Wildlife management is an important aspect of forest management. The Forestry Decision Support System built for the Forest Divisions through collation of about 100 forest thematic data layers grouped into a number of logical groups was of significance importance for wildlife management supported with map based demarcation of the wildlife transact lines, poaching locations, sagging power line alignments, human-animal conflict areas, location of anti-poaching squad, location of game tanks. The DSS also provides information on the location of the forest infrastructures such as watch towers, VHF towers, bit houses, important contact information for communication in case of untoward incidents. The DSS also maps the location of illegal storage locations, smuggle routes along with the identification of the poaching hot spots to enable frequent patrolling & surveillance.
GIS based decision support for wildlife management helped in
- Quick decision support through availability of map based information on forest infrastructure/ wildlife citing locations/ smuggling routes/ poaching area
- The GIS database forms a platform for day-to-day monitoring of patrolling & surveillance for wildlife protection.
High Resolution Satellite Imagery, Geographic Information System, Differential GPS, Database Management System