Major activities and scope

In Madhya Pradesh, State Forest Research Institute Jabalpur is conducting Wildlife Research in coordination with Park managers. As, our state has been renowned in the country for its tremendous efforts in wildlife conservation, with an impressive protected area network, including six excellent tiger reserves supporting a wide range of wildlife species. This centralized Wildlife Research Cell will provide opportunities to institutions/ organizations/ MP Forest Department/ State wildlife wing for applied research and monitoring wildlife, compilation and dissemination of information and various technical supports. 

The State Forest Department has conducted systematic collection of data on monitoring the Tigers, co-predators, prey and their habitats in Protected Areas. The utilization of these primary data and their application in sustainable wildlife management is the prime mandate of this Wildlife Research Cell to find out the population dynamics and the factors responsible for change in population and habitat loss, changes in occupancy patterns etc. along with applied research on various aspects of wildlife management, men-animal conflicts, habitat loss, site specific problems, species specific problems, special attention to RET species, strengthening of monitoring facilities & management interventions, development of technical documents etc. for overall sustainable development of the wildlife. Basic and fundamental researches have their own importance for create base-line data for future studies, which are being included in the mandates of the Wildlife Research Cell.

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Mandate

  1. Monitoring and evaluation of wildlife and their habitats.
  2. Study on ecology and conservation of wildlife including herbivores, carnivores and avifauna of the state.
  3. Impact of wildlife on human habitation and vice-versa.
  4. To prepare the wildlife management plan.
  5. Serve as a nodal agency to compliment management authorities for scientific inputs.
  6. To develop wildlife forensic laboratory.
  7. Documentation and dissemination of information on wildlife conservation.

 Institutional Staff

Dr. Anjana Rajput
Branch Head & Senior Research Officer 
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  • M.Sc (1989). Ph. D (1992), Specialization in Forest Ecology from H.S. Gaur Central University, Sagar (M.P.).
  • Diploma in Environmental Studies from IGNOU- New Delhi, 2014.
  • Awarded Senior Research Fellowship by CSIR, India, 1992-94.
  • 25 years of research experience in various fields of forestry. 
  • Area of interest: Wildlife Conservation, Habitat Ecology & Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). 
  • Recognized as Functional Area Expert for Ecology & Biodiversity from NABET, Quality Council of India, New Delhi for River valley and Mining sectors.
  • Supervised M.Sc. students for their dissertation works. Experience as external Evaluator for M. Phil Thesis and Viva-voce at Indian Institute of Forest Management Bhopal and other institutes. 
  • Organized various National level workshops and Training programmes.   
  • Participated in several International/National Workshops, Seminars and delivered lecture in various programmes, as guest faculty.
  • Participated in national and international conference including Tree Seeds 2002 (IUFRO Congress) in Chania Crete
  • Participated in 14th World Forestry Congress held in Durban, South Africa at 2015. 
  • Participated in 6th International Conference on Biodiversity and Conservation held in Dubai, UAE at 2017. 
  • Published 34 research papers in national and International peer reviewed journals, 6 technical bulletins, 1 book, 34 research reports and 8 monitoring and evaluation reports.
  • Currently handling the various Research Project of the branch as Principal Investigator.

 

Dr Aniruddha Majumder 
Scientist - B (Wildlife Biology)
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  • M Sc in Forestry, Wildlife and Environmental Science in 2004 and Ph D in Wildlife Science (Bio Science) in 2012.
  • Worked in “Monitoring tigers, co-predators, prey and their habitat 2005-08” research project under Wildlife Institute of India and National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
  • Worked in “Ecology of Tigers in Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra” research project under Wildlife Institute of India from October 2006 to April 2013.
  • Worked as a Technical Officer in Global Tiger Forum- An International Inter Governmental Body working on Tiger Conservation.
  • Worked in Regional center National Afforestation and Eco-development Board, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
  • Published in total 34 Scientific papers (Peer reviewed national and International), Popular Articles, Research reports, Technical Manuals and Books. Co-authored- Status Report: Tigers, co-predators and prey in Protected Areas of Madhya Pradesh, 2016.
  • Participated in National and International workshops, conferences and symposiums including “Trans-boundary Conservation of Tigers and Other Endangered Species, and the Strategy for Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade" at Kunming, China at 2013 and Second Global Tiger Stock Taking conference and 6th General Assembly of Global Tiger Forum at Dhaka, Bangladesh on 2014.
  • Expert Committee Member to asses Impact of Sand mining on Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) and other wildlife habitat in National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary and Son Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary Madhya Pradesh.
  • Worked in Assessment of Wildlife around the Dumna Airport, Jabalpur research project under State Forest Research Institute.
  • Trained frontline forest staff of Madhya Pradesh under “Capacity building of Forest Staff of Madhya Pradesh on Wildlife Population Monitoring Techniques” project. M Sc in Forestry, Wildlife and Environmental Science in 2004 and Ph D in Wildlife Science (Bio Science) in 2012.

