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Fellowship Bulletin

Priyanka Das and Amir Chhetri

Mediating Human-Elephant Coexistence In Dooars, West Bengal

As part of the fuelwood research, the team standardised measurements, shedding light on its impact on native vegetation and elephant habitats. They explored Chula alternatives and discussed collaboration with Balipara Foundation for restoration. Additionally, the team had proposed fuelwood plots as part of their project. The saplings for these were secured from the West Bengal Forest Department.

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Sunil Harsana and Nitesh Kaushik

In The Shadow Of National Capital: How Wildlife Is Thriving In Haryana Aravallis

Through new camera traps in Kherla and Damdama villages, the team captured wildlife and community using the same pathway and at different times of the day. They conducted citizen walks to raise ecological awareness.

Sherab Lobzang and Rigzen Dorjay

Facilitating Herder And Wildlife Coexistence By Reviving A Traditional Practice

The team collaborated with ACPGCMS and the animal husbandry department to assist Changthang herders with winter feed. They also proposed a communal fund for predator-induced losses.

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Mahesha J & Vinay K Kumar

Role of Soliga Community’s Traditional Fire Knowledge in Ecological Nurturance for Wildlife and Humans,B R Hills, Karnataka

The team took part in the documentation of the traditional fire practice, known as taragu benki. Furthermore, they collaborated with youth groups, presented their project to organisations, and took part in controlled burning experiments.

Manikandan R & Devaki B Nair

Echoes of the Ippimala Children- Exploring the Bond between Paniyas and Nature, Gudalur, Tamil Nadu

The team conducted meetings with tribal organisations in Nilambur, Coorg, Wayanad, and Gudalur as part of their project aiming to map the burial grounds and sacred groves in Paniya villages.

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Vishal Mistry & Nidhi Thanki

Harmony in Habitats: Mitigating Human-Crocodile Conflicts and Promoting Wetland Conservation in the Charotar Region, Central Gujarat

The team conducted pilot surveys in Gujarat's Anand district to assess habitat patterns, community dynamics, and crocodile presence. Engaging with local stakeholders and forest department officials, they addressed wetland-related issues and proposed suggestions for a crocodile park initiative.

Yadukrishna K R & Akhila George

Exploring Traditional Knowledge and Fisherfolk Perspectives on Coastal and Marine Biodiversity In Thrissur and Kollam, Kerala

The team held meetings with fisheries departments, schools, and other community leaders to gather data on traditional fishing practices and to develop a community-led renovation plan for the museum.

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Taju Pujen & Vivek Kumar Singh

Coexistence Through Cultural Revival and Responsible Tourism, Monigong, Arunachal Pradesh

The team engaged with village elders and youth and documented personal stories and perspectives on human-animal relationships. Additionally, they assisted in constructing a campsite, fostering community infrastructure and sustainable tourism.

Ramlal Punaji Kale and Vasanta Dhaju Bethekar

 

Community Forest Rights, Traditional Knowledge, Forest Conservation and Management, Melghat, Maharashtra

The team conducted interviews and focus group discussions to understand community issues and their relationship with wildlife. Their engagement with farmers addressed challenges and compensation concerns, while focus groups with women provided insights into forest usage and wildlife encounters.

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