Instructions to the selected participants of Wildlife Conservation Society – India sponsored three day residential workshop for Media persons
SENSITISING MEDIA ON TIGERS AND ITS HABITAT IN TAMILNADU
Conservation often requires that its purpose be translated or communicated to non biologists/lay men. Media could serve as the communication medium through which conservation, and in the bigger picture, the whole world could be benefited.
The workshop aims to achieve afore mentioned goal by adopting various strategies to sensitize the practising professionals. Apart from sensitisation, local issues on Forests and Wildlife Conservation would also be dealt with so that Media can have clear understanding of the ground truth.
WORKSHOP TIME LINE AND VENUE:
This three day residential workshop is conducted at Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, adjacent to Anamalai Tiger Reserve. The place is 100 kms south of Coimbatore ( via Pollachi). Dates: May 6 – 8, 2011.
Travel to Parambikulam Tiger Reserve:
Participants will be taken to Parambikulam Tiger Reserve (PTR), by road ( 2.5 hours travel time from Coimbatore).
Travel, stay, food and workshop expenses from Coimbatore – Parambikulam and back to Coimbatore only will be borne by WCS – India. Outstation participants have to arrange their own travel plans to reach and get back from Coimbatore.
WCS -India vehicle will leave from Coimbatore Collector office premises, nearer to Coimbatore Railway station at 8 AM on Friday, May 6. Participants will be dropped back at the same place on Sunday, May 8, 2011. No other vehicle will be arranged for late comers and entering Parambikulam Tiger Reserve without prior information is also difficult.
Participants will be accommodated in two dormitories at Parambikulam Tiger Reserve (separate for Men & Women). Since there aren’t enough rooms for all and dormitories are well equipped, this arrangement has been made.
If the number of women participants go below 4, a separate room for them will be arranged.
Participants will be taken for couple of short treks/vehicle safaris inside PTR in the mornings and evenings. Day time will be shared with experts on all three days with presentation – discussion and short film/documentary screenings.
Outstation participants who come early to Coimbatore can have an overnight stay/wash in Annamalai Hotel nearer to railway station arranged by WCS. Local participants will join them at 8 AM to travel in two vans towards PTR.
Participation in this workshop gives:
Inputs on Media Coverage of Wildlife - responsible and unbiased reporting,
Success stories on environment,
Analysing Non Governmental Organisation’s (NGO) agenda,
Sociological impact of conservation related activities,
Maintaining an efficient relationship with forest officials and conservation related stories in Media.
Status of three Tiger reserves in Tamil Nadu and the newly proposed Sathy Tiger Reserve
Positioning of Tiger at the top of the value chain,
Man – animal conflict, sustainable development,
Ill effects of pilgrimage tourism, forests as climatic and resource guardians,
Threat from poachers, importance of endemic species
Threat from exotic species, conserving the corridors of migratory animals
Healthy forest management, reintroduction of extinct species
Improving the prey base, scientific methods in documenting the presence of tigers
Wildlife research documentation,
Organising wildlife campaigns,
Snowballing media coverage,
AT THE END OF THE WORKSHOP YOU RECEIVE:
1. A certificate signed by WCS authorities.
2. Research reports and books on wildlife.
3. DVD’s on Wildlife.
WORKSHOP IS FREE:
This workshop is sponsored by WCS – India and organised by Eco Club of PSG College of Arts and Science and Arulagam, an eNGO in Coimbatore. Hence the food, stay and travel expenses at Coimbatore and PTR will be taken care of by the organisers.
However, the sponsor does not cover your travel expense from your home town to Coimbatore and vice versa and other unexpected expenditures.
DO’S AND DON’TS:
1. Do not bring plastic bags.
2. No perfumes/body sprays.
4. The food and stay is in the forest. Hence a premium service cannot be expected. Still, Parambikulam is known for its good service. No junk foods allowed. South Indian, Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian food will be served.
5. Smoking and alcohol consumption is strictly banned. Even the baggages are checked at the entry point. Anyone found using them is likely to be penalised by PTR authorities. Organisers do not have any say regarding this rule.
6. Sighting of Wildlife during short treks/Safari is just a matter of luck. Hence don’t expect Tigers and Elephants to come roaming.
9. Photography should not be a disturbance to Wildlife and the participants have to adhere to the rules of PTR and Kerala Forest Department.
10. Only BSNL mobile works in this forest. Hence bring BSNL sim cards. Broad band doesn’t exist. Hence day to day reporting from PTR is really difficult.
1.Formals and Semi formals. Forest colour (brown, green, grey colour) dress code is better for outings.
2.Sneaker shoes are highly recommended. Two pairs of extra socks are essential so that dormitories do not get soaked with the sweat smell.
3.Hats (again dull coloured) advised.
4. One bed spread shall be brought by the participant so that they do not feel uncomfortable with the common use blankets given in the dormitory.
5.A thin winter wear, preferably a thermal wear to keep you warm in the night. But day time will be definitely warmer. Luckily PTR received good rains this week.
6.Tick bites will be highly irritating in summer. Hence avoid half pants and three fourths. Since it is raining now ( rare occurrence), tick bites will be less, but Leach bites will become common if you opt for trekking.
7.A handy torch light will be of much use.
8.Bring your own Medical kit if you have a health issue for Hospitals and Medical shops are at least 25 kms away. However an emergency Medical kit with basic medicines will be available with the organisers.
Around 25 journalists are expected to participate in this three day residential workshop. Over 70 % of them are selected from the important forest and wildlife vicinity areas like Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Pollachi, Valparai, Madurai etc.
To cater to the needs/usage of these local correspondents, the course design is oriented much towards local issues than on national policies. Hence Senior Journalists from Metropolitan cities should not expect high level discussions on policy matters in forest management.
But the issues we see in Sathy, Nilgiris, Valparai are of great relevance even at an international level. Presence of Tigers and Elephants in large numbers in these areas and the increasing human - animal conflict is of great concern to every nature enthusiast or an environmentalist.
Language barrier: At least 50 % of the presentations will be in Tamil. Journalists who have problem in understanding Tamil can have one to one discussions with field experts since most of them will be staying there.
For further details and clarifications
Call or mail:
1.Project Coordinator : C.R.Jayaprakash. 98942 59100
Bharathidasan (Arulagam) +91 98432 11772.
Lakshminarayanan.N (WCS- India) + 91 9445779052.
Mohanraj.K (Save Coimbatore Wetlands) + 9363147760.
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