 

Dr. Mayank M. Verma
Senior Research Assistant
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  • M.Sc. Life Science, LLB. 
  • Ph.D. (Bio-science) in 2018, Title "Genetic Diversity of Tigers (Panthera tigris) in National Parks Corridor - A case study Kanha-Pench Corridor".
  • Pursuing MBA (operation) from IGNOU.
  • A forestry & Wildlife Research professional with 11.6 years of experience. Expertise in the Wildlife Management, Forest Genetics, Silviculture, Forest Management and Monitoring & Evaluation of the Forest Village Development Schemes.
  • At present, completed a project on "DNA based monitoring of Tigers presence and their movements in Kanha- Pench corridor of M.P." as Principal Investigator and also successfully accomplished various Forestry Projects.
  • Published various research articles on forestry issues. 
  • A Conceptual model on Silvicultural management of bamboo plantation, poster was presented in the XXIII IUFRO WORLD CONGRESS (IUFRO2010) held at Seoul (Korea). .

 

 Project Staff

Pratap Rao Vagh
Computer Operator cum Project Associate
Wildlife Branch
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  • Pursuing PGDCA from from Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal (M.P.). 
  • Graduate in B.Com. (R.D.V.V., Jabalpur)
  • One Year Computer Diploma 
  • Hindi Typing (Madhya Pradesh Board)
  • English Typing (Madhya Pradesh Board)

 

Mo. Ashad Hussain Mansoori 
Field Assistant
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  • Bachelor of Science from MGCGV in 2014
  • One years working experience as Advisor in national insurance company Ltd. & Tata AIA Life Insurance Company Ltd. Jabalpur M.P. 
  • Two years working experience as Project Assistant/ Field Assistant in various projects under wildlife branch of State Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur, M.P. 
  • Hold Advanced Diploma in Computer Application, Diploma in Information Technology & Office Management, and Diploma in Health Inspector.
  • Worked as a Field Assistant in “Assessment of wildlife around the Dumna airport, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh)” under Wildlife Branch in State Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur.

 

Mr. Prashant Kumar Kori
Field Assistant     
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  • M.E. in Water Resource Engineering from SGSITS INDORE affiliated from RGPV in 2014.
  • B. Tech. Agricultural Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya Jabalpur in 2011. 
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application (PGDCA) in 2015 from Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal (M.P.). 
  • Worked For 2.5 Year In “Integrated Watershed Management Programme.” Under Madhya Pradesh government.   
  • Thesis work in M.E. in “Determination Of Optimal Cropping Pattern For An Irrigation Project  Using Soft Computing Techniques: A Case Study.”
  • Project work in B.Tech. “Testing Performance & Analysis Of Mini Sprinkler Irrigation System Operated By Traddle/Paddle Pressure Pump.”

 

Name Mr. Shailendra Singh Yadav
Designation / Qualification Research Associate, (M.Sc., Biotechnology)
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Specialization Molecular Biology

 

Research

On-going projects

S. No.

Title of the Project

Name of PI

Source of funding

Sanctioned Amount (Rs.)

Date of Initiation

Due Date of completion

1

Monitoring and evaluation of wildlife and their habitats for sustainable management and development in the protected areas/Territorial divisions of Madhya Pradesh

Dr. Anjana Rajput

PCCF (Wildlife) Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal

154.28 lakh

May 2018

April 2021

2

Monitoring Re-introduce Tiger (Panthera tigris) in Nauradeshi Wildlife Sanctuary

Dr. Anjana Rajput

PCCF (Wildlife) Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal

69.58 lakh

Aug. 2018

July 2021

3

To study the impact of proposed water supply subproject under MPUDP on the Dolphin, Crocodile and their habitat in National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary, Morena (M.P.)

Dr. Anjana Rajput

MP Urban Development Company Ltd., Bhopal

64.51 lakh

Feb. 2019

March 2021

4

Study on Tiger Presence and their Dispersal Movements in Ratapani- Kheoni Landscape of Vindhyan Range

Dr. Mayank M. Verma

PCCF (Wildlife) Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal

43.07 lakh

Sept. 2017

Dec. 2020

 

Regular Activity

         

1

Maintenance of monitoring and evalution facilities and data base of predators prey in Madhya Pradesh

Dr. Anjana Rajput

PCCF (Wildlife) Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal

25 lakh

May 2018

April 2023

 

Completed Projects 

S. NO.

TITLE OF THE PROJECT

NAME OF   PI

OBJECTIVES

FUNDING AGENCY

YEAR OF COMPLETION

1 Preparation of Detailed Project Report for wildlife habitat improvement in the adjoining area of Sardar Sarovar Project, Madhya Pradesh. (Revised DPR) Dr. Anjana Rajput
  • To assess the present status of vegetation and existing wild animals in the study area
  • To identify critical wildlife habitat areas including habitat using by major avian fauna
  • To study the status of abiotic attributes of the area- status of soil availability and distribution of water sources and shelter in the study area
  • To prescribe compensatory conservation measures for the wildlife habitat loss caused by submergence
  • To study the dependence of local communities on the study area for their livelihood needs and to suggest measures for the development of alternative sources.
  • To explore the possibility of eco-tourism in the study area as alternative source of livelihood to local communities.
  • To prescribe the activities for habitat improvement with financial implication
NVDA, Bhopal (M.P.)

