|Fred and colleague Cory Brown view some of India’s wildlife during a field assessment of a project working to mitigate human-big cat conflicts. Photo Credit: Harshawardhan Dhanwatey, Tiger Research and Conservation Trust|
For Fred Bagley, who retired recently after 37 years with the Service – most in the Division of International Conservation administering programs aimed at development of wildlife conservation capacity in Asia – one change stands out.
“When I first started working with the Service’s international program in 1989, there was really a need for transfer of knowledge and technical skills. Conservationists in Asia needed help from the outside.” His first international project was to strengthen the training and research capacity of the faculty of India’s wildlife institute, which India established in 1982.
Now, he says, “There are many more well-prepared wildlife conservationists working in Asia, many of them trained by the Wildlife Institute of India.”
“Capacity development continues to be a major focus of Service programs,” Fred says, but “the financial assistance the Service provides with the Multinational Species Conservation funds is very important to the support of on-the-ground conservation initiatives in Asian countries.”