Conservation Department is actively involved in advocacy along with field surveys for several conservation issues. Following are some of our ongoing initiatives.
Coastal Plateaus, Western Ghats, Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep, North-east India, Gulf of Kutch, Coastal Konkan, Central India and Satpuda mountain range. We are undertaking conservation advocacy through landscape/sea scape level approach. Following are some of our recent work
Assessment of Coastal Habitats in Konkan
BNHS is instrumental in conducting independent studies on biodiversity of coastal Konkan to identify and study the impact of various coastal infrastructure projects such as power plants, ports, shipyards etc.
Assessment of Coastal Plateaus
Coastal Konkan hosts unique coastal plateaus ecosystem with several endemic species of flora and fauna. Conservation Team is working to develop a comprehensive document of coastal plateaus which will be released during CBD COP 11 in Hyderabad in 2012.
Coastal Area Management in India
In collaboration with Pondy Can and TISS we are working to develop a document of Coastal Areas Management in India with virtual interactive platform to be hosted by TISS. The report will be released during CBD COP 11 in Hyderabad in 2012.
Establishment of Protected Areas in Lakshadweep: Conservation Department initiated work on India’s first Co-managed marine protected area in Lakshadweep.
Project Mangrove: Conservation wing has been working for mangrove afforestation and education in Gujarat and coastal Maharashtra since 2007. We have undertaken successful mangrove afforestation programme over 200 hect in Gulf of Khambat.
Project Giant Clam: Conservation wing has recently developed giant clam species recovery plan for Government of India based on seven years rigorous work on giant clam in Lakshadweep. BNHS findings helped to bring these endangered animals to limelight and work towards its conservation and restoration.
Satpuda Landscape Tiger Programme
Conservation unit has been working in Satpuda Landscape since 2007 and operating mobile education unit in TATR., Pench (Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh).
Defending Wild India: A groups of active and vibrant members of conservations initiative.
We have an active network of more than 300 NGOs and individuals across the country. We initiate local advocacy through this network.
Conservation wing also host Legal Cell and Forest Guard Fund and provide financial support to forest guards who get injured or death while doing duty to protect our forets and its wildlife
We conduct one-year correspondence courses on
- Awareness Programme in Oceans: Biodiversity, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development
- Awareness Programme in Ornithology
Supporting small, but crucial wildlife efforts
Salim Ali Nature Conservation Fund (SANCF) provides small grants for undertaking conservation oriented field surveys for young scientists. We have supported more than 50 field studies so far.
- Ministry of Environment and Forest, GOI
- Whitley Conservation Fund
- Darwin Initiative
- Born Free Foundation
- WidlCru, Oxford University
- ICICI Bank
- Tata Power
- Tata Steel
- Welspun Maxsteel
- Share and Care Foundation
- Tata Motors
- Mahindra and Mahindra
- Dr. Mrudula Thakkar
We also seek funding for the following BNHS conservation initiatives. All our donations are exempted from Income Tax under Section 80 G.
- City Forest Fund: set up to protect the national park at Borivli
- Forest Guard Fund: set up to support guards on our ‘front lines’
- SANCF Corpus Fund: set up to finance small individual conservation initiatives
- Conservation Fund: General fund to meet BNHS conservation goals and objectives.
- Tiger Cell Fund: set up specifically to protect tiger habitats in the Western Ghats and the Satpuras