Projects in India

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Priya Iyer

Effect of Livestock Grazing on the Health and Social Systems of Blue Sheep and Ibex

This project seeks to document the extent to which the health of blue sheep and ibex populations is affected by competition and coexistence with livestock. We also attempt to understand their mating systems and age structured reproductive success.

Purnima Devi

Conservation and Monitoring of Tiger Population in Manas National Park through Field Techniques and Capacity Building of Local Stakeholders

This project attempts the the first ever estimation of tiger population in Manas by specifically designed camera.

Pushkin Phartiyal

Developing Compass of Environmental Education Tourism in Community Forests (Van Panchayats): Learning to Sustainability

The project aims on to develop a road map for mainstreaming Environmental Education Tourism for school children in participation with the community forestry for strengthening the livelihood based management of natural resources.

Pushp Jain

Strengthening Traditional Community Forest Management Institutions for Biodiversity Conservation in the Himalayas

Strengthening traditional community forest management institutions for biodiversity conservation in the Himalayas

Pushp Jain

Capacity Building for Biodiversity Conservation in Community Forest Management in Himalayas

This project aims to examine capacity building for management of Community Forests and Biodiversity conservation

R Ganesan

Degraded Forest, South Western Ghats, India

Assessing the catalytic role of plantations in restoring the native forest plant diversity in the degraded forests of South Western Ghats, India

Rachel Kaleta

Snake Charmers

The aim of the project is to set up by the Wildlife Trust of India to study the Jogi-Nath snake charming communities in North India

Rachunliu Kamei

Community Education and Conservation of Neglected Fauna in a Neglected Hotspot – Caecilians (Order Gymnophiona) of North East India

Caecilians are feared as fatally venomous ‘snakes’. Knowledge dispels fears - this project aims to create awareness through community education for a positive human-caecilians co-occurrence, primarily through grassroots conservation.

Rajasri Ray

Developing Strategies for Conservation of Threatened Endemic Biodiversity of the Sacred Groves of Central Western Ghats

The project aims to study endemic biodiversity in the sacred groves of Uttara Kannada region of the Central Western Ghats in context to their current distribution and threat status. The study result could be utilized to identify the drivers of change and formulate action plan to conserve the groves with the help of local community.

Rajat Ramakant Nayak

Consumer Control and Vegetation Response: The Fire-Vegetation-Grazing Dynamics in the Western Himalayan Landscape

This study aims at a better understanding of the fire-vegetation-grazing dynamics in the Western Himalayan landscape which could help in rationalizing the existing management practices.

Rajeev Pillay

Mammals on the Margin – Documenting Recent Changes to Large Mammal Distributions in a Densely Populated Biodiversity Hotspot

We aim to combine interview-based surveys of key informants with the conceptual framework of occupancy estimation to assess recent historical changes in the distributions of large mammals in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot, India.

Rajeev Raghavan

Mahseer’s as Flagships for Freshwater Fish Conservation in Western Ghats – Participatory Assessment of Stock Status and Harvest Levels in Chalakudy and Periyar Rivers of Kerala

Conservation of freshwater fish resources depends on stewardship and knowledge. This project aims to conserve the threatened endemic Mahseer species of Chalakudy and Periyar rivers in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot in Kerala, India, by collecting population dynamics and harvest data to inform management decisions.

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.

Raman Kumar

Enhancing Public Awareness to Foster Conservation of Keystone Species in Human-Dominated Landscapes: Hornbills in Western Himalayas

Using hornbills and fig trees as an example, this project aims to connect people with birds and highlight their role in maintaining ecosystems. The project will produce awareness material about hornbills and figs in the Western Himalayan region and motivate people to monitor and conserve them through citizen science.

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.