Date: 10/07/2024

DP World strengthens its commitment towards wildlife conservation at Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve 
Provides path breaking, AI-enabled cameras to enhance surveillance 
DP World has strengthened its commitment to wildlife conservation efforts at the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR). Recognising the critical need to protect the reserve’s 93 tigers and support the larger population of over 150 tigers in the TATR, DP World has partnered with TATR management for implementing a pioneering AI-based virtual wall and human-animal conflict mitigation system (HACMS). These efforts are part of a broader initiative that includes the provision of advanced fire protection equipment and the installation of AI cameras in three buffer villages surrounding the reserve. This innovative approach not only aims to secure the habitats of these magnificent creatures but is also a testament to DP World’s commitment to its partner TATR in fostering a harmonious coexistence between humans and wildlife, making a lasting impact on the region’s biodiversity.
Tadoba National Park, the oldest and largest in Maharashtra, spans approximately 1,727 square km, with around 625 square km designated as critical tiger habitat (core) and about 1,101 square km serving as a buffer area. This reserve is celebrated for having the fastest-growing tiger population in India, making it a crucial stronghold for these magnificent big cats, among a rich tapestry of other wildlife. 
DP World has actively supported the implementation of the Human-Animal Conflict Mitigation System (HACMS), an advanced technology with cloud-based infrastructure for real-time data transmission and analysis. This technology was highlighted by the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi in his “Mann Ki Baat” program. A standout feature is its predictive analytics, which monitors wildlife behaviour and sends early warnings of tigers, bears and leopards nearing villages, thereby reducing the risk of attacks on humans and livestock. The system triggers a series of alerts, including hooters at village poles, mobile notifications to forest officials, and public address announcements, ensuring timely communication and preventing dangerous encounters. This comprehensive alert mechanism enhances the safety of both humans and wildlife. 
Furthermore, to enhance TATR’s firefighting capabilities, DP World has equipped rangers with the necessary tools – including a fire truck, swift-moving mini fire tender, and 10 high-performance fire blowers - to effectively combat forest fires and protect the delicate balance of the reserve. 
In 2022, DP World made a significant contribution to the TATR by providing two patrolling vehicles to the Conservation Foundation, greatly enhancing the safety and efficiency of forest patrols.  Last year, DP World also provided TATR with thermal drones which have significantly boosted the reserve’s surveillance capabilities by enabling real-time monitoring of wildlife and habitats. This technology has proven to be a cost-effective and non-invasive alternative to traditional methods.  
DP World is part of an industry task force led by “United for Wildlife”, which partners with key stakeholders to tackle unlawful wildlife trade. DP World has signed 11 commitments, including stopping the transportation and trade of illegal wildlife products, said a release.
Source: Exim News Service: Nagpur, July 9