Nature Conservation is in your hands!
We live in an era where environmental degradation has become synonymous with developmental activities. Humanity has moved far from the sustainable and balanced ancient cultures of the world to the present lifestyle of excessive materialism and conquest of nature. Sustainable lifestyles and balanced economic policies, based on conservation oriented scientific research and public awareness, are required to effectively address the root cause. BNHS (Bombay Natural History Society) has been persistently promoting the cause of natural India for the past 128 years. All along, the focus of BNHS has been on research, conservation and public awareness.
BNHS is today the largest non-government organization (NGO) in the Indian sub-continent engaged in nature conservation and research. Headquartered in Mumbai, it has Conservation Education Centres (CECs) in Mumbai and Delhi and is currently working on over a dozen research and conservation projects across India. Over the years, BNHS has been honoured with several awards such as Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Conservation Award, Global 500 Award by UNEP and Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar.
BNHS has been recognized by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, as Regional Nodal Agency to co-ordinate wildlife research in western India. It has been designated as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. BNHS is currently involved in research projects such as Vulture Conservation and Breeding in Haryana, Paschim Banga and Assam; Migratory movement of water birds in Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur and Odisha; Population status of Jerdon’s Courser in Andhra Pradesh and Project Elephant in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Conservation at BNHS involves advocacy at various levels, grass-root level activity, networking and mobilizing support for the conservation of biodiversity. BNHS is currently involved in conservation projects such as City Forest Fund – Mumbai, Maharashtra; Conservation of Giant Clams, Lakshadweep; Molluscan Taxonomy of Gujarat; Satpuda Landscape Tiger Program, Maharashtra and Mangrove Conservation Project – Maharashtra & Gujarat. BNHS undertakes biodiversity assessment studies to study and conserve the wildlife and habitat of the region.
BNHS has worked in collaboration with international and national institutions such as Bird Life International of which BNHS is the India partner; Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB); International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Wetlands International, Malaysia; US Fish and Wildlife Service; Smithsonian Institution; Wildlife Institute of India; University of Mumbai; Aligadh Muslim University and University of Pune. BNHS works with corporates who share a vision for conservation. BNHS has partnered with Tata Group, Godrej Group, British Gas, ICICI Bank, Bharat Petroleum, Mahindra, DSP Merrill Lynch, SBI and Union Bank of India.
Other important activities of BNHS include Envis (Environmental Information System) Centre, Important Bird Areas (IBA)Programme, nature camps/trails, educational workshops and training programmes. The natural history collection with over 1,20,000 specimens of mammals, birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians is a national heritage. BNHS library contains over 22,000 books on Wildlife, Ecology, Zoology, Botany, Conservation and Sustainable Development. Books published by BNHS and souvenirs such as t-shirts, calendars, mugs, greeting cards, DVDs, twitter clocks and soft toys go a long way in supporting conservation.
Your role for a better tomorrow
We are sure that organizations like BNHS with active support from the public, the corporate world and the government, can once gain bring back that pristine natural glory of our planet through sustainable practices. Any individual or organization can associate with BNHS and help conservation in a variety of ways including Donations to Research Projects/Library/Natural History Collection, Membership, Purchase of Books and Souvenirs and Participation in Nature Camps/Trails and Education Programmes.
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