In January 2015, four participants from Malaysia successfully completed the three-month “Advanced Course in Wildlife Management” conducted at the Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun. These included two participants from DWNP, and one each from the Sabah Wildlife Department and the Forest Department of Sarawak. This support is part of the PA Financing Project’s commitment to strengthen the capacity of frontliners from Malaysian PA agencies that are directly engaged in PA and wildlife management.
The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in Dehradun was established in 1982 to train both government and non-government personnel, carry out research, and advise on conservation and management of wildlife resources. Since its establishment, WII has developed an exceptional programme work focused on safeguarding India’s biodiversity which was threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation. Fully recognizing that wildlife conservation should not merely consist of providing protection to a few splendid species, WII is known for its holistic approach. Training is field-based and integrates the biological, socio-economic, and human aspects of an area. All these aspects have made WII a highly-regarded training institution for other countries in the region, like Malaysia, that face similar challenges in striving to conserve threatened biodiversity in a rapidly changing landscapes.
WII has a longstanding relationship with Malaysia’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP), and has had a role training and capacity building for Malaysian officers in the past.
Participants’ in the course had the opportunity to gain valuable training in conservation and research techniques across diverse landscapes from wetlands of significance for birdlife, to landscapes important for ungulates and India’s big cats. Graduates from training in India have returned energized by the experience and eager to implement their newfound knowledge and skills within the national system. In 2015, four more trainees, including those from Perak State Park Corporation and Johor National Park Corporation will be supported to undertake the Advanced Course at Dehradun
Those that have been supported to attend the Advanced Training Course will also have a role in strengthening training and capacity building for protected area personnel in Malaysia. They will be called upon to serve as resource persons and teaching faculty for the “Effective Protected Area and Wildlife Management” certificate training course which will be offered for the first time at Malaysia’s Institute BioDiversiti (IBD) in November 2015. This national training programme will provide standardized training developed specifically for the Malaysian context. Participants comprising mid-level protected area personnel will be invited from PA agencies from across the country.