Several organisations and individuals spread all over India are involved in the conservation or research of endangered species and their habitats. While their efforts are commendable, limited availability of resources restrict such individuals and organisations from asking relevant questions that are critical for the sustenance of natural ecosystems and those which highlight the challenges faced by innumerable lesser-known species that co-inhabit our planet.

WCT–Small Grants provides an opportunity to budding and practicing conservationists to pursue their passion of conserving endangered species and their habitats. Through this effort, WCT hopes to draw attention to the lesser-known species that need as much, if not more attention as the tiger, elephant and rhinoceros.

We are delighted to announce the awardees of WCT-Small Grants 2018-19 Phase-II programme.

Project 1.
Dr. Aparna Watve
Participatory assessment of coastal plateaus in Ratnagiri district to designate ‘Biodiversity Heritage Sites’ as per Biodiversity Act, 2002.

Project 2.
Tawqir Bashir
Assessing the diet of Himalayan brown bear (Ursus arctos) in relation to bear-human conflict in the Kazinag National Park, Kashmir Himalaya, India.

Project 3.
Siddhant Nowlakha
Social Fencing Urban Protected Areas: Model planning for Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ) for Bannerghatta National Park in Bengaluru.

 

The following projects have received grants under WCT-Small Grants so far:

2018-19 Phase I

  • Assessing the landscape to notify the reserve forest into wildlife sanctuary for the conservation of disjunctly distributed endemic, endangered plants and animals.
  • Development of manual for non-palatable alternative medicinal crops as a solution for long-term conflict management on the fringes of protected areas.
  • Elephant conservation in Assam using Smart Border System.
  • Evaluating the population structure and conservation status of the endangered Humphead Wrasse in the Gulf of Mannar.

 

2017-18 Phase II

  • Changing Soundscapes: Understanding the responses of the endangered Ganges River Dolphin to anthropogenic underwater noise in the Ganga and Hooghly rivers.
  • Initiating conservation breeding of Asian Brown Tortoise (Manouria emys) in selected north east Indian zoos with focus on reintroduction strategies.

 

2017-18 Phase I

  • Assessing the impacts of hunting and trade on wildlife using local knowledge and field surveys, with a focus on conserving the endangered Indian Pangolin in the northern Eastern Ghats, Andhra Pradesh.
  • Conservation status survey of smooth-coated otters in the Krishna river delta of Andhra Pradesh.
  • King Cobras of the Western Himalayas: Nest Ecology & Conservation.
  • Investigating the effects of road network on genetic connectivity and population structure of gaur (Bos gaurus) in the central Indian landscape.
  • Evaluating the efficacy of human-elephant conflict mitigation strategies in reducing negative interactions in a biodiversity hotspot.
  • Conservation conversations: Engaging the local community to understand and preserve the critically endangered White-bellied Heron (Ardea insignis) and endangered the White-winged Duck (Asarcornis scutulata) along the Brahmaputra river basin.
  • Assessing patterns of livestock loss due to wolves in an arid human use landscape of north Karnataka.