Aaranyak, one of the leading biodiversity conservation organisations of India is being relentlessly conducting various training programmes for frontline personnel. Such a training programme on Application of GPS in Field Survey for the Frontline staff of Genetic Cell Division, Assam was carried out from 2 to 4 December 2021 at the Genetic Cell Division, Assam and Garbhanga Reserve Forest.
The request for the GPS training was made to Aaranyak’s CEO, Dr. Bibhab Kumar Talukdar by Mr. Sailen Das, DFO, Genetic Cell Division for their upcoming field surveys across various ranges of the Genetic Cell Division.
The training programme was jointly facilitated by Dr. Bibhab Kumar Talukdar and ACF Mrigen Baruah, Genetic Cell Division.
A total of eight frontline staff consisting of seven Forester-I and one Forest Guard participated in the 3-Day training programme. The participants were from C.A.G (Central Assam Genetic) Range Basistha, Divison H.Q, N.A.G (Northern Assam Genetic) Range Patasali, W.A.G (Western Assam Genetic) Range and E.A.G (Eastern Assam Genetic) Range of the Genetic Cell Division, Assam.
The training programme comprised of both classroom lectures and hands-on field sessions, conducted by Prosenjit Sheel from Tiger Research and Conservation Division (TRCD), and Avishek Sarkar, and Madhumita Borthakur from Geo-Spatial Technology & Application Division (GTAD) of Aaranyak. Ajay Basumatary from TRCD supported with logistics arrangement of the programme.
The participants were trained on basics of GPS device functionality, marking plot points and calculating area of plots using GPS device. They were particularly trained in systematically recording and documenting GPS coordinates and tracks from field survey which will be later used for analysis and mapping work by the Genetic Cell Division.
The first two days of the 3-day training programme was conducted by Aaranyak while on the 3rd the training was conducted by the senior officials of the Genetic Cell Division, Assam.
Sailen Das, DFO and Mrigen Baruah, ACF along with the frontline staff of the Genetic Cell Division, Assam acknowledged the effort by SG & CEO of Aaranyak, Dr. Bibhab Kumar Talukdar for quick initiation and facilitation of the training programme. They thanked the training team of Aaranyak for this training session, and have requested Aaranyak to conduct such trainings regularly to build capacity of the frontline staff.