Nirmal Kulkarni

New Experiment: Safeguarding Private Forests as a Long-Term Conservation Strategy

 

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row custom_padding=”0|0px|28px|0px|false|false” _builder_version=”3.12.2″ make_fullwidth=”on”][et_pb_column type=”2_3″ _builder_version=”3.12.2″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.12.2″]

Nirmal Kulkarni
Member, Goa State Wildlife Advisory Board.
Director, Mhadei Research Center and Wildernest Nature resort.
Date: 28th September, 2013
Time: 04:50 P.M
The wildlife corridors and critical habitats that are outside the Protected Area network of India’s Western Ghats have always been seen as an area of concern from a conservation perspective. Unprotected, exploited and seldom understood in terms of their diversity as well as functionality for humans and wildlife, these areas are often lost to rapid industrialization and expansion.
A decade and a half ago one such area, on the tri-state boundaries of Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra, was under threat by vested interests in mining, timber lobbying and monoculture plantations. A group of professionals from various walks of life came together to protect this area for its ecological and aesthetic value, and managed to conserve it using a combination of field research, community outreach, eco tourism and hard-core wildlife conservation.
This approach helped safeguard an important large mammal corridor between two protected regions, a watershed area for Goa’s lifeline river the Mandovi. It also helped set an example and provide a platform for further work, in what is now known as the Mhadei Bio region.
A successful and sound ecotourism program ensured international recognition to the region. This talk is based on lessons from a unique project, now considered as one of the beacons to follow in South India.
Download Poster

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_3″ _builder_version=”3.12.2″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”Subscribe” _builder_version=”3.12.2″ background_color=”rgba(0,0,0,0.37)” use_background_color_gradient=”on” background_color_gradient_start=”#D883F8″ background_color_gradient_end=”#352DBE” background_color_gradient_direction=”96deg” background_color_gradient_start_position=”29%” background_image=”http://103.120.178.226/~sccs/public_html/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/5-1.jpg” background_blend=”overlay” custom_margin=”|||” custom_padding=”0||0||true|false” global_module=”309″ saved_tabs=”all”][/et_pb_section]]]>