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Training on sign survey of carnivores, mega herbivores held
Correspondent

Participants being given demonstration on tiger estimation programme in Kaziranga National Park on Tuesday. – Photo: Kaziranga Correspondent
 KAZIRANGA, Jan 9 - Trainers coming from Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, West Bengal and Bhutan, who are participating in the All India Tiger Estimation Programme organised jointly by the NTCA (National Tiger Conservation Authority), Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and Kaziranga National Park-cum-Tiger Reserve since yesterday at Kaziranga were given field training on sign survey of carnivores and mega herbivores, said Raja Ram Singh, Assistant Inspector General of Forest (NTCA), while speaking exclusively to this correspondent today at the Forest Convention Centre.

He said that with the completion of this three-day training programme, the participants will be able to use their knowledge gained during the training programme in their respective forest areas and be able to guide their colleagues and junior staff to conduct sign survey and use M-STrIPES app for the estimation of tiger population, co-predators and their prey.

AIG, (NTCA), Singh said that use of M-STrIPES app will be the first pan-India application of the app in any forestry and wildlife sectors in the country. The application which was developed by WII and NTCA will reduce possible human errors while doing estimation of tiger population. About 98 forest officials and experts from environmental NGOs attended the training programme. Inspector General of Forest (NTCA) DP Bankhwal initiated and supervised the training programme.

Dr Navin Pandey, one of the participants attending the training programme said that during their field visit today demonstrations were given with regard to entry of data collected in the MSTrIPES application in mobile and transferring those collected data to the computer. Later, during the briefing at the Forest Convention Center, trainers were taught about grid sampling systems in order to install cameras inside the forest at one-square-kilometre interval.

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