Programs & Activities
Conservation & Research
Awareness & Advocacy
Breaching the conventional method of teaching in classroom with virtual environment, this program puts actual environmental study on the right ground. The nature study conceived here is not so much about the learning of names and classification but giving an inexplicable experience of nature that would become a continuous process of learning.
In spite being ubiquitous a very important part of any ecosystem, Spiders have been the most neglected fauna compared to other species. This program aims to document the diversity and habitat of this amazing species and to obtain any additional pertinent information that could be of help in creating awareness about them and their conservation process.
Assessment of status, distribution and conservation issues of Forest Owlet
Once thought to be extinct for 113 years until its rediscovery in 1997 in central India, Population status of Forest owlet (Heteroglaux blewitti ), one of the most endangered species in India, is unspecified and is inferred as declining. Recent record of forest owlets from the Dang Forest corroborates the presence of this species in Gujarat and has raised hope for its conservation. Current knowledge on distribution and total population estimates for this bird in Gujarat is unspecified which is essential for the preservation of this rare bird and its habitat.
Team: Jenis Patel, Anirudh Vasava, | Funded by: Rufford Foundation, UK.
Conservation of Indian Wolf
Once consider as the realm of Indian wolf: Kutch, now has dwindling population of this ancient lineages of wolf. Prime objective of this project is to identify the existing population, the threats that loom over their existence, and understand the conflicts with local communities. This study will significantly consolidate the conservation efforts in Kutch.
Principal Investigator: Anirudh Vasava | Funded by: Rufford Foundation, UK.
Crocodile/Mugger Conservation in Charotar
Charotar with so many wetlands boosts a fine population of mugger, which remained undocumented till now. VNC initiated this project to ensure a safe and long-term survival of this ancient species in Charotar. Surveys are carried out across the wetlands of Charotar to assess their status, distribution and threats. VNC also carries out awareness programs among the communities living near wetlands, while also providing training to the local youths and forest department staff for a better management of the crocodiles.
Team: Anirudh Vasava, Dhaval Patel, Vishal Mistry, Mehul Patel | Funded by: Rufford Foundation, UK.
Developing solutions for Human Crocodile Conflicts, in Gujarat.
Of the 42 crocodile attacks reported in India in 2014, nearly 24 attacks occurred in Gujarat resulting in 12 human deaths, and the remaining severely injured/ permanently handicapped.As a result, negative attitude seems to have risen and probably has resulted in few incidents of retaliatory killing. We therefore feel the need to resolve immediate measures in order to minimize conflicts and to contain public resentment. This project attempts to understand the drivers of crocodile attack in a multivariate framework using spatial tools, as well as provide training and guidelines to the people involved in HCC management.
Team: Anirudh Vasava, Dhaval Patel, Brinky Desai Vishal Mistry, Mehul Patel | Funded by: Rufford Foundation, UK.
Environment Education in Govt. Schools
Environment education gets lowest priority in many schools and scarcity of competent educators in public schools results in no special emphasis on environmental education. VNC with support from Gujarat State Forest Dept has taken up task of educating children in public schools of Anand and Kheda district.
Team: Mehul Patel, Prathmesh Patel, Jay Suthar, Neeraj Parmar | Funded by: Gujarat state Forest Department.
Games for Environmental Manners
VNC’s GEM acts as a practical and inspirational primer for teaching the school kids about environment awareness. Such games help children to envisage new possibilities for more sustainable relations with nature. Activities focus on raising environmental awareness and developing Eco-sustainable behavior. Plus, these games make both the teaching and learning enjoyable without losing out on the lessons.
Greenathon : 1/4th Marathon & 10km Cyclying
Organized every year on the first Sunday of February with the motto of ‘Burn fat, not oil’, these marathon and cycling gets around 1500 participants. The motive behind this event is to spread environment awareness among the people and it veritably highlights the significance of exercise.
Finding Solutions for Man-Animal Conflict by Crocodile
To find out distribution of marsh crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) in Bharuch, Narmada and Surat districts. To assess extent of population of marsh crocodile in Bharuch, Narmada and Surat districts. To understand the basis of human-crocodile conflict. To raise awareness among local people living in areas where crocodiles occur for conservation and conflict avoidance. To help obtain information about co-existence and suggestions for prevention of possible conflicts.
