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Depth Projects
WTI currently runs 12 Depth Projects that holistically address multiple conservation hurdles specific to an area through a multi-pronged approach. These projects, most often than not incorporate more than one of WTI’s Big Ideas into their goals and generally last multiple years.
Garo Green Spine Conservation Project
The Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) is the first rescue and rehabilitation centre near a protected area in India. Strategically located in Borjuri village adjacent to the Panbari Reserve Forest, near Kaziranga National Park in Assam, the centre attends to a wide range of wildlife emergencies resulting from natural or anthropogenic causes.
Under the Pakke Conservation Project, the Centre for Bear Rehabilitation and Conservation (CBRC) is the first specialised rehabilitation centre for Asiatic black bears in India. Supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), the centre was established jointly by the Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) in 2002, with an aim to rehabilitate displaced cubs back into the wild.
West Coast Marine Conservation Project in Gujarat has two components -- the Whale Shark Conservation Project and the Coral Reef Recovery Project. A joint venture of the Gujarat Forest Department, Tata Chemicals Limited and WTI, the project activities involve scientific studies of whale sharks through photo-identification, genetic analysis and satellite tagging. Moreover, the Coral Reef Recovery Project seeks to develop and implement appropriate strategies for the conservation of Mithapur reef.
In 2003, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) in collaboration with Bihar Forest Department initiated the Valmiki Conservation Project with the support of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT). The project aimed to revive interest in conservation of Valmiki and to facilitate recovery of the area as a viable tiger habitat.
Western Himalayas Mountain Ungulates Conservation Project
Western Himalayas Mountain Ungulates Conservation Project
Lead by : Dr Mayukh Chatterjee
The project takes multi-pronged approach in its efforts to mitigate human-big cat conflict in and around Dudhwa and Pilibhit Tiger Reserves that employs an integrative approach to promote community participation in mitigating conflicts on the ground.
The Greater Manas Conservation Project envisages to bring back Manas, a World Heritage Site, to its former glory after the civil unrest that lasted for more than a decade from the late 80s to early 2000.
Lead by : Dr. Rajendra Prasad Mishra
The Udanti Wild Buffalo Recovery Project aims to stabilise the wild buffalo population in Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary, Chhattisgarh by implementing a number of ex situ and in situ interventions.
Karbi-Anglong Wildlife Conservation Project
Nilgiri Conservation Project
Lead by : Anil Nair
WTI's project aims at conserving critical corridor areas of tiger movement in central India. The project, since 2006, has divulged a great deal of information that marks the Kanha-Navegaon-Tadoba corridor stretch as a vital one, potentially enabling tigers to move from the Pench-Kanha-Nagzira complex on to the Navegaon-Tadoba-Andhari landscape. The project has documented physical evidence to suggest regular movement of tigers between Nagzira and Navegaon, and Navegaon and Tadoba.
Lead by : Dr. Rathin Barman
In November, 2010, Forest Department of Assam and WTI in collaboration with ONGC launched a 3-year long ecological research programme – the “Eastern Swamp Deer Conservation Project” in Kaziranga, in an effort to understand the ecology of the swamp deer and develop strategies for conservation of the sub-species. This was designed, to help in developing conservation strategies for the swamp deer population in Kaziranga and to create new sub-populations in the subspecies’ erstwhile distribution.
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