Grassroots initiatives

Sloth bear-human coexistence in Marwahi

The dry deciduous forests of Northern Chhattisgarh host one of India’s largest sloth bear populations. But unfortunately, sloth bears don’t have a good reputation here. Quite the contrary, they are considered by many to be one of the most dangerous wild animals in the area.

Conservationists are now trying to identify the last islands with substantial bear populations in the region of Marwahi. But what will it take to protect Marwahi’s decreasing sloth bear population in a highly cultivated landscape?

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A thirteen-year battle to save the Hasdeo forests from coal mining

The forests of Hasdeo are called the lungs of India’s Chhattisgarh state. Sadly for its inhabitants, Hasdeo grows atop of a huge coalfield, and the government decided to start mining it. Fast forward thirteen years, the Save Hasdeo movement is fighting tirelessly against the total diminishment of the natural ecosystem of Hasdeo.

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What will the world’s largest refinery planned in Konkan do to local livelihoods and the environment?

Destroying 12.000-year-old prehistoric petroglyphs for an oil refinery that will best (or worst) case scenario run for the next 50 years – this is what the Maharashtra government plans by erecting the world’s largest refinery in the Konkan region. However, locals are enraged.

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Nature experiences beyond four walls 

Profound experiences in nature during childhood shape the way we develop as adults. Love for nature, curiosity and the sense of wonder cannot be evoked solely by long presentations inside a classroom. And this is the realization that motivated four sisters in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad to start their own, very unique nature camp, not only igniting the curiosity for nature within children, but also breaking the walls of expectations around women in Pakistan.

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A holistic conservation success story – Livestock insurance scheme to protect snow leopards

As elusive as this big cat is, for the agro-pastoralist population of the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, snow leopards are a real threat. Here we meet the NGO that became the global pioneer of developing a livestock insurance scheme connected to this vulnerable species, which many countries adapted since. So what lies in the center of the conflict, and how can such an insurance scheme lead to the conservation of the snow leopard and at the same time support local livelihoods?

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