Mapping of road side Trees of Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat
Trees in urban areas are essential. They clean the air, provide natural flood defences, mask noise, calm traffic and promote a general sense of wellbeing. This makes trees one of the most important armouries in urban living. But in due to lack of proper protection, we have seen that some trees go Missing overnight It is too late to trace the Culprits, some are damaged intentionally, all this reasons prompted us to map the Trees and give them identitiy. This map will be provided to Authorities for regulation & maintenance, Citizen science, for public participation. To be used for biannual monitoring. To determine future need. Diversity Check.
Nature Education Camps
Setting camps in the pristine, serene and tranquil nature sites brings people closer to the nature. This activity is not only for de-stressing but small scientific expedition are also carried out.
OOSM : Observational Outing on Sunday Mornings
It is an attempt to provide a break to the city dwellers from their ordinarily hectic daily lives. A manageable time period like half a day or so is taken out to visit a nearby area where natural flora and fauna can be observed.
Organic Kitchen Gardening for Urban children
Children dwelling in the urban area are far isolated from farms. This activity makes children learn simple techniques of organic farming and beneficially they get to grow their own pesticide-free vegetables in their homes as well.
Public Bio-Diversity Register.
It is believed that PBR and formation of BMCs with proper management system will boost zeal and create confidence among local community to maintain ecological balance and sustainable green future for generations to come. We had formed 10 BMCs and prepared PBRs of 2 villages, we are expecting to prepare PBRs of 8 villages where BMCs are already formed and formation of BMCs in other villages of Vijaynagar taluka of Sabarkantha district.
Quality assessment of Drinking Water in Anand –Vidyanagar
Groundwater is disappearing fast from the world and India is among the worst hit. Anand – Vallabh Vidyanagar and surrounding area depends upon ground water for use in all activities. In recent years water use has increased the stress upon our water resources. Locally, the quality of groundwater may have been degraded. Municipal and industrial wastes and chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides not properly contained may have entered the soil, infiltrated some aquifers, and degraded the groundwater quality. Other pollution problems include sewer leakage, faulty septic tank operation, and landfill leachates. Hence it has become need of the day to check quality of Ground Water on regular basis.
REP : Reptile Education Program
This program aims to clear misconceptions associated with reptiles specifically snakes. Awareness programs, accompanied with live snake shows, underline the importance of snakes in an ecosystem for food chain maintenance and as rodent control in agriculture.
Save the vultures campaign
Vultures are the species which has seen drastic reduction in their population in last few decades. Awareness programs through Audio-Visual Mediums and distribution of awareness materials (Hand-outs and flyers) are being carried to make people aware of the plight of the vultures and the harmful effects of using Diclofenac on vultures.
Save the Sparrow Project
Looking at the drastic decline of the common sparrow over the region, VNC contributes to their conservation through distributing nesting boxes and pots, water bowls, feeding bowls and while also creating awareness among the people for their conservation.
Snakebite Mitigation program
Around 14,00,000 people are bitten by snakes each year(bite to death ratio is 64:1). This means 126 people die every day due to snake-bites in India. Objective of this project is to educate people to avoid snakebite in Gujarat, India, and bring down the number of snakebites related deaths. Majority of these bites can be avoided with some basic precaution, education about proper first-aid and medical treatment. This can help bring down death rate, as too many people rely upon home remedies & witch craft, instead of going to hospital.
Tree Conservation within human habitat area
We pursue people to stop cutting trees unnecessarily. VNC volunteers protest against illegal tree cuttings; even we make it a point to levy legal charges against the violators.
We promote plantation of trees in human habitats, we distribute saplings and facilitate plantation. We encourage people to plant native fruit bearing trees. We plant native fruiting trees in school compounds. At the end of all our functions we distribute free saplings of trees as memento to all present.
Understanding and mitigating crop raiding of Indian Wild Ass in Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat.
Farmers residing around Wild Ass Sanctuary in Gujarat are facing serious crop raiding from Indian Wild Ass and other ungulate species. Absence of any mitigation measures has increased negative attitudes among the farmers. This presents a threat to the survival of Indian wild Ass. Using field data (direct observations and interview surveys) and landscape/GIS analysis we plan to identify drivers and patterns of crop depredation, major conflict areas and prepare risk map in agro-pastoral landscapes of Little Rann of Kutch. This will assist the policy makers in making landscape –level conservation strategy and managing similar issues elsewhere in Gujarat.
Walkability survey of Anand & Vidyanagar
The objective of this project is to find out whether or not there exist pavements for the pedestrians and what could be the reason that deters the people from walking. It also tries to undermine the need to use a vehicle to reach a place that could be covered by a brisk walk.
Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation
This program exclusively caters to the need of rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals in human habitat. Animals which have strayed from wild are rehabilitated and wounded animals are rescued and taken care of.