Forest conservation efforts alone by authorities, without the local participation, could be a waste of effort. For local communities to participate in forest conservation they need to strengthen their organizational capacity. For which they need to develop skills and competence in certain technical aspects of forestry and conservation.
For capacity building, the local community needs range from basic education to training in mapping, driving safaris, forest guides, english speaking, use of geographic information systems. The training needs to be identified based on the avenues for employment.
Ran Mangli Foundation is working towards developing competence among the local forest-neighboring communities. In Ran Mangli’s research and observation there are avenues for employment however the deficiencies are in the skills. Therefore Ran Mangi Foundation partners with the Maharashtra Forest Department for the capacity building through training.