We support and partner with grassroots NGOs to tackle region-specific conservation issues in a timely manner.

 

Amur Falcon Campaign

Catalysing Conservation by Strengthening NGOs - Habitat Restoration

WCT partnered with NGOs in 2013 to halt the Amur Falcon Falco amurensis massacre in Nagaland. Over 140,000 birds had been killed by villagers in less than a month. A campaign, that was launched to sensitise the local communities and influence the state government to protect the falcons, has put an end to organised falcon hunting in 2013.

 

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Habitat Restoration

Catalysing Conservation - Painted Stork - WCTFrom 2012 and 2016, WCT supported Lifeline for Nature, a local NGO, to restore Keoladeo Ghana National Park (popularly called the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary). An UNESCO World Heritage site, the wetland supports an incredible amount of biodiversity – over 365 bird, 375 plant and 50 fish species are found here in addition to several species of mammals, reptiles and invertebrates.

An invasive weed Prosopis juliflora had spread rapidly through the wetland, endangering the nesting sites of several migratory birds.

With WCT support, over 100 hectares of the wetland were restored, and phenomenally, the year 2016-17 recorded the highest bird population in the previous 25 years!

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Helping NGOs to Scale-up

Catalysing Conservation - Helping NGOs - WCT

By providing seed funding and technical support, WCT is able to build a strong on-ground presence and scale-up region-specific conservation and development work. WCT provides funding to over 60 grassroots NGOs.

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Helping NGOs Reach Out to Students

Catalysing Conservation - Helping NGOs Reach out to Students - WCT

WCT supports NGOs working for children with learning difficulties. At WCT’s Anandgarh facility, set up by Aide et Action in Bhopal, students come in for personalised classes before regular school hours.

In Rajasthan, the WCT-supported Gramin Shiksha Kendra sends resource persons to schools around the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve to assist teachers in devising innovative ways of teaching.

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Catalysing Release of Confiscated Turtles

Catalysing Conservation - Catalysing Release of Confiscated Turtles - WCT

WCT supported Mayur Kamath, the Honorary Wildlife Warden of Mumbai, in releasing turtles that were confiscated by the Maharashtra forest department in Sundarbans Tiger Reserve.

Of the 156 turtles, 126 were Black-spotted Pond Turtles Geoclemys hamiltoni (Vulnerable) and the remaining were Narrow-headed Turtles Chitra indica (Endangered).

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Donating a Rapid Response Unit to ECO-PRO

Catalysing Conservation - Donating a Rapid Response Unit to ECO-PRO - WCT

ECO-PRO, in close association with the Maharashtra Forest Department, conducts wildlife rescues and mitigates human-wildlife conflict around the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve.

The WCT-donated 4WD Rapid Response Unit has greatly enhanced ECO-PRO’s ability to rescue snakes, large carnivores and crocodiles among other wildlife.

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Donating a Weather Station

WCT donated a ‘Davis Vantage Vue’ precision weather station to the Hypnale Research Station situated in Kuveshi, Karnataka. It is being used to monitor and analyse weather in the Castle Rock-Dudhsagar forest region and is available to both academic and conservation fraternity.

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Grant for the Conservation of Fishing Cat

Catalysing Conservation - Grant for the Conservation of Fishing Cat - WCT

WCT awarded a grant to a wildlife biologist to help conserve the only tropical wetland cat species in South Asia – the Fishing Cat Prionailurus viverrinus – in the Howrah district of West Bengal. Her award-winning efforts have helped safeguard marshlands and increase conservation awareness.

Her work encouraged four village governing bodies to ask the State Biodiversity Board to recognise their area as a Biodiversity Heritage Site.

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Outreach Programme Organised by TREE

Catalysing Conservation - Outreach Programme Organised by TREE - WCT

WCT supported ‘The Planet and You’, an outreach programme conducted by the Trust for Environmental Education (TREE). This conservation education programme targeted students from 21 schools in the districts of Virudhunagar, Tiruchirapalli and Pudukkottai in Tamil Nadu.

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Supporting Animal Welfare Efforts

Catalysing Conservation - Supporting Animal Welfare Efforts - WCT

WCT has been consistently supporting the efforts of The Bombay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA). WCT also supported the Thane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Thane-SPCA) in setting up a bird rescue centre at the Karnala Bird Sanctuary in Maharashtra.

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Student Conference on Conservation Science

Catalysing Conservation - Student Conference on Conservation Science - WCTWCT co-funded the Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) in Bengaluru from 2013 to 2016. SCCS is India’s premier conservation conference where students, researchers, scientists, and experts from across the country share their work and debate on important conservation issues. Several workshops are conducted during the conference to provide conservation insights to the participants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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