|Date||26 Mar 2018|
The present project focuses on landscape-level conservation of wildlife and biodiversity in Bhutan. Set to assess the structural connectivity of Biological corridor No. 8 that connects two national parks, Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park in central Bhutan with Wangchuck Centennial National Park, the project will play a critical role in enhancing the information on the BC, which as of now has not received much conservation attention. BCs in Bhutan are not managed at par with protected areas as of now due to financial and other constraints. The BC is expected to enhance the mobility of large mammals like tigers and leopards, as JSWNP is together with Royal Manas National Park is considered to have tiger source population and WCNP and northern protected areas have lesser tiger number as per national tiger survey report.
Through this project, I will look into the distribution of prey species as influenced by various biophysical aspects, which all constitute an important structural component of the landscape for enabling save movement corridor for large carnivores. The study area is divided into grids of 2.5 X 2.5 km and in each grid, transect survey will be conducted and camera traps will be installed. I will also assess the people’s perception on biological corridors and conservation and information based on the research component will be disseminated to communities and recommendations will be put forward to the department for securing the BC for wildlife movement.
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