Oct. 2020

(Revised DPR)

2 Study on agricultural crop damage by wild animals and its management in Hoshangabad Circle of Madhya Pradesh Dr. Anjana Rajput
  • To estimate the crop damage through direct and indirect method and find out the correlation factor to evaluate the crop damage cost.
  • To assess the effect of treatment of animal repellents to reduce the crop damage.
  • To assess the socio-economic impact of crop damage and to resolve the conflicts of farmers.
  • To suggest the mitigation measures to minimize the crop damage
PCCF (R/E & Lok Vaniki) M.P. Bhopal May 2020

1

Impact of tourism on ecological, economical and social dynamics in and around the Tiger Reserves of Madhya Pradesh

Dr. Anjana Rajput

  • Study the status of tourists after fixing the carrying capacity of the tiger reserves
  • To assess the environmental impact, including impact on existing wildlife corridor function due to mushrooming of resorts
  • To assess the economic benefit of tourism and socio – cultural impact on local communities/ inhabitants
  • To encourage the eco- resort through resort grading based on the eco- friendly criterion
  • To suggest mitigation for minimizing the adverse impact of tourism in tiger reserve. 

PCCF (R/E & Lok Vaniki) M.P. Bhopal

 

Dec. 2019

2

Collection of baseline data and impact of airport activities on proposed tiger safari at Dumna Nature Park.

Dr. Anjana Rajput

  • To assess the impact of noise and air quality due to airport activities.
  • To collect the baseline data on presence of wildlife, available water resources and existing vegetation of the area.

Municipal Corporation, Jabalpur (M.P.)

Oct. 2019

3

Role of management interventions in wildlife habitat improvement on evacuated sites of Satpuda Tiger Reserve, M.P.

Dr. Anjana Rajput

  • To evaluate the role of management interventions in wildlife habitat improvement on evacuated sites.
  • Assessment of species specific habitat suitability mainly for herbivores.

PCCF (CAMPA), M.P. Bhopal

Aug. 2019

4

Capacity building of forest staff of Madhya Pradesh on wildlife population monitoring techniques

Dr. Anjana Rajput

  • To create a cadre of master trainers on advanced wildlife population monitoring techniques that can further transfer their knowledge.
  • To train all frontline forest staff of tiger bearing beats of this States.

PCCF (Wildlife) & Chief Wildlife Warden, M.P. Bhopal

 

 

June 2019

5

Standardization of the population estimation techniques of blue bull (Boselaphus tragocamelus) using Pellet Group Count Method in Van Vihar National Park, Bhopal.

Dr. Mayank Makrand Verma

 

  • To estimate population of Nilgai using different population estimation techniques in Van Vihar NP.
  • To estimate defecation rate of Nilgai in enclosure.
  • To compare the efficacy of  pellet count method (indirect) and  distance based line transect method (direct) with complete count method.

PCCF & CWLW, MP, Bhopal

Dec. 2018

 

 

Services

  • Provide information on population estimation of tiger, co-predator, and prey to the forest department.
  • Technical guidance to the forest department on modern scientific tools and technologies.
  • Preparation of wildlife management plan to the stakeholders.
  • Conflict management.
  • Wildlife Habitat Management.
  • Ecological assessment of wildlife areas.

Major Achievements

  • MoU signed with Wildlife Institute of India to enhance the in-house capacity of this Wildlife Branch of SFRI.  
  • SFRI team visited WII to get firsthand experience on wildlife population monitoring and learnt to operate various wildlife populations monitoring software.
  • Procurement and distribution of advanced equipments for wildlife census: 
  • बाघ, सह-परभक्षी, चैपायों एवं उनके वासस्थल का अनुश्रवण - 2018 हेतु मार्गदर्षिका, Technical Bulletin 78, Year 2018. Download 

  • प्रशिक्षण मार्गदर्शिका - आधुनिक जीपीएस, रेंज फाईडर एवं कम्पास हेतु, Technical, Bulletin 72, year 2017. Download

Research Activities 

Wildlife Week Celebration in SFRI Training on Wildlife Population Monitoring at Wildlife Institute of India
Interaction With Pardhi Communities
Field Activites under Wildlife Branch Monitoring the tigers, co-predators, prey and their habitats
Field excercise on Camera Trapping Tiger sign survey