Wildlife and We Protection Foundation was registered under The Companies Act 1956, section 25 as NGO on Date 27th May 2008. Its team, headed by Dr.Shivaji Chavan, is qualified and efficient to undertake various types of projects The Team has an experience of 7.5 years and the Team Leader has experience of 30 years.
Status of the Project launched in 2008-2009
This was our year of inception hence all the projects were in initiation stage. The following projects were initiated on a ‘No Profit No Loss’ Basis in the interest of wildlife Conservation in Central India. These projects involved generation of spatial database for the Forest Departments of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh and further consisted of ‘Development of Digital Planning and Management Systems’ for the Protected Areas in Central India. For the Reporting Period May, 2008-March, 2009 these projects are in various stages of initiation and the initial dialogue and negotiations are on with the concerned agencies. The Protected areas under in initiative were:
- Pench Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra
- Tadoba Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra
- Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh
- Melghat Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra
- Ranthambhor Tiger Reserve, Rajashthan
- Sahaydri Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra
- Udanti-Sitanadi Tiger Reserve, Chhattisgarh
- Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh
- Bhoramdeo Wildlife Sanctuary, Chhattisgarh.
- Barnavapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Chhattisgarh.
- Bhoramdeo Wildlife Sanctuary, Chhattisgarh
- Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Chhattisgarh
- Nawegaon Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra
- Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra
- Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra
Status of the Project launched in 2009-2010
- Nature Interpretation Center , Sivasa, Dadra Nagar Haveli (Launched)
- Pench Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra ( 80% Complete)
- Tadoba Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra(80% Complete)
- Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh ( 40% Complete)
- Melghat Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra( Initiated)
- Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Rajashthan (Completed)
- Sahaydri Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra (Initiated and Formalization in process)
- Udanti-Sitanadi Tiger Reserve, Chhattisgarh (Initiated and Formalization in process)
- Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh ( 95% Completed)
- Bhoramdeo Wildlife Sanctuary, Chhattisgarh.(Administrative Database Complete)
- Barnavapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Chhattisgarh. (Initiated and Formalization in process)
- Bhoramdeo Wildlife Sanctuary, Chhattisgarh ( Formalization of Phase II is in progress)
- Nawegaon Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra (Initiated and Formalization in process)
- Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra (Initiated and Formalization in process)
- Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra (Yet to be initiated)
- Projects with Eco-Tourism Board of Chhattisgarh (Yet to be formalized)
- Provided technical support to the ‘Central Indian Satpuda Maikal Landscape Tiger Conservation Project of WWF-India’ in spatial database related issues as gratis.
- Technical support to the Central Indian ‘Satpuda Maikal Landscape Tiger Conservation Project’ of WWF-India for generation of ‘Report on Public Private Community Partnership with emphasis on the Panchayat Raj Institutions’, for the District Administration.( On actual services payments)
- Provided technical support to the WWF-India State Office, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in development of Spatial Data for Hardware Rural Tourism Project of Ecotourism Board of Chhattisgarh (as gratis)
- Provided technical support to the Forest Department of Maharashtra for ‘Monitoring of Elusive Carnivors’ in Pench and Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. The data was shared with the Forest Department of Maharashtra and the ‘ Central Indian Satpuda Maikal Landscape Tiger Conservation Project of WWF-India to support their conservation efforts ( as gratis)
- Support and Coordination provided for organization of a ‘Workshop on Water Quality Assessments and Bio- Remediation for Polluting Industries in Vapi, organized by the Toxics Division of the WWF-India, New Delhi.
Status of the Project launched in 2010-2011
- Spatial Digital Planning and Management Support- Palpur- Kuno Lion Sanctuary Database Generation – Pench Tiger Reserve and Tadoba Tiger Reserve (Maharashtra) Kanha Tiger Reserve (M.P.), Ranthambore Tiger Reserve- (Rajasthan), Bhoramdeo Wildlife Sanctuary (Chhattisgarh), Bor and Tipeshwar WLS and Nagzira WLS (Maharashtra).
- Development of Vision for Conservation Oriented Development of Chhattisgarh.
- Guidance and Supervision of Research Projects of students from The Netherlands for Ecotourism Project and Water Sustainability Project in and around Tadoba Tiger Reserve (Maharashtra)
- Spatial Mapping of Government Rural Development Interventions in Dindori District in Madhya Pradesh
- Support and Coordination provided for organization of a ‘Workshop on Water Quality Assessments and Bio- Remediation for Polluting Industries in Vapi, organized by the Toxics Division of the WWF-India, New Delhi.
