Projects in India

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Samya Basu

Ecological Restoration of Elephant Corridors and Community Awareness to Reduce Human-Elephant Conflict around Mayurjharna Elephant Reserve, West Bengal, India

The ultimate goal of this project is to develop a better participatory management plan of elephant habitats.

Samya Basu

Community Capacity Building & Conservation Education to Mitigate Man-Elephant Conflict & Conservation of Eastern India Elephant Population in West Bengal, India

The proposed project intend to do research, elaborative capacity building and conservation education programme to minimise the man-elephant conflict in entire home range of Eastern India Elephant Population in West Bengal which includes Mayurjharna Elephant Reserve (414.06sq.km.) and declared influence zone (1436sq.km). We are also going to form an ‘Elephant Reserve Research Station’ in the proposed study areas.

Sandeep Sharma

Snow Leopards in India

Conservation of the endangered Snow Leopard and their prey species, and capacity building of frontline staff in Trans-Himalayan Hemis National Park, Ladakh, India

Sangeeta Angom

Conserving the Endemic Manipur Brow-Antlered Deer (Rucervus Eldii Eldii) in Keibul Lamjao National Park, North Eastern India

The study aims to assess the current status of Sangai in Keibul Lamjao National Park and threats to their conservation. This project also aims to impart conservation efforts through the local communities by integrating and sensitising them towards conservation of this species.

Sanjay Gubbi

Community Outreach for Landscape Level Wildlife Conservation in the Western Ghats of Karnataka

This project aims to improve the reach and impact of conservation through outreach activities to strengthen the support of local communities, opinion builders, policy makers and key social leaders for wildlife conservation.

Sanjay Molur

Distribution, Status and Effects of Trade on Large Bodied Spiders of the Genus Poecilotheria and Other Theraphosid Spiders in India

This is the first ever systematic attempt to document the distribution of family Theraphosidae spiders in India, and to assess the effects of trade on large bodied spiders.

Sanjay Sondhi

A Lepidoptera Survey to Augment an Ongoing Community Ecotourism Initiative in Eaglenest Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh

The project aims to study poorly known Lepidoptera fauna in the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary and surrounds in Arunachal Pradesh and link the findings to a long term landscape conservation plan. In addition, the project seeks to augment an ongoing bird eco-tourism venture, through butterfly eco-tourism involving the local community.

Sanjay Sondhi

Assessment of Lepidopteran Diversity in the Kameng Protected Area Complex, Arunachal Pradesh, India to Augment Ongoing Community Ecotourism Initiatives

The project's first phase, supported by an RSG, generated information about lepidopteran diversity in the Kameng Protected Area Complex in Arunachal Pradesh providing crucial information that is being used to initiate butterfly and moth-based ecotourism at Eaglenest WLS. This project seeks to continue leptidopteran surveys in seasons and localities not yet covered in the first phase to generate species data in a poorly a studied biodiversity hot spot, to sustain the butterfly and moth tourism at Eaglenest, expand it to Pakke Tiger Reserve and build the capability of the local communities in both locations to sustain the ecotourism initiative.

Sanjay Talukar

Mapping Butterfly Hotspots: Prime Butterfly Areas in Assam, India

Assam, in northeast India, has a very high diversity of butterflies, much of which is poorly documented. This project seeks to identify and map ‘Prime Butterfly Areas’ – sites of importance for butterfly conservation, by (1) generating information on the butterfly diversity of key protected areas and (2) identifying conservation-dependent species in order to set priorities for future conservation action.

Sapna Jayaraman

Bridging the Gap between Fisheries Regulations and Implementation in Gujarat

There are two aims to this project: a) Creating a database of fish breeding cycles to identify most vulnerable seasons for fish populations and b) Identifying causes of poor implementation using interview surveys and providing solutions to enable better management of fish populations in Gujarat through outreach programmes.

Shalini Dhyani

Strengthening Community Conservation Initiatives by Establishing Resource Centre for Integrating Livelihood and Conservation in Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

Project aims to create and develop diverse livelihood opportunities for locals by using locally available resources for strengthening community conservation initiatives.

Shankar Chandra

Establishing an Asiatic Lion Interpretation Centre for Villages Located near the Kuno Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh

The project will seek to establish an Interpretation Centre for the local community in villages displaced from the Kuno sanctuary and now residing on its periphery. The interpretation centre will translate the latest scientific and popular knowledge on the flora and fauna of Kuno, especially Asiatic Lions, to make it accessible to the local community.

