Projects in India

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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.

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.

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.

S.P. Vijayakumar

Amhibians and Reptiles, Nicobar Islands, India

Status and distribution of the amphibians and reptiles of the Nicobar Islands, India

Sachin Chorge

A Study of the Scarabaeid Beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) and Economic Importance in Sindhudurg District of Konkan Region in Maharashtra

This study of Scarabaeid beetles of Sindhudurg district aims to reveal the status of these life forms in this gradually depleting mega-diverse region of Konkan. The awareness amongst people about role of dung beetles in agriculture as well as nature and importance of sustainable farming would help in getting involvement of local people in protecting environment.

Sahir Advani

Conserving Grouper Species and Sustaining the Grouper Fishery of the Andaman Islands

This project aims to assess the grouper fishery of the Andaman Islands, a site of a relatively nascent grouper fishery. Through interviews with fishers, dive surveys, and market analyses, this project intends to generate information about this poorly studied fishery, while also providing an opportunity to work with local communities in addressing conservation and livelihood concerns.

Sameer Punde

Conservation Assessment of Rare Medicinal Tree Species Restricted to the Traditionally Protected Forest Fragments of the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India

This project aims to stress the need for conserving fragmented populations of medicinal trees in the Western Ghats. The project also aims to highlight the importance of traditionally protected forests as viable conservation areas.

Sameer Punde

Malki Jungle Suraksha Scheme - Launching India’s First Ever Conservation Incentive Programme to Combat Deforestation in the North Western Ghats

In its first year, this programme aims to establish conservation agreements on private lands in the Konkan region to forego landowners from leasing out their forests to logging contractors.

Samir Mehta

Protection of Green Zone in the Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani Eco Sensitive Zone (in the Western Ghats) Satara District, State of Maharashtra, India

This project aims to seek changes in the published draft Master Plan of the Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani Eco Sensitive Zone.

Samrat Mondol

Evaluating Impacts of Human Disturbance on Health and Reproductive Capacity of the Wild Tiger Populations in the Western Ghats Landscape, India

This project targets to assess the physiological consequences of nutritional and psychological stress in wild tigers. We also aim to evaluate the effect of these disturbances on their reproductive status and how such impacts vary with gender and habitat protection status.

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.