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Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) is a research institution in the areas of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. In 2009 ATREE, along with CEPF, awarded us two grants that enabled us to start a project on mitigation of human elephant conflict in North Kanara and conservation of private forests in Maharashtra Western Ghats. We take guidance of senior ATREE scientists on practical and technical issues related to our projects.
Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) is a membership-driven organization that has been promoting the cause of a natural India for the past 130 years since 1883. It is a premier institute for study of natural history in India. We collaborate with BNHS and take advice of its scientists on various technical issues of natural history studies, especially bird studies.
CEPF is a joint program of l'Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. CEPF provides grants for nongovernmental and private sector organizations to help protect biodiversity hotspots, Earth’s most biologically rich yet threatened areas.In 2009 CEPF, in partnership with ATREE, gave us grants that enabled us to start two new projects in Western Ghats - the first for Mitigation of Human Elephant Conflict in North Kanara District of Karnataka and the second for A Study of Private Forests in Maharashtra Western Ghats.
Department of Science & Technology (DST) is a department of the Central Government that was established in May 1971, with the objective of promoting new areas of Science & Technology and to play the role of a nodal department for organising, coordinating and promoting S&T activities in the country. Department of Science and Technology gave us a grant in 2012 that enabled us to start the study of Forest Owlet in Khandwa Division of Madhya Pradesh.
Karnataka Forest Department is a department of the Karnataka State Government responsible for the administration, management and protection of forests and wildlife of the state. We have been associated with Karnataka Forest Department for many years on various projects for conservation of Elephants. The officers of Karnataka Forest Department have been very helpful and cooperative for implementation of our work.
KPIT is a company in the Information Technology sector offering solutions in the area of automobiles, transportation, manufacturing and energy. KPIT has given us a grant for our project on conservation of private forests in the corridor region between Koyna Sanctuary and Chandoli National Park. Employees of the company are participating in the project as volunteers.
The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is a significant philanthropic endowment established to provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives, recognize leaders in the field of species conservation and elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate. In 2012 the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund gave us a grant that enabled us to continue our study of Forest Owlet in Khandwa Division of Madhya Pradesh.
Maharashtra Forest Department is a department of the Maharashtra State Government responsible for administration, management and protection of forests and wildlife of the state. WRCS has a long and close association with Maharashtra Forest Department in the area of wildlife conservation. WRCS has collaborated with Maharashtra Forest Department on several studies on wildlife of the state, especially in Melghat and the Western Ghats. At present WRCS is collaborating closely with Maharashtra Forest Department for conservation of the Tiger in Melghat Tiger Reserve and Sahyadri Tiger Reserve and conservation of Giant Squirrel in Western Ghats.