Hi-tech software to check poaching in Corbett Park  Jotirmay Thapliyal

Dehradun, September 26
The Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India has come up with a technology-aided monitoring mechanism for tigers and the Corbett has been selected among seven tiger reserves of the country by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) to implement it as a pilot project.
Named MSTriPes (Monitoring system for Tigers Intensive Patrolling and Ecological Status), the software will keep a track on patrols and would also help identify vulnerable points inside a protected area.
Qamar Qureshi, tiger scientist, WII, and the brain behind the software, revealed that the MSTriPES software would go a long way in tiger conservation. He said the country-wide assessment of tigers had a periodicity of four years and with tiger source population prone to poaching, this interval was too long for the timely detection of any decline in the tiger population in a particular reserve to go for subsequent interventions. He said the software would help generate systematic data that could be scientifically analysed at regular short intervals to achieve effective field conservation.
The implementation of the MSTriPES has four components starting from field training to data collection followed by data entry and storage and finally the analysis and the interpretation of the data to get the results.
Referring to the importance of the MSTriPes software, Qureshi said the data could be integrated and visualised in the park headquarters itself and also at the Chief Wildlife Warden’s office. “The biggest advantage of the MSTriPES is that it makes the ground work done by the forest staff transparent and readily available for decision making,” Qureshi pointed out.
A need to develop a technology-aided patrolling and ecological monitoring system that would update and guide park management of trends in wildlife populations, illegal activities, anthropogenic pressure and habitat status was being felt for sometime. The MSTriPes software will help achieve effective field conservation through smart patrolling and ecological monitoring. It will also provide the forest authorities with details of water source distribution and the animal distribution in the park.
Apart from Corbett, Ranthambore, Sariska, Badra, Anamalai, Kanha and Nagarjunsagar are other reserves where the MSTriPES will be put to use in tiger conservation. The NTCA has also initiated training workshops to make the forest staff implement the programme.

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