Projects in India

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Rajkamal Goswami

Faunal Inventory and Conservation of Threatened Community Forest in Meghalaya

The project aims to carry out an inventory of birds and mammals diversity using community knowledge and scientific methods in the community forests and use geographic and biodiversity data to identify and prioritize important areas for conservation.

Ramana Athreya

The Eagle’s Nest Wildlife Sanctuary, India

Conservation resources for Eagle’s Nest Wildlife Sanctuary: a biodiversity inventory with indigenous community participation

Ramit Singal

Assessment of Faunal Diversity along the Laterite Landscapes of Karnataka's Coastal Plains and Conservation of the Same through Wide Scale Community Involvement

The project aims to collect definitive data on major faunal groups on lateritic habitats and disseminate the same through awareness campaigns, documentaries and community involvement.

Ranjitsinh Devkar

Conservation of Microchiropteran Bats and their Habitat through Research and Community Participation

This year long project investigates breeding biology and habitat preferences shown by microchiropteran bats in and around Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat. Capacity building of individuals by providing opportunities to students will be the core focus of this project. Community-based bat conservation programme for local populace and tourists and educational activities are also proposed herein.

Ranjitsinh Devkar

An Integrated Approach Towards Conservation of Bats and their Habitats

Education and awareness on bats is the focal theme of this project that aims at quelling associated myths and highlight their importance in our ecosystem as pollinators or natural pest controlling agents. Identifying potential threats to their natural/anthropogenic habitats and detailed studies of trends associated with seasonal niche sharing is also proposed herein.

Ratna Ghosal

Hormonal and Behavioural Correlates of Musth in Male Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus)

The project aims to descripe the behavioural characteristics and endocrine correlates of musth in tusker and tuskless Asian elephants.

Raveendra Durgekar

Fisheries By Catch and its Impact on Marine Biodiversity in the Ecologically Fragile Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve

The project aims at systematic documentation of by catch in Gulf of Mannar, India, the study will also aim to identify fishing gear that are less destructive and provide a set of recommendations that can be incorporated into the management plan of this ecologically sensitive marine protected area.

Ravi Ramalingam

Evaluating the Efficiency of Restoration Efforts in Reviving Ecosystem Health Using Ants as Indicators or Restoration Success

This project looks at whether restoration efforts in Attappady hills successfully provide habitat for a diverse assemblages of ants and do results from monitoring such communities provide a meaningful way to evaluate restoration success?

Rekha Medhi

Book on Golden Langur as a Tool for its Conservation in the State of Assam, India

The primary aim of this project is to introduce Golden langur to a larger section of people beyond scientific community and to carry the message of conservation of this endangered species by bringing about two popular books, one each in English and Assamese language respectively.

Ritwick Dutta

Strengthening Legal Support for Wildlife Conservation India

A project to support grassroot NGOs in protecting wildlife and its habitat through the innovative use of new legal forums and capacity building.

Ritwick Dutta

Setting Up a National Level “Environment Impact Assessment Resource & Response Centre” (ERRC), New Delhi, India

The centre is in response to the need to keep a watch, as well as challenge Environment Impact Assessment reports which are based of inadequate and improper assessment of the impact of developmental activities on wild flora and fauna.

Rohan Arthur

Assessing Resilience in Coral Reef Seascape: Bleaching Responses and Recovery in the Lakshadweep Archipelago

In the wake of repeated mass bleaching of corals in the Lakshadweep Archipelago, this project aims to assess the buffer capacity of these reefs within a predictive framework of resilience.

Rohan Arthur

Understanding Drivers of Coral Reef Resilience in the Face of Climate Change in the Lakshadweep Archipelago

In the wake of repeated mass bleaching of the Lakshadweep atoll reefs, our work attempts to understand patterns of change and stability by establishing a predictive reef monitoring network across the archipelago.

Rohini Chaturvedi

Tigers and Tourism: Building Stakeholder Collaboration for Conservation

The project aims to promote ecotourism in the buffer zone of Bandhavgarh National Park to create long-term solutions for tiger conservation, improve livelihoods for local communities, and support the implementation of Government of India’s conservation policy.

