The Shola Trust

February 2011: In Gudalar, at the edge of the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, a small committed group of volunteers work to protect India’s shola forests – a mosaic of montane evergreen forests and grasslands found only at high altitude (more than 1,500 m. above mean sea level) regions within the tropics.

The Aranya Wildlife Trust

October 2010: Guided by the belief that conservation and community development go hand in hand, the Aranya Wildlife Trust (earlier called Vanya) works with villagers living in and around the Bandipur and Nagarahole Tiger Reserves and the Nugu Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka.

The Sri Sri Mahavir Pakhshi Surakshya Samiti (SSMPSS)

June 2010: It was 5:30 a.m. and my phone rang loudly. Being a late riser, I was rather annoyed until I saw the number and recognised it as one of the villagers of Mangalajodi, a picturesque hamlet on the banks of the Chilika Lake in Orissa. Picking up, I heard the troubled voice of Madhu, an eco-guide at Mangalajodi, saying “Sir kuch log Mangalajodi main shikar kar rahe hain

Wildlife Aware Nature Club

April 2010: The Wildlife Aware Nature Club (WANC) took root in 1989 when WWF-India launched its Nature Clubs of India (NCI) movement in a bid to encourage conservation action at the local level. WANC was started by a group of youngsters who decided to create awareness on wildlife issues and today, it is a potent force in Karnataka, actively defending the region’s wildlife.

Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra

April 2010: Vishwas Katdare and Ram Mone of the Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra (SNM) were birding in the Vengurla Rocks in south Konkan when they saw a nesting colony of the Indian Swiftlet in a cave on Bandra Rocks (local name of the islet). There were hundreds of swiftlets engaged in nest building.

Legal Initiative For Forest And Environment (LIFE)

April 2010: Confucius once said, “The superior man seeks what is right; the inferior one, what is profitable.” At the Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE), it is precisely this – the future of our natural resources which will safeguard our tomorrow vs. the short-term gains of misguided developmental projects – that a team of dedicated lawyers fight for.

The Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT)

April 2010: Hemendra Kothari, better known as one of India’s most successful and principled bankers, founded the Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) in 2002.

Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network

April 2010: An oft-repeated story has it that a wise man once came across a young boy on a beach, gently tossing washed-up starfish back into the sea. Gesturing towards the hundreds of starfish dying on the sand, he questioned the effectiveness of the child’s action. The boy picked up another one, threw it into the water and turning back to the wise man said, “It made a difference…

The Rushikulya Sea Turtle Protection Committee

April 2010: The Rushikulya river merges into the Bay of Bengal near Ganjam town in Southern Orissa. A wide stretch of beach on the northern side of the river is the favoured nesting site of olive ridley turtles.

Centre for Social Markets (CSM)

April 2010: The Centre for Social Markets (CSM) is an independent, non-profit organisation founded in 2000 by social entrepreneur, Malini Mehra, to accelerate the transition to more just and sustainable societies. Their focus is on making markets work for the ‘triple bottom line’: people, planet and profit.

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