Wildlife & Biodiversity Conservation
As a part of integrated sustainable development, we focus on wildlife and biodiversdity conservation too.
India has a rich wildlife and biodiversity in different parts of the country. Home to around 1.6 million or nearly 8% of all the species of flora and fauna found in the world, it also houses over 86,000 species of fauna including birds, insects, and land and water animals. Few regions have large animals like elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers, bisons, blue bulls and bears. The wetlands, lakes and coastal areas too have species of reptiles like crocodile, gharials, river dolphins, water snakes and turtles. There are over 940 different species of fish in India. There are four biosphere reserves in the in the world network of biosphere reserves – .the Sunderban in West Bengal, the Nanda Devi in Uttaranchal, the Gulf of Mannar in Tamil Nadu, and the Nilgiris spanning across Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
The governments have set up various national parks, sancutuaries, forest reserves, botanical gardens, zoological gardens and other protected areas for wildlife and biodiversity conservation. There have been various focus projects on protection of certain species like – Project Tiger, Project Rhino, Project Great Indian Bustard, etc. However, due to large population base and about 22% forested area there is a lot of stress and risk to degradation of wildlife and biodiversity. Then, there is a lot of population in rural areas whose socio-economic aspirations in the recent liberalised economy has increased manifold. creating further resource needs and development projects leading to increasing need of wildlife and biodiversity conservation.
Our scope of work currently includes working with forest and wildlife departments, WWF and other conservation initiatives to sensitise and engage maximum number of rural population in helping conserve wildlife and biodiversity in their surroundings. The working and planned projects locations include a forest reserve in lower and mid Himalays in Himachal Pradesh, a wetland and sanctuary each in Punjab and Rajasthan, lion sanctuary in Gujarat and coastal marine life in Karnataka / Kerala in south India.