Rohit Naniwadekar

Hornbill Hotspots: Identifying Distribution Patterns and Conservation Needs of Five Hornbill Species in Arunachal Pradesh, Eastern Himalaya

This project aims to understand the patterns of distribution of five hornbill species and relative influences of hunting and habitat degradation on hornbills in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Rohit Naniwadekar

Impact of Hunting on Seed Dispersal and Recruitment in Tropical Forests of North-East India

The aim of this project is to look at impacts of hunting on 1) hornbill and pigeon abundances, 2) visitation and fruit removal rates of select large-seeded fruit plants by hornbills and pigeons, 3) the spatial patterns of seed dispersal and 4) seedling, sapling and juvenile abundance of large-seeded tree species.

Ronita Mukherjee

Assessing the Scope for Pollinator-Friendly Agriculture in the Peri-Urban Landscape of Bangalore, India

The aim of the study is to look at the role of urban pressure in affecting the land use as well as management of the farming practices and its consequences on the pollination service along the peri-urbanized areas of Bangalore, India. In short, the study will examine the effects of rapid urbanization on pollination services that peri-urban ecosystems provide, to support the city markets of Bangalore.

Roopa Krithivasan

Assessment of Human-Wolf Conflict in Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra to Devise Conflict Mitigation Methods for Forestry Managers and the Local Community

This project aims to understand the impact of wolf depredtion on livestock husbandry in the study region, by gathering data on human demographics and husbandry practices, and understanding wolf ecology. Our ultimate goal is to obtain a holistic picture of the conflict that will allow us to suggest measures to reduce losses incurred by local residents due to depredation by wolves.

Roshan Rai

Community-Based Mitigation of Human-Wildlife Conflict Around the Singalila National Park, India

This project aims to understand the extent and intensity of HWC in SNP and hope to identify and initiate community-based initiatives to reduce impacts of human wildlife conflict.

Roshan Rai

Community-Based Mitigation of Human-Wildlife Conflict around the Singalila National Park, India

There are two aims for this project i. Advocate for the recognition of Human Wildlife Conflict in Singalila National Park in the conservation discourse and ii. Initiate community-based initiatives to reduce impacts of human wildlife conflict.

Roshni Yathiraj

Understanding the Effect of Epiphytic Algae and Sedimentation on Dugong Herbivory

The primary aim of this project is to study the processes by which epiphytic algae and sedimentation in seagrass meadows affect dugong herbivory. The broader aim is to understand the processes that drive algal growth and sedimentation in meadows.

Rucha Karkarey

Assessing the Effects of Mass Coral Bleaching on an Apex Predator Guild (Groupers) of the Lakshadweep Islands

The aim of my study is to understand the effects of coral degradation and loss of habitat structure, in the wake of the 2010 mass bleaching event on the diversity and distribution of apex ambush predators (groupers) in the Lakshadweep Islands. I also want to look at whether the abundance and distribution of these ambush predators is an important driver in structuring reef fish communities in the Islands, where fishing pressure on the reefs is relatively low.

Rucha Karkarey

Conserving Top Benthic Predators in the Lakshadweep Reefs: Identifying Priority Areas for Grouper Conservation and Ecosystem Functioning

Our study will identify high priority areas for grouper conservation in the Lakshadweep, and determine the ecological, environmental and anthropogenic factors differentiating them. We propose to assess grouper functional roles in regulating reef-ecosystem processes, to determine what their loss could signify for the overall resilience of the archipelago. Our study will make preliminary attempts to document current fishing and traditional reef-management practices in the archipelago against the upswing of a commercial reef fishery.

Rucha Karkarey

Coping Mechanisms and the Vulnerability of a Keystone Reef Predator (Peacock Hind, Cephalopholis argus) to Climate-Change in Lakshadweep.

Climate-change disturbances can have far reaching consequences for reef fish populations. Persisting under change depends on a species’ ability to cope with the disturbance. This project studies the coping mechanisms (flexibility in foraging ecology, physiology and demography) of a keystone predatory grouper (Cephalopholis argus) and assesses its vulnerability to mass-bleaching disturbances in Lakshadweep.

S. Madhava Reddy

Sustainable Harvesting of Mangrove Resources to Ensure Food Security in 26 Tsunami Affected Traditional Fisher Folk Villages

The overall objective of the project is to ensure livelihood security for the mangrove stakeholders such as wood and thatch cutters, fuel and fodder collectors, honey extractors, fishermen and crab harvesters through education, motivation and training on sustainable management and harvesting of mangrove resources in 26 villages of Guntur district, south India.