The Corbett Foundation and the University of Edinburgh, UK have formally collaborated to co-operate and to share information, experience and skills to learn from each other, develop effective working practices and to work jointly.
The specially designed Sakhi stoves require around 40-50% less firewood than the traditional chulahs. These energy-efficient stoves come with a chimney extension that helps in expelling the smoke outside thus keeping the kitchen smoke-free. Over 600 Sakhi stoves have been installed already.
The use of biogas in the buffer zones of tiger reserves has proved to be one of the best interventions to reduce the dependency on fuel wood. This also helps in reducing man-animal conflict and grazing pressures. Around 25 biogas plants have been provided to villagers so far.
Around 2200 tribal youths and other forest-dependent communities have been trained in over 40 vocational skills under the Pukaar initiative since 2012 to reduce the people’s dependency on forests. Around 1500 more will benefit from this scheme till 2018.
This project covers the open farm wells with chain-linked fencing to prevent accidental drowning of wild animals. In the first phase, 200 such open wells that are closest to the core zone of Bandhavgarh Tiger reserve have been fenced to mitigate the man-animal conflict in the area.
In one of longest running tiger conservation programmes, over 12,000 livestock depredation cases have been recorded in and around Corbett Tiger Reserve from 1997-98 to 2014-15 and a total interim compensation of over INR 1.4 crores (around USD 235,000) have been paid under this scheme to prevent revenge killings of tigers and leopards.
Our campaign to protect the last surviving population of the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard in Kutch, Gujarat ensured the protection of important bustard habitat in the semi-arid region of Kutch.
We work closely with SAVE to protect the critically endangered vultures. Research, grassroots advocacy, capacity buidling and awareness are important tools to take the message across to the community.
Local communities and tigers commonly share natural ecosystems, and this often gives rise to conflict situations. The Corbett Foundation has adopted a multipronged strategy to help create a harmonious co-existence between tigers and human beings by providing primary healthcare, veterinary care, alternative livelihoods and sustainable initiatives to the local communities.