Intervention

intervention

why it matters?

Our evidence based conservation strategies involve targeted interventions to conserve wildlife and wild lands in India with dedicated local partners. We have supported thousands of individuals, families and communities across India. We have empowered people to access government sponsored schemes and programs in conflict mitigation, education, healthcare, agriculture, finance and alternate livelihoods. 

Mitigation

WILD SEVE

Effective wildlife conservation efforts have led to growing populations of tigers, leopards and elephants in India’s Western Ghats. This conservation success has increased the frequency and severity of crop and property damage, livestock predation and occasionally human injury and death. Research led by Dr Krithi K. Karanth in 17 sites across India interviewing 10,000 households identified conflict hotspots including around Bandipur and Nagarahole Tiger Reserves. These reserves are home to globally important populations of tigers, leopards and elephants. When wildlife is seen as a cost, in lost crops and livestock, and as a threat to safety it is unsurprising that local families retaliate by killing “problem” animals. Live monitoring and response have enabled us to identify locations where repeated losses or encounters have taken place. For families experiencing repeat depredation incidents, Wild Seve has built several predator-proof livestock sheds. Wild Seve staff also actively support other requests from people to assist them with wildlife-related issues in their village.Till date, Wild Seve has assisted by more than 10,300 families file claims with almost 5,400 receiving $235,387 (₹ 1,61,64,286) in compensation. 

Mitigation

wild shaale

Human­ wildlife conflicts are a major conservation issue around all wildlife reserves in India, where elephants, leopards, tigers, and wild pigs regularly intersect with local villages, damaging crops and preying on livestock. Dr. Krithi K. Karanth in partnership with Ms. Gabby Salazar and Dr. Morena Mills has created an environmental and conservation education program for village school children living around wildlife reserves. The program is aimed at nurturing an interest in local wildlife, fostering a tolerance for wildlife, and teaching children how to better coexist with wildlife and cope with losses. Along with designing and setting up this program in village schools, we will also conduct evaluation research to understand how the Wild Shaale program can be designed to have the greatest impact at the lowest financial cost. We are currently working with ~ 50 schools located adjacent Nagarahole and Bandipur National Parks and expect to interact and engage ~3000 children in 2018. Jointly our efforts will result in a replicable and locally relevant environmental and conservation program that can be scaled throughout India. Our evaluation research will also help illuminate best design practices for environmental education programs aimed at conserving biodiversity and helping people better coexist with wildlife.

intervention

Land purchase

We believe that rewilding India, requires strategic interventions that create wild lands devoid of anthropogenic  use and associated impacts. We have created such lands in and around eight wildlife reserves in India by working with 75 families.