Projects in India

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Nitya Prakash Mohanty

Evaluating the Impact of Introduced Spotted Deer (Axis axis) on Forest Floor Herpetofauna of Andaman Islands

The project aims to understand the impact of introduced spotted deer on forest floor herpetofauna of Andaman Islands and take the perception of people into account while mitigating such an impact.

Niyati Patel

Raiders of the Rann: A Multivariate Approach to Understanding and Mitigating Crop Raiding by Indian Wild Ass in Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India

Using field data and landscape/GIS analysis I plan to identify drivers and patterns of crop depredation, major conflict areas and prepare risk map, as well as train local farmers in reducing crop loss. This will ultimately assist the policy makers in making landscape –level conservation strategy for Indian wild ass and managing similar issues elsewhere in Gujarat.

Nova M. Sangma

Developing a Strategy to Curb Hunting in the Balpakram Baghmara Community Conservation Landscape

To study the features of hunting in the Balpakram Baghmara Community Conservation Landscape, Meghalaya, India  and develop a strategy, in consultation and with the participation of local stakeholders, to curb such hunting and protect biodiversity in the region.

Nova M. Sangma

Wildlife Conservation Education and Awareness in the Baghmara Balpakram Landscape, South Garo Hills District, Meghalaya, India

The project will work with schools in Baghmara town, focusing on wildlife in the Garo Hills, particularly flagship species like the Asian elephant. The project will undertake Conservation Education & Awareness Programme intensively only with the selected classes of students in schools in Baghmara town.

Oinam Sunanda Devi

Assessment of Biome Restricted and Globally Threatened Avian Species and their Conservation Awareness Programs at Yangoupokpi-Lokchao WLS, a Data Deficient IBA

This proposal is aimed at improving the limited knowledge on the abundance and status of threatened and endemic avian species within the IBA. The study will further initiate an awareness campaign involving local communities in order to help to halt and conserve the local forests and their resources which continue to degrade at a concerning rate.

Partha Jyoti Das

Mapping of Rhino Habitats in the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam, India using Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques

Development of a Geo-spatial Database for Conservation and Management of Habitats of the Great Indian One Horned Rhino.

Partha Jyoti Das

From Penitence to a Pledge: Anthropogenic Impact on the Nameri Tiger Reserve, Assam (India) and its Mitigation through Civil Society Intervention and Community Action

This project aims to secure the protection of the Nameri Tiger Reserve, one of the last thriving habitats of the endangered tiger of India from the claws of encroachers, land grabbers and timbre traders motivated by commercial and political benefits at a time when a serious crisis looms large in India over this flagship species.

Pavithra Sankaran

Creating Awareness and Support for Conservation in a Biodiversity Hotspot: The Arunachal Macaque as a Flagship Species

The project will harness the new-found interest in the Arunachal macaque to highlight the astounding wildlife of this region to a wider audience

Peter Smetacek

Inventory and Comparison of Moth Communities Inhabiting Different Forest Ecosystems in the Foothills of the Kumaon Himalaya, India

The current project is an attempt to understand the altitudinal distribution of moths on the Himalaya. This study is part of a long term attempt to understand Lepidopteran communities of the Himalaya, especially from undisturbed biotypes. It is hoped that this data will serve as base line data for future studies and attempts to re-build insect communities.

Peter Smetacek

Hostplants and Early Stages of Lepidoptera in the Kumaon Himalaya

The main aim of this project is to determine as many larval foodplants of butterflies and moths in Himalayan oak forest as possible and document the insects’ early stages.

Peter Smetacek

Inventory of Lepidotera of the Middle Range and Southern Face of the Main Range, Kumaon Himalaya, India

The project aims to inventory the butterflies and moths of the middle ranges and southern face of the main Himalayan range in Kumaon, Uttarakhand, India.

Pia Sethi

Consequences of Hornbill Hunting for Seed Dispersal and Tropical Tree Regeneration in the Indian Eastern Himalayas

In this study, I propose to test whether hunting of hornbills differentially impacts the dispersal and regeneration of large and small-seeded tree species in the Eastern Himalayas

Prachi Mehta

An Assessment of Distribution, Status and Threats to Endemic Malabar Giant Squirrel (Ratufa indica) in Northern Western Ghats, India

A survey will be carried out to assess the status and distribution of the Malabar Giant Squirrel (Ratufa indica) and to determine factors affecting its survival in Northern Western Ghats, Maharashtra in India.

