Private Conservation Hotspots
Know Your Western Ghats
Create long lasting conservation impact which will benefit both wildlife and people living in the landscape
Ensuring the survival of native wildlife beyond protected areas
1. To create hotspots for the survival of native wildlife
2. To work with local communities to ensure the survival of native wildlife
Bhagvan Mahavir National Park and Bhagvan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary are protected areas in the Western Ghats of Goa. The buffer area outside the park is privately owned. Large private land holdings in this buffer area possess huge potential to be hotspots for survival of wildlife.
In this project we focus on understanding native wildlife and enriching private land holdings to not only support the survival of these species but also convert them into a promising habitat for these species.
Conservation Action - #1 Creating Waterhole
Conservation based on needs and understanding of endemic demographics is the essence of our operation. One of the primary value added actions towards conservation hotspots project was to focus on key needs of wildlife conservation. There are many streams in the Bhagwan Mahavir National Park, the fundamental nature of the streams being intermittent during the harsh heat creates a peculiar situation for wildlife and their source of water. Provison of a stable and lasting source of water has favourable impact in biodiversity conservation, it provides a drinking ground, meeting ground, mating ground and so forth.
A requirement by the wildlife was understood and taken account of by the Planetlife Foundation. Thus led to the development of methodological actions of scouting location, digging the cavity during the extreme summer weather for water hole creation. To our pleasant surprise, the first day of data monitoring recorded a gaur mother and calf drinking water from it, and later led to interesting use of the same source by various wildlife in expected and unexpected ways. To ensure the longevity of conservation activity throughout extreme weather, the team daily refilled the water hole with 40 liters of water. More than satisfactory results have enhanced our vision to replicate our thriving water action throughout the private conservation hotspot, in buffer regions and beyond the protected areas which do not restrict wildlife activity.
Buffer area of Bhagvan Mahavir National Park and Mollem National Park.