Projects in India

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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.

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 ( and declared influence zone ( We are also going to form an ‘Elephant Reserve Research Station’ in the proposed study areas.