Operational Planning workshop for West Bengal under the project on ‘Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation in India’ organized at Kolkata

03 Apr, 2018

Under the Indo-German Technical Cooperation on Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation project, an Operational Planning Workshop for West Bengal was organized at Kolkata on 3 April 2018 to finalize the state-level plan of project activities for the next four years, and to identify the project pilot site in the state.

Shri Chandan Sinha, Principal Secretary (Forests), Government of West Bengal delivered the keynote address during the workshop, along with the addresses from Sh Soumitra Dasgupta, IGF (WL) MoEFCC, Sh. Ravikant Sinha, PCCF (WL) & Chief Wildlife Warden of West Bengal Forest Department, Sh. Roy P Thomas Joint Director (WL) MoEFCC, and Dr Neeraj Khera Team Leader HWC Project.

About 50 workshop participants contributed to finalization of the state operational plan of the project, including officials from the West Bengal Forest Department, Civil Society organizations, experts from various organizations such as Wildlife Institute of India, WWF, IUCN, and members of the State Board of Wildlife.

The workshop resulted in finalization of the state level plan of operation for the next four years, and the ‘Gorumara Wildlife Division’ in North Bengal was finalized as project pilot site for implementing the project activities.