The DeFries Bajpai Foundation (DBF) supports scientists, engineers and practitioners who are working towards sustainable solutions to development. A particular focus is the central highlands of India and development pathways that integrate conservation, economic growth, and livelihoods for local people.
The DBF Grantees with ongoing projects: 2022-2024
Project Title – Understanding Status of Fallow Forests in Bewar
Organization – Keystone Foundation
Project Title – Capacitating Community Forest Resources Management Committees for Responsible Forest Governance
Organization – Srujan
Project Title – Acoustic recordings as a tool for improved communication with small landowners on biodiversity
Organization - Commonland
Project Title – Identifying opportunities and tradeoffs to waterbird conservation in a tropical agricultural mosaic
Organization – University of Minnesota
Project Title – Develop a basket of contextually relevant livelihood opportunities that improve communities’ well-being and restore the degraded landscape
Organization – Earthfocus
Project Title – An approach to localise fires and optimise distribution of fire detection nodes at the Melghat Tiger Reserve
Organization – Indian Institute of Technology, Indore
Project Title – Integration of Conservation and Livelihood around Protected forest area of Kanha Tiger Reserve
Organization – Community Development Centre, Balaghat
Project Title – A paradigm shift in connectivity planning: Win-win situation for wildlife and people
Organization – Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve Conservation
Adivasi migration from Baiga Chak, Dindori District, Madhya Pradesh: Motivations and changing environmental consciousness: Venkat Ramanujam Ramani, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Banglore, India.
Planning conservation management for wildlife by analyzing hunting practices and alternative livelihood options for Pardhi tribal community in Central India: Manpreet Singh, Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, India.
Investigating the effect of landscape features on functional connectivity among Sloth bears (Melursus ursinus) populations in the Melghat landscape: Neelu Soni, Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Amravati, India.
Road-block for wildlife connectivity: Impact of the road network on genetic connectivity and population structure of Sambar (Rusa unicolor) population in the central Indian landscape: Abhinav Tyagi, National Center For Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India
The ‘who, what, and where’ of reducing human-wildlife conflict: Understanding behavior profiles of problem individuals and the spatio-temporal distribution of risk hotspots: Himanshu Chittanni, National Centrefor Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India