Awely des tigres et des hommes Tigers and People

Raising awareness of villagers to protect tigers

27 November 2015

The role of local communities is essential for the safeguarding of wild tigers. As well as often being the first to arrive on site, they act as custodians of the environment where they live and on which their survival depends.

In this way, our organisation and all our partners working for the protection of tigers give great importance to pedagogy and the education of local populations about environmental issues. In Nepal, in India and in Bangladesh, our teams establish real relationships based on trust with villagers in order to inform and to raise awareness about the protection of wild tigers.

In Nepal for example, our programme for the conservation of the species is based entirely within local communities. Indeed, the Suklaphanta reserve suffers from high human pressure on the Bengal tiger habitat. Our actions, which particularly aim to reduce natural-resource use by proposing alternative strategies to villagers, work in parallel with our education campaigns that guide populations as they put this new information into practice.

This awareness-raising can take different forms. Firstly, our team of Green caps is in daily contact with the populations living near the reserve. In addition, we lead specific pedagogical sessions in schools and within communities. Finally, a documentary film made last year by Fabien Lemaire has been shown across the region. It aims to inform the broader public about the protection of tigers and their habitat.

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