- Spatial Digital Planning and Management Support- Sahyadri Tiger Reserve (Maharashtra)
- Spatial Digital Planning and Management Support- Pench Tiger Reserve and Tadoba Tiger Reserve (Maharashtra)
- Spatial Digital Planning and Management Support-Bhoramdeo Wildlife Sanctuary (Chhattisgarh)
- Technical Support in Development of Nature Interpretation Center- Silvasa
- Technical Support in Development of Nature Interpretation Center and Nature Trail at Chitrakut and Kanger Valley National Park in Chhattisgarh.
- Technical Inputs into Chilpi Hardware and Software Ecotourism and Rural Tourism Project.
- Development of Strategy and Plan for ‘Management of Wildlife in Managed Forests’
- Technical support to the Forest Department of Maharashtra for ‘Monitoring of Elusive Carnivors’ in Pench and Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. The data was shared with the Forest Department of Maharashtra and the ‘ Central Indian Satpuda Maikal Landscape Tiger Conservation Project of WWF-India to support their conservation efforts ( as gratis)
Status of the Project launched in 2011-2012
- A new innovative task taken up in the Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary and the Sanjay Gandhi National Park was Fire Prevention and Protection Database.
- The other major focus area of activity was generation of Spatial Database whereby for the first time the entire Thane Forest Circle was mapped in the GIS Domain.
- Development of Conceptual Design for Interpretation and Conservation Support to Forest Department of Maharashtra at Sativali, Dahanu
- Development of Conceptual Design at Lonipada for Disaster Management. On the request from the Department of Social Forestry for the first time in this regional ‘Design for Interpretation Center for Disaster Management’ was conceptualized.
- Development of Conceptual Design of Interpretation Centre at Nahur Interpretation. This particular site is under the jurisdiction of the Forest Department (Social Forestry Division, Thane) It is in the middle of the city and is adjacent to the highway. It was conceptualized in order to target the city audience and the children who do have to travel long distance to see the ‘Interpretation Centre’
- Conceptual Design- Information and Nature Interpretation Centre, Collectorate, Thane the concept was developed for the Social Forestry Department of Maharashtra on the request of the District Collector, Thane.
- Environment Impact Assessment for Anik-Panjarpole Link Road, Eastern Freeway.
- The Wildlife and We Protection Foundation was appointed as a consultant for development of Ecotourism Facilities in Chhattisgarh for 2 years. During its previous tenure as a consultant the Wildlife and We Protection Foundation developed a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for development of an Interpretation Centre at Chitrakoot Waterfall Site. The second major task which was undertaken for development of a Detailed Project Report was ‘Upstream Development of Chitrakoot and the Tirathgarh Waterfalls to promote tourism and ensure proper ecological maintenance of the two rivers.
- Spatial Database Generation for Thane Circle This was one of the commendable achievements of the WNW. In all spatial mapping was planned for Five Forest Divisions namely Thane, Alibaug, Roha, Dahanu, Jawahar and Shahpur Division. The WNW competed for a tender and procured this contract.
- The Transfer of Technologies Project was initiated in the villages located in and around Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, from September 13th to September 18th, 2011, in collaboration and the guidance of National Institute of Rural Development, (NIRD), Hyderabad, who own this project. The project was supported and coordinated by Wildlife and We Protection Foundation and the Management of Kanha Tiger Reserve, State Forest Department of Madhya Pradesh. 34 Villages were selected for the project as a result of discussion with both Deputy Directors. All the selected villages were divided in 9 clusters for convenience of logistics and with the aim of implementing the program in all crucial villages located in and around Kanha Tiger Reserve and having biotic influence on the later. The programs were appreciated by all villagers and their representatives. Some Resort Owner around Khatia and Mocha were also attending the program and they are now very happy by the low cost technologies of Rat Trap Bond Bricks and Conical arch Tile Roofing Technologies. One additional program was organized for the Teachers and High School Students of Govt. High School, Mocha, by doing this the message of TOT got transmitted to more villages because the teachers and the students were from all nearby villages of which some were not dealt with during orientation program. In all 1594 rural individuals in 10 closters of villages were addressed during the TOT Programme
- The Wildlife We Protection Foundation celebrated the Wildlife Week through awareness generation programs in schools and colleges. The Wildlife Week was celebrated at Nagpur by our Nagpur Branch Office staff through involvement of school children and awards to the ‘Outstanding Performers of the Joint Forest Management Committees’ in the region.
- Wildlife Week Celebration in Mumbai One day Inter collegiate competition based on WILD LIFE themes was conducted in the Institute of Science on the occasion of Wildlife Week.
- The program was conducted in IES, Navi Mumbai high school, Vashi. Nearly 150 students participated from this school.
- The program was conducted in Sainath Hindi high school, Vashi. Nearly 220 students participated from this school.
