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Prasad Fondation


The goal of the project is to support the conservation of habitats in the outskirts of the Tungareshwar sanctuary and by extension the national park Sangay Gandhi and the associated biological corridor.

As such, the project aims to protect an area rich in biodiversity that is home to 50,000 insect species, 172 butterfly species and 150 local birds species, and in particular to improve the conservation the rusty-spotted cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus), a little known wild species that is classified as vulnerable by IUCN and is listed in CITES Appendix I.

Major issues


The conversion of land peripheral to the Sanctuary into agricultural production land and the uncontrolled clay exploitation for brick-making for the megacity of Mumbai are the two main factors contributing to progressive disappearance of biodiversity in the region.

As Mumbai expands, the balance of the local ecosystem is gradually lost. The living conditions of the surrounding poor communities deteriorate due to increasing pollution combined with the depletion of natural resources on which they rely.

The reduction of plant diversity affect how the entire ecosystem works, reducing the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide absorption capacity and accentuating the effects of climate change both in urban and rural areas.



The project and the prospects for change


To achieve a certain level of prosperity inthe Maharashtra region, it is important to strike a balance between urban, industrial, rural and forest areas. It is possible to protect this cultural and natural treasure for the benefit of present and future generations. A formal proposal plans to include threatened areas in the development plan of Mumbai peripheral zone. This proposal is a great step to maintain important ecological links. 

The overall objective is to contribute to improving the income of local communities through organic agriculture and agroforestry, including the promotion of planting of trees with economic value. The specific objectives are as follows:

  • Develop a watershed management program to ensure sustainable use of water resources;
  • Develop a tree planting program with trained farmers and women's groups;
  • Support farmers to adopt organic and sustainable production techniques;
  • Identify and promote promising alternative crops such as cultivation of aromatic plants;
  • Incorporate environmental education programs in schools and village communities.

The activities will reduce pressure on forests, contribute to the conservation of these threatened areas and will help local communities living around the sanctuary to improve their living conditions.


Committed partners


Since 2001, Prasad Chikitsa has been implementing community development programs in the Tansa Valley, India. The NGO is particularly well integrated into the region thanks to the exemplary support provided through its health programs. Since 3 years, Prasad Chikitsa counts agricultural technicians among its team and is now in position to ensure the integration of crop diversification. The collaboration with community members is important as it allows  developing projects that meet their needs and effectively contribute to improving their quality of life.

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To learn more about this project and its 2016 key achievements, please click on this link.

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