New Delhi, India: A new software monitoring system to improve the effectiveness of all surveillance and anti-poaching interventions in the Project Tiger Reserve areas has been launched. Named M-STrIPES, the tool has been developed to strengthen the interventions by field directors in order to control poaching and further intrusions into the forests. The system will enable field managers to assist intensity and spatial coverage patrols in a GIS domain. It will also provide fore casting of detrimental events-early warnings like poaching or habitat degradation and thus would provide scope for timely safeguards.
Minister of Environment and Forests (I/C) Shri Jairam Ramesh said, “There are 39 Tiger Reserves in the country today. This system will ensure that the surveillance activities that are done by field director and his colleagues is based on ground level information. This system has been developed by the Wildlife Institute of India in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London and the National Tiger Conservation Authority.”
Regarding the implementation of the new system, the Minister disclosed, “As a pilot initiative, it is proposed to implement the system within two months at six tiger reserves. They are Corbett; Uttaranchal, Ranthambore; Rajasthan, Kanha; Madhya Pradesh, Bhadra; Karnataka, Annamalai; Tamilnadu and Nagarjunasagar Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh.”
While giving a presentation of the software, Dr Y V Jhala, a senior scientist from Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, said that the M-STrIPES is an important system developed for providing patrolling protocols recording wildlife crimes and ecological monitoring. The software has been customised for storage, analysis, retrieval and reporting at different spatial scales which includes beat, range, division, state and country.