- Program was conducted in C K Thakur High School (English medium), Vashi. Nearly 220 students participated from this school.
Status of the Project launched in 2012-2013
- The idea of carrying out such a ‘Regional Ecosystem Assessment for Maharashtra State was conceptualised by the Wildlife and We Protected Foundation, Mumbai. A preliminary discussion with the architects of UK National Ecosystem Assessment led to a visit of the Mission Team consisting of 4 members to Maharashtra. A Stakeholders workshop for the Senior Colleagues of the Maharashtra Forest Department and Non-Government Organisations was organised by the Secretary Forest, Government of Maharashtra at Bharthi Vidhyapeth. On 30th March, 2012 a meeting was conducted with Mr. Prithviraj Chavan, the then Chief Minister, Government of Maharashtra. As a follow-up to this visit the Forest Secretary and the Environment Secretary organised a meeting (31st March, 2012) consisting of their team members in the ministry with the visiting delegates where it was decided that the Wildlife and We Protection Foundation, Mumbai with support from Mr. Suresh Thorat, Addl. Director General, Social Forestry, Maharashtra, Mr. Jarnail Singh, Chief Conservator of Forests, and Dr. Patil Environment Director, will develop a plan for ‘ Regional Ecosystem of Maharashtra’. Hence a ‘Strategic Plan for Regional Ecosystem Assessment for State of Maharashtra was developed. The proposal was accepted and the plan was submitted to the State Government.
- TOT Programme was conducted in Gujarat. Eleven villages were selected for the project after a series of discussions with respective Range Forest Officers of the Dedhiya pada, Sagai and Sagbara ranges of the Rajpipla (east) division. The same programme was carried out in Sariska Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan. 20 villages, 1360 from rural individuals from various communities in the Core and Buffer Zone of Sariska were addressed in the TOT Program. In Chhattisgarh the ToT was conducted in this ‘Mela’ and it turned out to be a great success as far as addressing maximum number of community members is concerned. Almost around 10,000 individuals from various villages in the vicinity took benefit of the ToT. Here the ToT mostly consisted of ‘On the Spot Demonstrations’
- Spatial Database Generation for Thane Circle completed
- The NECO Mines Pvt. Ltd. allocated the task of developing a “Wildlife Mitigation Plan” for their prospective mining project in Nagpur District. The task was successfully completed and submitted to the Project Proponent.
- Capacity Building of the Forest Department. This has been a regular feature of the organisation to conduct capacity building programmes on various themes for the forest department officials.
- Opening of the ‘Green Book House’ at the SGNP. Wildlife and We Protection Foundation in collaboration with the ‘Green Book House’ Natraj Publishers, Dehradun, opened a ‘ Green Book Shop’ at the reception of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
- Opening and Dedication of Nature Interpretation Centre, Khanvel to the people of Dadra Nagar Haveli. This Nature Interpretation Centre was developed in collaboration with Forest Department of DNH, Balmer and Lawrie Pvt. Ltd and the Wildlife and We Protection Foundation. The space was provided by the Forest Department, fund tuning to Rs. 30 lacs was provided by Balmer and Lawrie and the Wildlife and We Protection Foundation developed the concept and executed it through its consultants. The Nature Interpretation Centre was inaugurated by the Hon. Home Minister of State, Government of India in April, 2013.
- Under the Fellowship and Student Exchange Program with Bangor University 4 students were encouraged and mobilised to take up research projects in India.
- The Project Urban National Parks Urban National Parks in Emerging Countries (UNPEC): Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai, Nairobi, Cape Town was initiated in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai as a joint venture between University of France UNPEC Collaboration. The Wildlife and We Protection is the Indian Counterpart of the Project for the purpose of executing this project.
Status of the Project launched in 2013-2014
- Frederic Lendi, Principal Investigator of the UNPEC Project paid a short visit to India to initiate the process of procuring various permissions that would be required for the project. During his visit, one day Seminar titled ‘Comparison of Conservation Scenarios in Nairobi National Park and SGNP National Park’ was organised at the Nature Interpretation Centre, Sanjay Gandhi National Park by the by the organisation for exchange of ideas on both the scenarios. Dr Lendi was the chief speaker in the seminar.
- Under the programme of Concretization of Extension Campus/Collaboration with Bangor University, the organisation entered into collaboration with Bangor University to establish its extension campus in India. This tremendous scope of joint collaboration between the Wildlife and We Protection Foundation and the Bangor University will be instrumental in providing ‘Integrated Solutions to Complex Environmental Issues’ not only in India but in the adjacent countries in Asia as well. We are working towards moving ahead with this initiative.
