Projects in India

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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.

Prerna Agarwal

Assessing the Ecological Impact of Tourism and Developing Ecotourism through Stakeholder Participation for Conservation of Kas Plateau, Maharashtra, India

The present project focuses on addressing threats posed by drastically rising tourism (around 350,000 tourists were estimated by the local forest department in the year 2011) on Kas plateau, part of the Western Ghats sub cluster, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Priya Gupta

Examining the Implementation and Influence of Conservation Induced Relocation and Forest Rights Act on Livelihood of TribalsiIn Nagarhole Tiger Reserve, India

The study aims to examine the implementation and influence of conservation induced relocation and Forest Rights Act on the livelihood of forest dwelling tribal communities in Nagarhole Tiger Reserve in India.

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

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