Projects

People & Conservation
 

Village Awareness Programme, Kanha TR, May 2017

Last Wilderness Foundation in association with the Kanha Forest Department has initiated a Village Kids’ Awareness Programme which allows pivotal stakeholders of conservation i.e, the communities/ children living in the buffer areas of the park to understand the importance of the forest and imperativeness of conserving it and developing a connection of appreciation between them and nature.
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Village Awareness Programme, Kanha TR, April 2017

The idea behind the programme was to meet with the local communities residing in the villages and to have a dialogue with them about the importance of conservation and what they can do in their capacity to protect it.
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Nature Education Camp, Kanha TR, March 2017

The programme was attended by 20 students and 5 teachers. While some of the students attending, had hearing impairment, a few of them had been diagnosed as mentally challenged. A 2-day camp for meant for students with special needs, was special for more reasons than one, where disability took a backseat and sheer love for the forests took over in the duration of the programme.
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Panna Education Programme

In continuation with project Unnati, which was initiated in the summer of 2015 and in order to facilitate and accommodate these students who want to continue their education post 8th standard, LWF funded 11 students (6 girls & 5 boys) for their hostel accommodation and educational expenses.
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VKAP, Kanha TR, January-February 2017

In order to re-iterate the linkage between humans and forests, students are exposed to the world of bio-diversity in a tiger reserve like Kanha so as to also emphasis the need for the students to help protect and preserve it and garner a sense of ownership towards the forest by accepting a certain sense of duty towards protecting the forest and denizens living within
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VKAP- Kanha TR, January 2017

The biggest post discussion takeaway for the students was to understand the forest and the animals by helping in dispelling myths about the same. The students were encouraged to create ‘myth busting’ awareness in their concerned regions so as to help other people also appreciate wildlife rather than fearing it or misusing it thereby leading to their depletion.
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VKAP- Bandhavgarh TR, December 2016

Thus, in keeping with the conflict scenario of the past, it was necessary to initiate awareness sessions to lay emphasis on the necessary precautionary steps to be taken in order to best avoid conflict situations in the future. To this effect, the LWF team embarked on a journey to a region fascinated yet unsure of their dealings with the denizens that often wander into the village realm.
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VKAP- Kanha TR, November 2016

Last Wilderness Foundation team embarked on a journey to initiate conservation awareness in a forest which not only houses an endangered species like the tiger but is the last wild scape for the Hard Ground Barasingha as well making it a critical habitat to protect.
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Forest Guards’ Training Programme

LWF in collaboration with Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve conducted a 1 day training programme on 23rd July 2016, for 40 new Forest Guard entrants at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.
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VAP- Panna TR, July 2016

Back on the tourism map with a bang, Panna now needs to reconnect with its locals who live in regions surrounding the park in order for them to join the conservation movement. Thus, in order for us to connect with the locals, the LWF team embarked on a journey to the land of diamonds, tigers and people.
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VAP-Bandhavgarh TR, April-May 2016

LWF embarked on the 11th leg of its journey to the forests of Central India to undertake the cause of awareness, understanding, sensitisation, among those who share their space with the tiger.
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Project Unnati, April 2016, Panna Tiger Reserve

In continuation to project Unnati, an initiative undertaken by LWF since 2015, the adults of the Pardhi community in Panna requested driving as a vocational training, in order to help them prepare professionally for mainstream society
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VKAP – Bandhavgarh TR, February 2016

This time, us being the students, made us learn and gain insights into the different attitudes, mindsets, maturity and reasoning of the villagers that often goes beyond our myopic thought process
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Workshop on managing human-wildlife conflict, Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

LWF in collaboration with the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve management conducted a one-day workshop on 12th February, 2016 on understanding human-wildlife conflict and exploring the methods to be brought into force during a conflict situation.
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VKAP – Bandhavgarh TR, Nov-Dec 2015

“They live around the forest; they are children of the forest for all practical reasons and have been for so many years, how new can the learning for both the parties be?” Right? Wrong!
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Unnati 2015, Panna Tiger Reserve

"Agar humare bachon ko aise suvidhaein prapt ho rahi hain, toh humein bahut khusi hogi. Sab pardhi ek joot hokar aise programme ko safal banane ki koshish karenge." – a Pardhi parent.
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VKAP – Bandhavgarh TR, March 2015

A programme started in the summer of 2012, the Village Kids’ Awareness Programme conducted by the LWF is in its 8th leg, and yet the learning from the students and the rural side of the wilderness continues.
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VKAP – Bandhavgarh TR, November 2014

