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Conservation Initiatives is a not-for-profit Trust based in Guwahati, India, founded in 2017 by Dr. Varun R. Goswami and Dr. Divya Vasudev.
At Conservation Initiatives, our vision is to nurture a planet where endangered flora and fauna rebound and thrive, and people lead self-sufficient, eco-friendly lives that are at one with nature.
In keeping with our vision, our overall goal is to achieve large-scale conservation of endangered species, biodiversity and ecosystems through a model where multiple conservation roles of stakeholders in India’s complex landscapes coalesce in a scientific manner.
India is a country of rich natural heritage yet we continue to lose forests and the animals they hold. This adversely impacts: wildlife and biodiversity; 100–300 million people who are dependent on forests for their lives and livelihoods; India's water security, with currently more than half the population facing high water stress; and more.
At Conservation Initiatives, we believe that India has tremendous potential to emerge as a nation of scientific excellence in the field of conservation. The socio-cultural context of the country provides opportunities for novel and path-breaking models for conservation. All of these set the context for our work. Our approach involves three basic tenets.
Using scientific evidence to prioritise best practices, locations, and actions for each conservation landscape.
Devising solutions tailored to the local ecological and conservation context, and social and cultural environment.
An inclusive participatory approach wherein stakeholders are integrally involved in the implementation of conservation strategies.
Our projects are aimed at developing diverse ideas and concepts towards achieving our goal, and translating them into effective and impactful on-ground action.
A large focus of our efforts are in Northeast India, a globally recognised Biodiversity Hotspot, but extend to other parts of India. The work we do is replicable across the country, and elsewhere in the world.