eral vil­lages in­clud­ing schools around the na­tional parks.

The trust is now led by An­jana Gosain, Chief Func­tionary Of­fi­cer, Tiger Trust. Speak­ing about the di­rec­tion that the trust has taken, she says, “Tiger Trust has big plans for the youth in the field of con­ser­va­tion by in­volv­ing school and col­lege stu­dents at na­tional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els. It has al­ready re­ceived sup­port from Clem­son Univer­sity, South Carolina, Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for Tigers and sev­eral schools and col­leges in In­dia to make this dream come true. The vi­sion is to plan a na­tional meet that will in­volve the youth in pol­i­cy­mak­ing de­ci­sions and to have a fo­rum to ad­dress th­ese is­sues and also travel in prom­i­nent parks to­gether. This is planned for 2019.” Gosain is a prac­tis­ing ad­vo­cate in the Supreme Court and High Court with spe­cial­i­sa­tion in en­vi­ron­men­tal law and has a stand­ing prac­tice of over 39 years.

The Trust’s vi­sion is to build an ef­fec­tive le­gal in­fras­truc­ture, strong net­work of trained and em­pow­ered for­est staff that pro­vides long-term sup­port for wildlife con­ser­va­tion, es­pe­cially tigers in na­tional parks. Gosain says, “I be­lieve that wildlife tourism and its con­cept has to change with the times. In view of in­creas­ing hu­man-an­i­mal con­flict, it has now be­come nec­es­sary to have a se­ri­ous relook for grant­ing per­mis­sions for fresh ho­tels, car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity in the for­est and ed­u­cate the tourists about the be­hav­iour and con­cern for the wild an­i­mals. Wildlife tourism should in­voke pas­sion and a feel­ing of re­spon­si­bil­ity among tourists. Hence, a well planned and a friendly ap­proach has to be taken by the stake­hold­ers.”

Tiger Trust has big in­volv­ing school and col­lege stu­dents at na­tional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els

An­jana Gosain Tiger Trust

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