Wildlife Trust of India
|Type||Non Profit Organisation, Charitable Trust, Non Government Organisation|
|Founded||1998, New Delhi, INDIA|
|Headquarters||NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh INDIA|
|Area served||All India|
|Key people||Dr.M.K.Ranjitsinh, Mr.Ashok Kumar, Mr.Vivek Menon, Dr NVK Ashraf, Dr PC Bhattacharjee|
|Products||Rapid Action, Guardians of the Wild, Emergency Rescue, Habitat Protection|
|Employees||150+ (All India)|
The Wildlife Trust of India, (WTI) is a national conservation organisation committed to effective action for the protection of India’s natural heritage. Our principal objectives include managing or preventing wildlife crises and mitigating threats to individual wild animals, their populations and habitats through holistic strategies and practical interventions.
WTI was formed in November 1998 in response to the rapidly deteriorating condition of wildlife in India. WTI is a registered charity in India (under Section 12A of the Income Tax Act, 1961).
To conserve wildlife and its habitat and to work for the welfare of individual wild animals, in partnership with communities and governments
A secure natural heritage of India
Within just over a decade, WTI has secured numerous victories and milestones for wildlife in India including: - securing habitats and establishing contiguous forests; - changing public perceptions and attitude through effective campaigning; - promoting individual animal welfare in conservation and pioneering systematic wildlife rehabilitation techniques; - countering wildlife offences through undercover operations and legal assistance; - training and equipping frontline forest staff and helping build their morale; - carrying out field research to identify threats, develop and implement conservation strategies for lesser studied animals and ignored habitats; - advocacy for proactive reforms to create an atmosphere conducive to conservation; - promoting alternative livelihoods to minimise human dependence on forests resources and a lot more.
Priorities: the Big Ideas
i. Species recovery: Recover populations of selected threatened species where WTI can make the most difference, using improved techniques, intensive management, conservation breeding, reintroduction and restocking.
ii. Rescue and rehabilitation: Increase welfare of individual displaced animals while enhancing conservation and pioneering science based rehabilitation, conflict mitigation and wildlife health.
iii. Enforcement and Law: Reduce wildlife crime by strengthening frontline field staff, practical trade control, championing legal defense using existing laws and by providing alternatives to wildlife products and livelihoods.
iv. Securing habitats: Secure critical habitats outside the traditional PA system, especially linkages, wetlands, grasslands, BCPP (Biodiversity Conservation Prioritisation Project), important bird areas and sacred groves, thereby increasing the effective protected area of India by 1%.
v. Wild Aid: Provide short term focused aid both monetary and technical, to assist in emergencies and in emerging conservation issues, to provide rapid aid to animals in distress, to initiate pilot projects or innovative ideas to help conservation and to focus public attention on conservation emergencies.
WTI currently focuses its resources on six priority landscapes – northeast India, western Himalayas, terai, southern Ghats system, central India and marine. These landscapes notwithstanding, we have and will continue to provide aid and assistance to wildlife in need in any part of India, either through direct intervention or by supporting initiatives of like-minded individuals or institutions.
They are administratively classified as ‘Depth’ or ‘Breadth’ projects: WTI currently runs 12 Depth Projects that holistically address multiple conservation hurdles specific to an area through a multi-pronged approach. These projects, most often than not incorporate more than one of WTI’s Big Ideas into their goals and generally last multiple years. The Breadth Projects are those that address specific conservation issues that may not be limited in time and space in the country. These projects most often than not address only one of WTI’s priorities. These include capacity building of frontline staff, prevention of wild animal (particularly elephant) death due to train hits, Rapid Action Project aid to grassroots NGOs and individuals among others.
What began as a three-member team in a small room in south Delhi in 1998, is today a family of about 150 professionals from diverse backgrounds - conservation biologists, scientists, sociologists, wildlife veterinarians, managers, lawyers, finance experts and communication specialists - but committed to the common cause of wildlife. They are based in any of the 15 field stations in remote parts of the country and a central coordinating office in the national capital region. An eight-member Executive Management Team comprising experienced conservationists, scientists, managers and bureaucrats provide a visionary leadership to the vibrant and enthusiastic WTI team. The Board of Trustees of WTI comprises nine stalwarts who bring together a collective experience of at least 300 years in the field of conservation, education and management.
Quick Action to ensure swift and timely assistance to wildlife in the hour and place of need Private sector work ethics and an NGO heart, working with private sector deadlines, management principles, periodic reviews driven by passion for wildlife and nature Building Alliances to function through partnerships and coalitions to extend geographical oversight, expertise, skills and global networking. Utilising funds efficiently ensuring that 80% of all specified wildlife donations are spent on the field Using manpower and skills optimally ensuring a broad-viewed approach to conservation
WTI is geared to act quickly with minimum bureaucracy, ensuring that assistance reaches the field, where it is needed the most, as soon as possible. This could be in the form of finance, equipment, infrastructure and expert personnel, or it could be in the form of support for training. Rehabilitation and re-introduction of wild species back into their habitat, acquiring land for wildlife, creating innovative communication packages, providing relief in cases of conflict etc., are also part of the approach to promoting conservation.
WTI functions through partnerships and coalitions. Regional partners provide geographical oversight, technical partners provide the expertise and skill that may be required in specific projects, and international partners help in fund raising and global positioning. The core team at WTI comprises biologists, conservationists, veterinarians, communication professionals and lawyers who pool their respective skills to a common end.
WTI programmes are supported, among others, by:
- Ministry of Environment & Forest, Government of India
- Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India.
- State Forest & Wildlife Departments.
- International Fund for Animal Welfare
- David Shepherd Conservation Foundation, United Kingdom.
- United States Fish and Wildlife Service
- Tata Chemicals Ltd.
- Gujarat Heavy Chemicals Ltd.
- The Serenity Trust
- Charities Aid Foundation
- Born Free Foundation
- Rufford Foundation
- Care for the Wild International
- World Animal Protection
- Japan Wildlife Conservation Society
- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
- British High Commission, New Delhi
- National Mineral Development Corporation
- Indian natural history
- Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS)
- Sanctuary Asia
- Wildlife of India
- Protected areas of India
- Wildlife Institute of India (WII)
- Zoo Outreach Organisation