"Pehle zamane mein tiger logon ki sunta tha sahib! Aao bolo toh aata tha, aur chale jao bolo toh chala jata tha, ab lagta hai cheezein badal gayi hain. Ab woh humari nahi suntan. Humein tiger se koi shikayat nahi hain aur na hogi, lekin maveshi aur logon ki zindagi ka daar toh bana reht hai na?” – Ramnath, the cook for the programme, a local of Bagdara village, tiger’s neighbour.
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VKAP – Bandhavgarh TR, April 2014

The primary objective of the awareness sessions conducted by LWF has been to help enable village communities living in these areas to engage and interact with their surroundings in a manner that is mutually beneficial to both, forests and people.
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VKAP – Bandhavgarh TR, December 2013

The tiger is at the top of the food chain and hence is an indicator species. Through the tiger, nature ensures that there is a balance in the ecosystem. Therefore, the extinction of the tiger will result in the loss of lesser fauna and consequently the forests too.
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LWF celebrates Wildlife Week at BTR

In Umaria, LWF participated in the Wildlife Week celebrations held by the Forest Department and held a screening of The Truth About Tigers for 120 school children.
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VKAP – Bandhavgarh TR, June 2013

When Archana a student living in Rohaniya village told us, “Tiger ki raksha karne se pehle humein apni raksha karna zaroori hai!”, we were indignant. We wondered why they didn’t want to save the tiger and how they expected to survive without it!
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Awareness for City kids

As a part of a continued effort towards conservation, Last Wilderness Foundation conducts awareness programs related to wildlife conservation in rural and urban schools.
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Capacity Building Training Programme, Panna Tiger Reserve

LWF conducted a training program for Panna’s frontline staff to equip them with necessary skills needed to protect the forest.
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VKAP – Bandhavgarh TR, November 2012

“Aisa dikhta hai kya tiger?” asked Om Prakash Yadav, pointing to the handsome face of a tiger that stared at us from our banner of LWF. Om Prakash Yadav has spent all his life in a village on the periphery of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve (BTR) and the truth is that he has never seen a tiger nor an image of this beast.
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Sessions with ‘VIDYA’ NGO

LWF and VIDYA NGO have collaborated to spread awareness about wildlife and the environment and to inculcate in people the need to protect and preserve them. VIDYA is an organisation that conducts holistic and integrated programmes that focus on education and empowerment, for children and adults, from lesser-privileged sections of society.
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Sessions with Ishaan Hatekar Foundation

In association with the Ishaan Hatekar Foundation, LWF conducted awareness programmes centered around the themes of wildlife, biodiversity and their importance.
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VKAP – Bandhavgarh TR, June 2012

It is essential to create an understanding among the people living here about the forest, its denizens and its existence (which is so crucial to mankind) so that together with the help of the existing communities we can hope to make a co-existence model between man and animal.
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VKAP – Bandhavgarh TR, April 2012

Before these sessions many of the children thought of tigers as cattle-killers and man-eaters. However, post the sessions, it was heartening to note that they changed their points of view. Having learnt about the tiger and its importance in the ecosystem, they emphasised the need to protect it.
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Donation of Shoes at Panna Tiger Reserve

LWF donated 600 pairs of shoes to the daily wage staff of Panna Tiger Reserve. These shoes are meant to serve as a protective measure against snakebites and other conditions that they may face while on duty.
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Donation of Cameras to BTR

LWF donated cameras to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. These cameras were given to the mahouts to photograph tigers and other animals with the purpose of aiding the process of monitoring tigers at BTR.
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‘Van Rakshak’ Training Programme at BTR

The ‘Van Rakshak' Training Programme was conducted by LWF in association with the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve to enhance the knowledge base of the staff of the Forest Department vis-à-vis biodiversity and wildlife of BTR.
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Solar Water Pump at Bathan, BTR

LWF donated a solar water pump to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve to facilitate the irrigation of the grassland at Bathan, which is one of the important sources of food for the herbivores.
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BTR Village survey report – May 2011

LWF surveyed three villages viz. Damna, Gata and Ghaghaud in the buffer zone of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, where cattle-lifting by tigers is a constant threat.
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Socio-economic Survey at BTR

LWF surveyed 31 villages in and around Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in June 2010. The purpose of the survey was to study social, economic and demographic profiles of these villages in order understand the level of impact they had on conservation and to gather information about the social, economic and demographic factors that affect them.
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Solar lamps at Kanha Tiger Reserve

Nikhil Nagle raised funds which was used by the authorities of Kanha Tiger Reserve to procure solar lamps that are in use at the various camps located in the park.
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