Madhya Pradesh Forest Department: Innovative Solutions and Better Infrastructure Resolve Age Old Problems, Improve Conservation Efforts
The Madhya Pradesh forest department was facing challenges both natural and technological. Remote areas with low connectivity were generally inaccessible and hence exposed to greater danger. Biodiversity in these rich forests was threatened due to human interference and if unchecked could cause immense losses. It was thus important that these areas be provided with adequate connect, manpower and overall facilities. To address these challenges, the IT team of MP forest department decided to revamp its infrastructure and deployed Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Microsoft Windows Mobile. By using these technologies the forest department developed a series of applications based on GIS, remote sensing, GPS and hand held devices.