Terney, Russian Far Easy – June 10, 2011 – This week, a three-day training workshop took place at Sikhote Alin State Nature Biosphere Reserve in Primorski Krai (Russian Far East), to train inspectors in the use of the latest techniques in wildlife protection. The training forms part of a collaboration between four State Nature Reserves/National Parks containing important tiger habitat – Lazovksy, Kedrovaya Pad, Sikhote-Alin and Zov Tigra – the Wildlife Conservation Society, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Phoenix Fund and Zoological Society of London. The goal of this multi-national collaboration is to build capacity with protected area officials to combat poaching of the Amur tiger and to restore their populations. USAID provided funding for the workshop.
Michiel Hőtte, Project Manager, explained “The MIST tool enables wildlife inspectors to record and accurately locate their movements, observations and activities whilst out on patrol. Once all the patrol data is fed into the MIST database, it is possible to evaluate the work to see where patrol effort is most effective, where increased coverage of the terrain is needed and how best to deploy resources. MIST helps to identify ‘hotspots’ for tiger poaching and to adjust patrolling strategy accordingly. And of course, this monitoring needs to be ongoing...as new threats appear, MIST provides a means of identifying them and quickly responding.”
About WCS: Wildlife Conservation Society is an American NGO founded in 1895. Its Mission is to save wildlife and wild places worldwide, through science, global conservation and education programs. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people envisage a world where wildlife and humans can live in harmony. Visit www.wcs.org for further information about WCS Global.
Visit www.wcs.org/where-we-work/asia/russia and www.wcsrussia.org for information about WCS Russia programs.
About Phoenix Fund: Please visit website: http://phoenix.vl.ru