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Conservation projects (NETSCOPE)
North East Threatened Species Conservation Programme (NETSCOPE): The North East Threatened Species Conservation Programme (NETSCOPE) of Aaranyak introduces a new strategic opportunity for conservation of the threatened species unique to the North East India with diverse cultural affinity.

The NETSCOPE aims to raise the required resources over years to advance threatened species conservation initiatives in the northeast India. The fund will be directed primary to expedite assistance where it is needed most and when it can do the most good- before a threat escalates into permanent devastation of threatened species population in North East India. It will devote to address the gap in threatened species conservation and assist the managers and researchers to generate more information that will become key to successful threatened species conservation initiatives in the current century.

The focal areas of the NETSCOPE are -
Infra-structure Development in protected areas having qualitative or quantitative spectrum of threatened species in North East India.
Capacity Building of forest staff, police and civil societies towards conservation and protection of threatened species and their habitats.
Research and Monitoring of threatened species.
Community-Park Interface towards resolving man-animal conflicts with regards to threatened species.

Tiger Research and Conservation Initiative (TRCI)
Monitoring Tigers and their Prey in the Wild

Manas National Park

Aaranyak has made its first step in tiger research and monitoring at Manas in November 2005 in collaboration with the Assam Forest Department with active participation of the Field Director and his forest staff of the Manas National Park. Initially only five camera traps were put into service from 14thNovember 2005 and the first tiger was trapped by one of the five cameras in the central range of Manas national park on 28th December 2005. Currently about 12 cameras are used in Manas National Park and the number of cameras will be further increased to about 30 in coming months.

Orang National Park
Aaranyak has mooted a joint collaboration with Assam Forest Department to use camera traps to monitor the tiger population dynamics in Orang and other national parks of Assam. The Chief Wildlife Warden of Assam has provided the nod to researchers of Aaranyak on 1st December 2006 to put camera trapping devices in Orang National Park, Kaziranga National Park and Nameri National Park in active participation of forest staff and forest officials. Initially in 2007, 12 cameras were put into the service in Orang National Park (78.80 km2) and four different tiger photographs in four different sites of Orang could be recorded using the camera traps. In April 2008 about 52 Camera trapping equipments were put at 26 sites by Aaranyak in Orang and till July 2008 over 20 tiger photographs were clicked of seven different tigers in Orang NP. The Camera Trapping equipments were sponsored by the Rufford Maurice Laing Foundation and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation of UK while the operational costs is being sponsored by the SWBG of USA.

Kaziranga National Park
In association with Kaziranga National Park Authorities of Assam Forest Department, Aaranyak has started tiger monitoring in Kaziranga National Park using camera traps in June 2008. The sign survey work has been completed in the national park in active cooperation and inputs from the forest officials of the national park. This is a joint project of Assam Forest Department and Aaranyak and the Kaziranga National Park authorities is eager to continue this joint monitoring of tiger with Aaranyak for next three years to generate the required information on tiger to initiate appropriate conservation measures to ensure long term conservation and protection of tiger in Kaziranga National Park. The camera trapping equipments in Kaziranga is being offered by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation of UK.



Ganga India

As recently as the 16th and 17th centuries the upper Gangetic Plain harbored impressive populations of wild Asian elephants (Elephas maximus), tigers (Panthera tigris), Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), gaurs (Bos gaurus), barasinghas (Rucervus duvaucelii), sloth bears (Melursus ursinus) and Indian lions. In the 21st century there are few large wild animals, mostly deer, boars, wildcats, and small numbers of wolves, jackals, and foxes. Bengal tigers survive only in the Sundarbans area of the Ganges Delta. Crocodiles and barasingha are also found in the Sundarbans.[14] The Sundarbands freshwater swamp ecoregion, however, is nearly extinct. Threatened mammals in the upper Gangetic Plain include the tiger, elephant, sloth bear, and chousingha (Tetracerus quadricornis).

Many types of birds are found throughout the basin, such as myna, parrots, crows, kites, partridges, and fowls. Ducks and snipes migrate across the Himalayas during the winter, attracted in large numbers to wetland areas. There are no endemic birds in the upper Gangetic Plain. The great Indian bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) and lesser florican (Sypheotides indicus) are considered globally threatened.


Godrej Consumer Products Ltd.

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
We have been associated with India’s largest conservation NGO, WWF-India, starting with the late Mr. S. P. Godrej, who was its founder Trustee and President to Jamshyd Godrej who is currently the President of WWF-India and the Vice President of WWF-International. WWF-India began as a modest, wild-life conservation organisation. Over the years, the perspective has broadened to encompass conservation of habitats and ecosystems and to lend support to the management of the country’s protected area network. Our commitment to global conservation is reflected in our continued association with WWF.

The WWF-India Secretariat is housed at the Pirojsha Godrej National Conservation Center (PGNCC) in New Delhi. The PGNCC was inaugurated on November 3, 1989 by then President of India Mr. R. Venkatraman, in the presence of the President of WWF-International, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Nature has blessed our country so richly. Yet, instead of being trustees of Nature, we have degraded our land to lower depths than many less fortunate countries. We have been associated with TRAFFIC-India (Trade Record Analysis of Flora and Fauna in Commerce), a division of WWF-India, which is responsible for monitoring and studying legal and illegal trade in wildlife and its derivatives, thus contributing to the enforcement aspects of bio-diversity conservation. Our contributions to the cause received a boost, when the late Chairman, Mr. S. P. Godrej was co


Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd.

