Based on the successful implementation of FREEP – Eco Development Project, the World Bank recognized KMTR as a “Field Learning Centre” for Strengthening Knowledge Management and National Capacity for Landscape Conservation. The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MOEF & CC) approved KMTR as “Field Learning Centre – (FLC)” under the Biodiversity Conservation & Rural Livelihood Improvement Project (BCRLIP) through G.O. (Rt) No.179 E&F dated 18.03.2011. The FLC was sanctioned to function from 2011-2012 to 2015-2016 with a buffer period of two years (2016-17 & 2017-18) at a cost of Rs. 378.05 Lakhs.
The KMTR – FLC will provide hands-on training through cross visits, exchange assignments, training sessions, documentation and dissemination of conservation best practices. In addition to transmit KMTR Eco Development community mobilisation and field skills to participatory conservation practioners , to conduct capacity building trainings, workshops, participatory planning etc. for landscape conservation.
The rationale behind establishing this centre of Excellence, Field Learning Centre, is the long term conservation of biodiversity, sustainable utilization and livelihood security of forest dependent communities. The major objectives of BCRLIP – FLC in KMTR are,