Several organisations and individuals spread all over India are today 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–SG aims at providing an opportunity to budding or 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.
It brings us pleasure to announce the list of projects that have been awarded grants under WCT-SG 2017-18 Phase II. WCT congratulates all its grantees and hopes that they will make the very best of this opportunity.
Following Projects have received grants under WCT-SG 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, India.
- Initiating Conservation Breeding of Asian Brown Tortoise (Manouria emys) in selected North East Indian Zoos with focus on reintroduction strategies.
Projects that have received grants under WCT-SG 2017-18 Phase I are as follows.
- 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 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 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, India.