With a view to enable people lead sustainable living, some unique programmes are being executed through this Group. Not easy to net achievements especially in the Indian context – Government has low priority to conservation though scene is changing for better.
- White-naped tit (Machlolophus nuchalis)
The bird is observed at a few places across India including at Nahargarh forest north of Jaipur where its breeding facilities are being created. Another population is around Kund in Haryana. Both are being actively covered: Tit note.
- House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
To check declining population of this house hold bird, Nest Boxes have been created which people are using at homes. As a result, a few thousand sparrows are recruited across the urban landscape. A book is done and dedicated to MGD Girls’ School.
- Indian Birding Fair
Commenced in 1997, with the sole objective of conserving Man Sagar lake, it has become a main conservation plank for a number of young and budding conservationists. It is Citizens’ Initiative and has become international.
- Great Indian Bustard
This Group happens to be the first to work on the species since late 70s. The bird faces the most precarious threat – extinction appears inevitable. The Government at long last decided for a conservation breeding centre to be set up: Minutes.
- Keoladeo National Park
As flowing water was denied by the Government to this Park during 2004-05, this Group lobbied for it before the Supreme Court of India, the report. The Park’s need for water are from (i) The Gambhir River if it would flow (from Panchana dam) (ii) The Chambal River pipeline (meant for drinking purposes of people) which supplies little water (iii) Goverdhan Drain which is not a perennial supply, and (iv) Rain god, not kind annually.
- Man Sagar dam
More than 400-year old this scenic heritage lake north of Jaipur has been restored (2003-09) beyond imagination, a unique example, using eco system based initiatives, led by this Group and supported by Jal Mahal Resorts Pvt Ltd. The annual Indian Birding Fair is held at this lake, in association with the British Bird Watching Fair, Dr. Tim Appleton.
- Wetland Conservation
Of utmost significance, an active campaign is run to conserve significant wetlands, especially those located in rural areas, as reserves of wildfowl and source for peoples’ welfare.
- Environmental Education
Holding international and domestic workshops to impart EE to school teachers, students and others, the group has been supported by EECG (Edward J. Mc Crea, Heather, Brad, Bora Simmens etc).
- Grass Land Conservation
These are the most crucial eco system for wildlife as well as humans, and also the most neglected. This Group is making concerted efforts to let grassland eco system rule the current decision making system for manifold benefits to all. Trying to enlist palatable grass species to multiply them.
- Bishnoi Example
Eulogizing what Bishnoi people started doing in 15th century in the Thar Desert to uphold conservation cause, this Group is trying to popularize their ethos to let people receive maximum by conserving flora and fauna – “sir santhe roonkh rehe to bhi sasto jaan” (a tree saved at cost of one’s head to be treated as a cheap deal).
- Responsible Tourism
The only way out – sustainable ways of serving and extracting benefits from Nature, it should actively happen This Group has caused examples to this effect like khaki uniforms, binoculars etc.
- Tiger Conservation
Rs 79.7 billion has been the ‘flow benefit’ from 6 Tiger Reserves (Corbett, Kanha, Kaziranga, Periyar, Ranthambhore and Sundarbans) – IIFM Study. Tiger gives all this to people yet Tiger, in a way, gets nothing. A mega issue for the mega predator.