Capacity building training on crocodile handling for field staff, PRIs

Port Blair
18 Apr 2017

A two-day capacity building training programme for field staff, PRI members of joint patrolling team for capturing and release of crocodile got underway at Mini Zoo, Haddo here today.
Inaugurating the training programme, the PCCF and Principal. Secretary (E&F), Dr. Alok Saxena emphasized that human animal interface should be taken to level where cohabitation is possible instead of conflict, and appealed to the participants of the training to use this programme to enhance their capacity as field functionaries to serve the society and safeguarding lives in more responsible way.
Speaking as the guest of honour, the PCCF (Wildlife) cum CWLW, Shri M.S. Negi highlighted the efforts of the Department of Environment & Forests in formulating Crocodile Conflict Management Plan in mitigating conflict situation across islands by placing joint patrolling team and special rescue teams at each Panchayat which are vulnerable.
Further he stated that training programme is a component of the conflict mitigation scheme and it is first step in restoring conservation of this globally threatened species in this Island by including people in strategic management of its habitat by reducing interactions.
The APPCF (A&V), Mr Tarun Coomar while addressing the participants reinstated for co-habitation with crocodile by understanding their requirement and avoiding negative interface with wild animals.
The CF (Wildlife) Smti Arti while welcoming the PRI members, field staff and members of joint patrolling team from across Islands, impressed upon measures taken by Wildlife Wing to building in confidence among the local people to provide safe and secure zone for livelihood.
The DCF (Wildlife), Mr Naveen Kumar conducted the day’s programme about crocodile behavior, capturing tools and release techniques, while trained crocodile rescue team had imparted hands on training to the participants.