To build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to land through outdoor skills, service opportunities and leadership training.
Wilderness is valued for different reasons-wildlife, adventure, solitude, challenge, natural resources, culture, and sustainability. As stewards of our natural resources it is our responsibility to ethically and sustainably enjoy these places. We are on organization with proven track record in science based research, collaboration, meaningful advocacy and positive results. We are effectively fighting biodiversity decline in meaningful ways.
About Forest watch
Forest Watch is a charitable environmental organization head quartered in Wayanad, Kerala, India at the foothills of Western Ghats. Forming part of the highly sensitive Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Wayanad has an almost unbroken link with tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries of Bandipur, Mudumalai, Nagarholai, BR Hills, Sathyamangalam and Silent Valley in neighbouring states. Undoubtedly it is one of the last remaining true wildernesses of India. The district still retains 30 percent of its total area as virgin unoccupied forests with amazing biodiversity.
Wayanad is passing though numerous environmental issues created mainly by deforestation, irresponsible tourism, tribal land encroachments, human-animal conflicts and unscientific developmental initiatives. Nature tourism is turning a severe challenge not just to the Wayanad’s biodiversity and wildlife but also to its highly vulnerable tribal community.
Many plantations in Wayanad remain toxic hubs due to the indiscriminate spraying of banned hazardous pesticides. The widespread use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides has resulted in irreparable damage to Wayanad’s fragile ecosystem, resulting in a plethora of problems ranging from health issues to toxic pollution of local water bodies, soil, air and groundwater.
At the Forest Watch, our target is to contribute to the data of Wayanad’s unique natural heritage with ground-breaking research. We attempt to understand problems facing wildlife conservation in Wayanad and the survival needs of endangered species. At the same time we explore means to address human-wildlife conflicts. We believe that this can only be done by engaging all the stakeholders.
We build strong communities that respect and protect nature for the benefit of all life on earth. We work to keep earth wild. Team work changes the world. We provide training and expertise to improve conservation outcomes. Using the knowledge of wildlife biology and human society, we design conservation strategies that are locally apt. We work through a youthful profile driven by passion and enthusiasm. An extraordinary network of members from various walks of life brings together a wealth of resources. The activities of the society are supported by donations from well wishers and other likeminded organizations . .
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