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Plan overview of Native Jungle -- a conservancy that leads habitat-centric conservation programs in the Western Ghats of India – a fragile & rapidly depleting global biodiversity hotspot that ...

Plan overview of Native Jungle -- a conservancy that leads habitat-centric conservation programs in the Western Ghats of India – a fragile & rapidly depleting global biodiversity hotspot that harbors rare and endemic wildlife

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Native Jungle March 2009 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Plan overview July 2008
  • 2. What is Native Jungle?
    • Native Jungle is a conservancy that leads habitat-centric conservation programs in the Western Ghats of India – a fragile & rapidly depleting global biodiversity hotspot that harbors rare and endemic wildlife
    • Native Jungle will strive to achieve the following results:
      • Increase the habitat in these fragile pockets by acquiring or influencing private lands adjacent to PAs
      • Measurably restore biodiversity in these areas
      • Establish wildlife corridors for some key / flagship species like Elephant, Tiger, Great Hornbills, Nilgiri & Lion-tailed monkeys, etc. by “patching-up” fragments
  • 3. Native Jungle priorities
    • Identify corridors of private lands selected strategically for long-term conservation potential (typically plantations adjoining PAs)
    • Acquire these corridors, and/or, in non-owned land, create a “NativeJungle Fellowship” that links partner plantations / private lands for conservation
    • Restore biodiversity (in both owned and non-owned areas) in a scientific manner:
      • Native species restoration, wildlife corridor planning & biodiversity management
      • Patrol land to prevent poaching, fires, encroachment & invasives
    • If lands continue agriculture & sustain livelihoods, lead conservation friendly practices like:
      • Conservation agriculture (Coffee, tea, spices) including certification, market place creation
      • Sustainable ecotourism – promote education and responsible visitor behavior
    • Leverage the value of ecosystem services for biodiversity conservation
      • Carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, land/water/air purification, cultural, recreational & aesthetic values, etc.
  • 4. Native Jungle OGSM
    • Protect (acquire / influence) a 100 km ² area in 10-years
    • Target 3500 acres in 3-years in a specific high-impact location
    • Be a key change agent for large-scale private habitat conservation in India
    Goals (what do we want to achieve in specific numbers?) Objectives (what do we want to be?)
    • Acquire 500-acres in year 1 through friends & family
    • Identify strategic corridors high on conservation value and create guidelines / roadmap for conservation
    • Finalize road map for acquisition (10-year plan)
    • Influence 500-acres in year 1 (like Plenty Valley, Shakthi, etc.)
    • Acquire:
    • Leverage friends & family network to kick-off initial land acquisition
    • Formal conservancy created to raise public funding for further acquisition / influence projects
    • Influence:
    • Influence key stakeholders on conservation practices in plantations (non-owned land)
    • Connect with top corporate plantations in India (Tata, Birla, Parry, etc.)
    • Go to key corporates / industry bodies in India / US and drive active participation from the business community
    Measures (in 08/09) (how will we review progress on a continuous basis?) Strategies & plans ( how will we achieve them?)
  • 5. Native Jungle OGSM
    • Formalize strategic partnership with NCF for restoration – nurseries set-up in year 1
    • Create biodiversity inventory & monitoring mechanisms
    • Restore:
    • Scientifically restore biodiversity in these plantations
    • Monitor wildlife populations periodically
    • Finalize partnership with RA and/or other certifying body
    • Certify Altaghat coffee (‘Laughing Thrush’ blend)
    • Pilot responsible and low-impact ecotourism
    • Pilot India for Natural Capital project
    • Sustain:
    • Conservation coffee for premium coffee prices (?) – RA to certify – niche blends from niche valleys
    • Link with coffee buyers (Caribou, Whole Foods, RA, Coffee Day, etc.)
    • Explore sustainable ecotourism model for viewing highly endemic wildlife
    • Explore creation of innovative financial instruments (‘Biodiversity economics’) like biodiversity offsets, carbon finance, etc. with World Bank, CCX and other markets
    Measures (in 08/09) (how will we review progress on a continuous basis?) Strategies & plans (how will we achieve them?)
  • 6. Core team
    • The Native Jungle team has diverse and deep experience in conservation, business & entrepreneurship, financial markets, scientific research, ecotourism, rainforest restoration, wildlife filmmaking and real estate
    • The team is ultimately united by its passion for wildlife and wilderness and is committed to finding innovative models to make conservation succeed in India
  • 7. Native Jungle benefits to society & business
    • Environmental and social benefits
      • Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD)
      • Preserved / restored habitats provide a powerful brake on climate change / global warming
      • Biodiversity conservation of habitat & endangered species via protection / restoration
      • Engaging and nurturing native cultures
        • Meaningful and sustainable community livelihoods linked with biodiversity conservation
    • Business benefits
      • Carbon offsets
      • Biodiversity offsets
      • Conservation coffee / spices
      • Sustainable ecotourism with spectacular experiences with native wildlife and cultures targeting global travelers
      • Value of ecosystem services?
  • 8. Thank you!