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by IFAW United Kingdom category: Charity
Demand for tiger products and skins mean that these animals could be extinct in Bhutan within a decade. Although Bhutan’s constitution requires it to protect its biodiversity and wildlife, rangers are ill equipped to work in its severe weather conditions, making protection work challenging. Rangers work at high altitude, are posted for a minimum of 8 months and often take up to 10 days to reach base camp. Bhutan is susceptible as a trade route for smuggling wildlife products into China.
IFAW will work to improve enforcement by training and equipping front-line field staff. A total of 350 rangers in 10 protected areas will undergo specialist training to enable them to effectively combat poaching and increase trade control. Specialist kit will be provided to rangers to support them in demanding conditions. Cross border coordination for patrolling and intelligence sharing will be developed and trans-boundary conservation linkages with India will be strengthened.
IFAW United Kingdom
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) together with the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) have successfully trained and equipped over 10,000 rangers in India and are uniquely placed to undertake this project. Rangers risk their lives, so a safety net is provided via life-insurance, for rangers and their families who depend on this income. IFAW is able to provide expertise in wildlife crime prevention techniques and tried and tested methods of investigation leading to detection, arrest, prosecution and conviction.