Paro Forest Division officially kick started the WWF funded project on “Protecting Tigers Beyond Protected Areas” today, through a day long project orientation meeting assisted by WWF Bhutan. During the meeting, Mr. Sither Tenzin and Miss Dechen Yeshi from WWF Bhutan assisted Paro Division on reviewing the project goals and targets as well as provided numerous advices related to successful implementation of the project activities.
The project will be implemented for a period of three years (2018 to 2021) in which the division targets to achieve various objectives such as achieving zero poaching status of tigers under the division, increase tiger population by 20%, reducing wildlife crime by 60%, increasing confidence of our forestry staff in legal proceeding to 100%, making all households in 14 gewogs and 15 schools aware on Forest and Nature Conservation Rules and Regulations, 2017, adopt and built staff capacity in SMART patrolling technology, improve infrastructures and many more.
After the orientation program, representatives from WWF Bhutan handed over 50 Cudde Back wildlife cameras to enhance monitoring of Tigers under the division. The division henceforth plans to install all camera traps in Tiger habitat and shall be monitored on regular basis for the coming future.