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Annaul Report 2016-17

TCF is proud to present its Annual Report 2016-17! Our community-based conservation programs and activities supported generously by our corporate and institutional partners have enabled us to strive towards conservation for yet another year in TCF's 23 year long existence! Read, share and download the Annual Report 2016-17 here

 "GO ORGANIC" Campaign

TCF has been striving to save the Critically Endangered Great Indian Bustard (GIB) and its habitat in Abdasa taluka of Kutch district in Gujarat. The region of Abdasa also serves as an important habitat for 22 other threatened species of birds. To ensure long-term conservation of these avian species, TCF has launched the #GoOrganic campaign with the active involvement of local farmers. In 2017, TCF supported two farmers to grow 750 kg of Green Gram by using only biopesticides and without the use of inorganic fertilisers on 5-acre farmland. TCF also ensured marketing and sale of this organically grown Green Gram. The response was encouraging and the entire yield was sold out in few days time at double the market price of inorganically grown Green Gram. The income generated has been directly credited to the farmers' bank accounts. Based on the success of this venture, several local farmers have come forward to join the Go Organic campaign. TCF plans to scale up this model in Abdasa and other important grassland habitats of Gujarat in 2018. Such efforts and local community participation can go a long way in conserving the threatened birds and other denizens of the ecosystem.

 "Organic Farming Workshop" 

The uncontrolled and excessive usage of chemical fertilizers and pesticides not only affects fertility of the soil, but is also a grave threat to the biodiversity and health of local communities. To make people aware about this fact and motivate them to opt for the organic farming, TCF, in collaboration with Kutch (West) Forest Division, had jointly organised a three days skill development workshop for the farmers of Abdasa. Total 47 farmers from 7 different villages participated in this training.

In this workshop, the theoretical sessions on 'organic farming and management' were conducted by agricultural experts and experienced farmers on the first two days and a field visit was organised for detailed process exposure on the last day. All the farmers were taken to different organic farming fields in Kutch and practice ally demonstrated the preparation of natural fertilizers and bio pesticides. At the end of this program a starting kit comprising of three - 200 Ltrs capacity barrels, 150 Kgs of organic fertilizer, 10 Ltrs of bio-pesticides and bio-fertilizers along with the literature was provided to each farmer.

Kutch Forest Division and TCF jointly sponsored the training, accommodation, food, logistics, transportation and start-up kit for the farmers.  

Dr Naveen Pandey, Deputy Director and Veterinary Advisor of The Corbett Foundation (TCF) delivered a speech on the topic of "Elephants, Tigers, Cows and Community Engagement for Conservation in India" at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh on the 30th November 2017. Dr Pandey emphasized the need of a holistic approach while attending to the cases of conflict in conservation areas. He also insisted that wild attacks on livestock needs more investigation to identify the factors or reasons triggering this behaviour in wild animals. 


Going Solar...!


This October, TCF’s wild-life week celebrations focused on awareness creation & mitigation of Human-Wildlife Conflict. TCF through its solar initiatives is trying to address apparent causes of these conflicts. TCF distributed solar lights for house-hold use, solar lanterns with blink option for crop fields & installed solar street lights in the villages situated around Kanha & Corbett tiger reserves where there are no electricity connections. The solar lights are extremely helpful to the villagers to be alert of the predator movements during dark. This is ultimately helping to reduce the intensity of community resentment towards wild-life thus aiding to the overall wild-life conservation efforts.


 Organic Fodder Harvesting...a Sustainable Way to Cattle Rearing

TCF, with the support of Bombay Gow Rakshak Trust, has launched a Gauchar Restoration project in Kutch, Gujarat. The project aims to restore total 100 acres of grazing land distributed in two different villages situated in Mundra and Abdasa taluka, for the benefit of local livestock and with additional benefit of providing a safe heaven to the grassland-dependent wildlife species. The work is being undertaken with the active involvement of local villagers. The main aspects of the project include, a) development of model grassland plot highlighting rotational grazing system and scientific management of grassland b) growing and harvesting of organic fodder for the local livestock with a sustainable grazing policy that encourages stall feeding among the local communities. Growing green fodder throughout the year using Hydroponics technology is also a part of this project.  

So far, villages of Kanakpar and Tunda Vandh have joined hands with TCF on this path-breaking project.


To connect young minds with nature by unfolding experiences of beauty & diversity, TCF arranged a nature trail for select 20 students & teachers of Government Higher Secondary School. 

The students indulged in nature & were familiarized with basic bird watching & identifying techniques. The school appreciated this initiative & hopes for more such programs that can change youngster’s perspective towards nature & its conservation.


Capacity Building of Field Staff of Balaghat Forest Circle 

TCF facilitated visits of its Scientific Advisors Dr. AJT Johnsingh and Dr. Asad Rahmani to Balaghat North and Balaghat South forest divisions, a part of the critical Kanha-Pench Corridor. The field staff of these divisions walked for over 15 kms through these forests and learnt several important aspects of wildlife tracks and signs as well as the local flora and fauna. 

 Support to Elephant Camps of Kanha Tiger Reserve
TCF provided beds, trunks, ruck-sacks, water bottles and all-weather jackets to all the mahouts working with the Kanha Tiger Reserve (KTR). The elephant camps play an important role in patrolling the park. The above articles were handed over to Shri. Sanjay Shukla, IFS, Field Director of KTR by Shri. Dilip D. Khatau, Founder-Chairman of TCF in the presence of the TCF Board of Trustees and senior forest officials of KTR.
Mr. Dilip Khatau, Chairman
Mrs. Rina Khatau, Co-Chair
Mr. B. K. Goswami, Retd. IAS
Dr. M. K. Ranjitsinh, Retd. IAS
Mr. Nirmal Ghosh
Mr. Sam Mistry
Mr. Sharad Sanghi
Mr. Akshobh Singh
Mr. Darius E. Udwadia
Mr. Prabhu Rajkotia
Mr. Laxmikumar N. Goculdas
Dr. Divyabhanusinh Chavda


TCF is grateful for the support and collaboration of its various partner institutions, corporate organizations and NGOs who help to bring our ideas to fruition. More on our Partners in Conservation 
here .

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