Sharmila Deo

Environment Education Programme in the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary Area

The two main aims of this project are i) To instill in the village school children the knowledge and appreciation of their rich natural biodiversity and to encourage them to understand the importance of harmonious co-existence between humans and wildlife and ii) Spread awareness on the issues of wildlife and the sanctuary, and discuss possible solutions and planning steps for concrete action towards conservation with community participation.

Sharmila Deo

Kalpavriksh Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary Environment Education Programme

The project has two aims i)To instill in the village school children the knowledge and appreciation of their rich natural biodiversity and to encourage them to understand the importance of harmonious co-existence between humans and wildlife. ii)Spread awareness on the issues of wildlife and the sanctuary, and discuss possible solutions and planning steps for concrete action towards conservation with community participation

Shimanta Goswami

Elephant Habitat Management through Community Participation in Selected Villages of the East Karbi Hills of Assam, India

The aims of this project is to employ villagers otherwise engaged in forest destruction in the plantation of two cash crops in the abandoned croplands which will also wean them away from the traditional but less economically viable slash and burn method. Secondly, to establish the socio-economic and land use patterns of the forest villagers to enable the preparation of future conservation action plan and target specific areas for anti-poaching and elephant habitat management activities.

Shreya Yadav

Climate Change, Reef Recovery and the Role of Early Life-History in Structuring Coral Communities in the Lakshadweep Atolls, India

The early life-history processes of coral can have significant functional consequences for reef-scale ecology. In the Lakshadweep Archipelago, this study aims to examine relationships between the stability of settlement substrate, its influence on post-settlement survival of coral genera employing different life-history strategies and how this relates to adult community composition.

Sidhanand Kukrety

Ecological Restoration of Red Sanders (Pterocarpus Santalinus L.) Forests – An Adaptive Collaborative Modelling Supported Approach

This project aims to develop a community supported ecological restoration strategy with inputs of restoration techniques, species distribution modelling and stakeholders perception identified through research.

Sindhu Radhakrishna

Population Survey and Conservation of Two Little-Known Primates, Macaca Munzala and Nycticebus

Arunachal Pradesh in northeastern India is listed among the 200 globally important ecoregions, yet much of its wildlife remains relatively unexplored. The objectives of our study are to conduct population surveys for two virtually unknown primate species that are found there – the nocturnal Bengal slow loris Nycticebus bengalensis and the newly discovered Arunachal macaque Macaca munzala - in order to estimate their abundances and evaluate conservation threats affecting their survival in Arunachal Pradesh.

Sneha Vijayakumar

Avian Frugivores – Understanding Determinants of Distribution and Diversity in the Western Ghats, Southern India

The focus of this study is to understand the factors that determine the distribution and diversity of avian frugivores in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot, using a combination of field surveys, secondary data collection and ecological niche modeling. Understanding frugivore species distributions and their role in the ecosystem will facilitate conservation prioritization, and recommendations related to management of threatened species and disturbed habitats

Snehal Patel

Vulture Conservation Project

Conserving one of the most endangered Bird of India; Vultures in the Wild.

Soubadra Devy

Effect of Forest Disturbance on Pollination

This project will determine the effect of pollination by creatures such as bats and primates on the reproductive efficacy of an important keystone tree species at Kakachi in the southern Western Ghats of India

Soubadra Devy

Effects of Fragmentation on a Keystone Tree Species in the Wet Forest of Southern Western Ghats, India

The project will investigate the effect of forest fragmentation on mutualistic interactions between a keystone species and its associated fauna and flora in a rainforest in southern India. It will see how pollination, seed dispersal and seed predation of a keystone species are affected in fragments and how the survival of this species is important for other biodiversity associated with the tree. This will be the first study in India that attempts to understand to what extent mutualistic interactions are important for the survival of species in fragments.

Srinivas Gopalakrishnanan

Assessing the Status and Distribution of Large Mammals in Highwavy and its Environs, Southern Western Ghats

The overall aim of the project is to assess the distribution and to identify conservation zones for the large mammals in the highly fragmented Highwavy environs of southern Western Ghats.

Stephen Mahony

A Herpetological Bio Inventory Survey of Tripura

This project aims to document as many species as possible of herpetofauna that occur in Tripura in order to know the true biological importance of this otherwise data deficient state.

Subhransu Bhusan Swain

Social Mobilisation and Advocacy for Conservation of Elephants and their Habitat

The aim of the project is to capacitate the local tribes through their children to strengthen harmonious alliances at village and block level with a focus to regain ecological integrity & for sustainable management of forest, reserves by using indigenous knowledge base and technical know-how for conservation of elephants & their habitat.