Sea Turtle Conservation Projects, 2004-2006

Rushikulya Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Orissa
Established "The Vasant J Sheth Interpretation Centre" in 2004 at Rushikulya in Orissa, India's largest Olive Ridley turtle rookery.
Interactive educational panels and audiovisual material on sea turtles in English and Hindi provide excellent information on mating, nesting and hatching behaviour of the turtles. The Interpretation Centre is popular with many researchers, scientists, students, and tourists.

Maharashtra Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Supported a second turtle conservation programme on the west coast, run by Sahyadri Nisarg Mitra (SNM), an NGO based in Chiplun (Maharashtra) actively involved in protecting the sea turtles and their nests. Through the involvement of villagers, 36 nests were protected and 1624 hatchlings released in the year 2005-2006.


Greenply Industries Ltd.

‘Save Tiger’ movement with ARTIGER
There are only 1,411 tigers left in India. Greenply pledged support to the movement to save the tiger. Around 56 renowned artists made fibre glass sculptures and each magnificent piece was allotted a partner and kept at 56 prominent locations across Delhi. This noble initiative brings together artists, corporate houses and conservationists to enhance related awareness. All proceeds will go to the Ranthambore Forest Management for the welfare and management of tigers.


Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary

If you've got this far in this website, or if you've known wild places, or communities in nature (including humans), you would be aware of how interdependence and connectedness matter. You would know that you can't have the plants without the animals, and vice versa. You would know how plants support animals and vice versa. Here's what we've noted.

It's truly remarkable how many animals there are at the Sanctuary, particularly how there are more now than there were a few years ago, or a couple of decades ago (the same can be said of plants, it is remarkable how many more plants are here today than there were a few years ago, or a couple of decades ago), on this tiny stretch of land. This is something we marvel at all the time: how nonhumans come back when you put in practice a few simple principles. Stop pumping toxins into the body of the land. Cease any kind of clear-felling. Pull out invasive exotics. Encourage and support natural succession, increase areas under this. Plant for diversity. Respect what the land wishes to be. Give time. Plants and animals comes back. You'll see.

Briefly: we know there are 240 species of birds at the Sanctuary and; 20 species of snakes; at least 20 amphibian species; some 15 species of small mammals, itinerant deer, gaur, and elephant; and more than 65 species of butterflies.

Of note are caecilians (legless amphibians); tree frogs; shieldtail snakes; king cobras, Elliot's forest lizards; Malabar trogons; Green avadavats; Nilgiri flycatchers and White-bellied blue flycatchers; Nilgiri martens and Nilgiri langurs.

If we include praying mantises, dragon flies, damsel flies, beetles, bugs, flies, stick insects, leaf insects, ants, wasps and bees, grasshoppers and crickets, moths and butterflies, spiders, crabs, scorpions, centipedes and millipedes; earthworms, leeches and other worms; the list would be very long. These have not been comprehensively identified and listed yet. All we know is we keep seeing more and more of them!


Nokia India

Tiger conservation program in the Corbett landscape

In 2010, Nokia partnered with WWF India to conduct a three year conservation program in the Corbett landscape. The objective of the conservation program is to institutionalize the capacity building and development of the frontline staff and officials of the Uttarakhand Forest Department by strengthening existing training mechanisms as well as the infrastructure for wildlife protection and enforcement in the Corbett landscape.

The tiger population in the Corbett region is constantly threatened by corridor degradation, a surge in the tourist population, poaching, the development of infrastructure and urban encroachment. Since the program’s inception, consultation workshops with senior forest officials and front line staff of the forest staff have been conducted, followed by a round of training workshops on Wildlife Laws. These training workshops were conducted in training centres in Rampur Mandi, Kalagarh and Haldwani, in Uttarakhand. With the help of numerous inputs, a six day training module focused on Crime Prevention & Law Enforcement and Wildlife Conservation was developed and subsequently submitted to the Forest Department. We now support the Department in conducting and institutionalising workshops and trainings.

Conservation Program in the Southern Western Ghats
Nokia partnered with WWF India for a 3 year conservation program in the Southern Western Ghats. The program, completed in 2011, aimed at creating structures for protection of the Nilgiri Tahr, mitigation of human-elephant conflict, and building of community capacity for sustainable livelihoods and conservation. The program ensured a long-term ecological security of this landscape based on multi-stakeholder participation and inter-sectoral coordination. The program had these components.

Protection of Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragus hylocrius): A comprehensive study in the hills of Tamil Nadu and Kerala was initiated in January, 2008 to understand the occurrence, population status, habitat connectivity and threat assessment of Nilgiri Tahr, an endemic species of South Western Ghat. The study identified the most reliable population size for the species till date. Additionally, 17 completely new smaller populations of Nilgiri Tahr were identified. A conservation alliance for Tarh was also established with support from local NGOs and Wildlife Association of Rajapalayam (WAR) to work towards future monitoring and conservation of the Nilgiri Tahr in Rajapalayam area.



Oil & Natural Gas Corporation

ONGC-Eastern Swamp Deer Conservation Project in Kaziranga National Park: The project aims at successfully conserving the species of the Eastern Swamp Deer. Understanding the species and the habitat, developing stringent conservation action initiatives that could prevent extinction and examining the possibility of translocation of the species to additional areas to conserve species and habitat will be important project activities. The project is in the first phase which consists of gathering information on the species.




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