- Under the Associate of FONASO Fellowships, Copenhagen, Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry University of Padova, Italy and Centre for Evidence‐based Conservation School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography. Bangor University, United Kingdom took up a research project in India in technical partnership with Wildlife and We. The title of the research was ‘Testing the effectiveness of forest governance mechanisms in conservation policy and practices within protected areas: The case of Central Indian Tiger Reserves’ WII was also one of the associated partners. The Research Affiliate and FONASO Doctoral Student Biljana Macura with Supervisor: Laura Secco, LEAF, University of Padua Co-supervisor: Andrew Pullin, Bangor, were involved with the research.
- In February, 2014 we adopted an innovative approach to support the tribal in the remote areas of Gadchiroli District in Maharashtra through outreach to the population in Mumbai Metropolis. On the occasion of the ‘Kalghoda Festival’ which is a regular feature in Mumbai, every February of the year, we entered into collaboration with the Maharashtra Forest Department and helped the tribals to display and sell artefacts and products made by them.
- Three Research Overseas Scholars were provided support to carry out research. The topics were
- Thesis Proposal-‘Study on Optimality of harvesting strategies in uneven aged Tropical Forests in Central India Forests’ Research Scholar- Mr. Bharat Gotame, MSc. SUTROFOR, from Technical University of Dresden, Germany, Department of Environmental Sciences.
- Thesis title: ‘Agroforestry Models for Social Forestry in Maharashtra’ Ms. Neha Bansod, Research Scholar, Bangor University.
- Project Title ‘Remote Sensing of Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Tungareshwar WLS in the Metropolitan Region, Mumbai’ Research Scholar, Ms. Emilie Edelblutte, University of Paris, UNPEC Project
- We had been allocated the task of developing a Spatial Digital Database for the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve in the year 2011. It was completed and the database was submitted to the Field Director
Status of the Project launched in 2014-2015
- The organisation was invited by the PCCF, Arunachal Pradesh to provide complete technical assistance to Field Director Namdapha Tiger Reserve to complete the Tiger Conservation Plan. The draft made earlier by various officers over the period of twelve years was completed refurbished, all the lacunae in the plan were filled up and a completely modified plan was submitted to the Field Director within 20 days. The plan was approved by the National Tiger Conservation Authority within 2 months of its submission
- The organisation was commissioned by the Royal Bank of Scotland Foundation (RBSF) to evaluate a project that was being implemented by Foundation for Ecological Security. FES or ‘Foundation for Ecological Security’ initiated the project titled ‘Reconciling Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihoods in Periphery of Kanha National Park’ in Bichhiya block of Mandla district with a view to Conserving and improving the biodiversity and faunal habitats of the Kanha National Park (KNP) and its adjoining buffer and periphery regions in the Khatiya and Sijhora ranges of the Kanha Wildlife division through providing support to the livelihoods of the forest-resource dependent rural population, revival of the local conservation ethics and village-level institutions. The focus has been towards improving/strengthening institutional processes for promoting collective conservation efforts on the ground and building a community Government partnership towards conservation efforts based on mutual trust.
- The organisation undertook a scoping study in Jammu and Kashmir to study the effect of militancy on Snow Leopard.
Status of the Project launched in 2015-2016
- The organisation undertook the task of developing the Tiger Conservation Plan for Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve – Madhya Pradesh. The plan was completed and submitted to the Field Director. It has been submitted to the PCCF, for his comments before it is submitted to the NTCA for approval.
- We conducted an inventory of Floral and Faunal Elements at Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary. This project was allotted by the CCF (Wildlife) Thane.
- The Forest Development Corporation floated a tender for development of Medicinal Plant Conservation Areas at Shirsad and Mandavi. The organisation competed and acquired the project.
Status of the Project launched in 2016-2017
- The Project allotted by Forest Development Corporation for development of Medicinal Plant Conservation Areas at Shirsad and Mandavi was successfully completed.
- We conducted an inventory of Floral and Faunal Elements at Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary and Karnala Bird Sanctuary. These projects have been allotted by the CCF (Wildlife) Thane.
- Hutment Geolocation Project at Sanjay Gandhi National Park which involves general survey and photo-documentation of every individual huts (at the survey point and of the actual hut identifiable on the ground) including areas of evacuated encroachments and Data Transfer in GIS Domain by Geo-tagging pictures and identification details onto the SOI Map or Satellite. This also includes transfer of evacuated encroachments data
- Monitoring of Leopards to understand their movement pattern in Sanjay Gandhi National Park. This is a project proposal to study the movement and occurrence frequency of leopards in Tulsi Range of Sanjay Gandhi National Park using camera traps. The findings of the project will be employed to draft befitting strategies to control Human-Leopard conflict in and around the Tulsi Range