In 2013, the Karnataka Forest Department (KFD) embarked upon enlisting the support of civil society for conservation related activities. Over a period of four years and multiple training programmes, more than 700 people were trained and certified as volunteers with the KFD. Initially, this volunteer force was intended to support the Forest Department in animal censuses like tiger or elephant estimation. However, the volunteers, with their sheer initiative, went on to support the Karnataka Forest Department in various roles like traffic management in protected areas, pilgrim management in tiger reserves during annual fairs, management of litter, and many more activities. The volunteers also promoted these activities via social media, and this helped create more awareness; they have continued doing this till date.
A short glimpse of the various activities of these volunteers is showcased in this video.