Our work under this initiative focuses on:
- Bringing direct benefits to wildlife in India, such as improvement to their habitat, their food and water needs.
- Harmonious resolution of man-animal conflicts.
- Fulfilling needs of communities living in remote areas around forests, whose wellbeing will positively affect the health of the natural landscape around them.
Project Aquarius is our flagship project under this initiative, under which EBF provides drinking water for wildlife in India’s arid forest areas.
One of the major modalities of accomplishing this is by providing solar pump installations in forests, to draw water from bore-wells to replenish existing waterholes that run dry.
We are also exploring techniques to promote rainwater harvesting in forests, by creation and deepening of ponds, etc.
Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Karnataka.
EBF has provided solar-pump installations at three locations in this tiger reserve, in which many areas lie in rain-shadow, and are very arid.
Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh.
EBF has provided two solar-pump installations here, one in the popular Bishanpura Meadow of the Mukki Range, and another in a core area.
Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh.
EBF has donated three solar-pump installations in this popular tiger reserve, located in the arid Central Indian region.
Brahmapuri Divisional Forest, Maharashtra.
EBF has commenced installations at four sites for solar-pump installations in this tiger-rich forest, which is very prone to man-animal conflict.
Aarey forest, Goregaon, Mumbai
Solar-lamps were donated by EBF to several tribal hamlets in Aarey after a three-year old boy was mauled in a leopard attack. These lamps will ensure the safety of tribals who step outdoors for their ablutions, and for children who leave for school at dawn.
Baiga Tola, Mukki, Kanha, Madhya Pradesh
Umbrellas, raincoats, solar lamps, clothes and daily provisions are being provided on regular basis to a Baiga tribal village on the outskirts of Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh – this community is largely forest-dependent.