Pradeep Kumar Nath

Sea Turtle Protection Project

The purpose is to present extension of endangered Olive Ridley Sea Turtle, which are nesting in increasing number of the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh.

Prakash Bhandari

Sustainable Utilisation Based Conservation of NTFPs through Community Institutions in Chamba District, Himachal Pradesh, India

This project aims to facilitate the process of building collective action among NTFP collectors and put in place systems of protection, management and sustainable utilization of NTFPs through localised village level institutions.

Prakash Bhandari

Sustainable Utilisation based Conservation of NTFPs through Community Institutions in Chamba District, Himachal Pradesh, India

The project aims to facilitate processes of collective action among NTFP collectors and put in place systems of protection, management and sustainable utilization of NTFPs through local village level institutions, legally recognised by the State Forest Department, Himachal Pradesh.

Prakash Mardaraj

Identifying Key Issues for the Conservation of Sloth Bear (Melursus ursinus) in Rajnilgiri” Odisha, Eastern India

The project’s main intentions are to identify the key issues of conflict arising due to the Rajnilgiri Sloth bear population and seek solutions by community participations for the co-existence of human and Sloth bear in a human dominated landscape.

Prakash Sanjeevi

Status and Safe Exploitation of Marine Ornamental Fishes and Invertebrates of Gulf of Mannar, Tamilnadu: An Expensive Reserve for Conservation

The project aims to study the perception and attitude of fishermen towards the trade and conservation of marine ornamental fishes and invertebrates, identifying key fishing zones and market discrepancies from collectors to hobbyists in the Gulf of Mannar region.

Pranav Trivedi

Living with Snow Leopards: Wildlife Conservation through Education and Capacity Building Amongst Indigenous Communities of the Spiti Trans-Himalaya

Initiate a conservation education programme by establishing Nature Clubs in rural schools, developing locally relevant resource material/modules for conservation education, training local youth and teachers, and establishing Youth Awareness Clubs in villages.

Pranav Trivedi

Children for Snow Leopards – Strengthening Conservation Education and Awareness in Rural Himalayan Schools to Aid Community-Based Wildlife Conservation

Through a focused and systematic conservation education programme consisting of nature education camps and other outdoor activities targeting 30 schools (nearly 1,500 children and 50 teachers) in two important snow leopard habitats in the Indian Himalaya, we aim to improve their awareness and attitudes towards local wildlife, especially the endangered snow leopard and aid in its conservation.

Pranjal Bezbarua

Conservation of Indian One Horned Rhinoceros in Assam

Capacity building of local community to strengthen one horned rhino conservation awareness campaign and extension in fringes of Orang and Manas national parks as well as developing model for rehabilitation of ex poachers cum conservationists of Manas national park.

Pranjal Bezbarua

Strengthening One Horned Rhinoceros Conservation in Gap Areas

The aim of this project is to aid Rhino conservation in gap areas through habitat suitability study, mapping of invasive species, strengthen patrolling of volunteers in untouched zone of Manas biosphere reserve and survey on alternative livelihood in fringes of Orang national park including continuing conservation education .

Prasanjeet Yadav

How to Manage Exotic Timber Plantations in the Natural Shola Forest-Grassland Matrix on Sky Islands in the Western Ghats

In this project I plan to produce a documentary to explain the facts behind the exotic timber plantations in Shola habitat and native forest growth, in addition to documenting the perceptions of different stakeholders.

Prashant Hedao

Integrated Conservation Planning in the Human-Dominated Landscape of a Global Biodiversity Hotspot―Kodagu District of the Western Ghats, India

Integrated conservation planning involves data analysis of physical, human and political geography of the region and incorporates traditional knowledge of local stakeholders. This research will study the central region of Kodagu district as a case study which is a mosaic of forest patches interspersed with large coffee estates, small farms and is frequented by elephants from surrounding forests that results in human-elephant conflict. A landscape approach will be used for conservation planning using Geospatial technologies and Geodesign to integrate all information.

Pratyush P. Mohapatra

Setting Up Snake Helpline Clubs in Four Towns of Orissa

This project aims to reduce the level of mortality from snake bites by establishing Snake Helpline Clubs. Trained volunteers will participate in snake rescue and relocation, and campaigns of leaflets and videos will improve public awareness.