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Making the World of Difference for Oxfordshire's wildlife

Last modified: 24 April 2012

Phragmites reed and other plants silhouetted, at the edge of a pool

Reedbeds ...

Image: Andy Hay

The RSPB in Oxfordshire is grateful for having been selected as one of the charities benefiting from the Vodaphone World of Difference Programme.

The World of Difference UK programme awards 500 people the opportunity to donate themselves to a UK charity of their choice and get paid for it.

Amruta Khatavkar was selected from over 5000 applications as one of the 500 winners for this year’s Vodafone World of Difference Programme; she is now lending her considerable expertise for two months full-time work to the RSPB.

Amruta said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be selected as one of the 500 winners. The Vodafone World of Difference programme has given me an excellent opportunity to make a difference for my charity, the RSPB.

“To top it off, the induction day gave me an opportunity to meet some fantastic, inspiring people including Simon Weston OBE, Lisa Potts and Gok Wan.

“I have been working with the RSPB for the last few months and it’s been an absolute pleasure. The whole RSPB team is extremely friendly and supportive.”

The main focus of Amruta’s Vodaphone placement with the RSPB is to look at the impacts of climate change on the Upper Thames River Valley Futurescape in Oxfordshire.

Futurescapes is the RSPB’s contribution to landscape-scale conservation for people and wildlife (see note 1). The Upper Thames River Valleys Futurescape covers the Upper Thames and its tributaries, including the Otmoor basin.

During her placement, Amruta will be advising the RSPB on how they can work with partners and landowners to help Oxfordshire’s wildlife adapt to the expected impacts of climate change like droughts and floods.

Amruta has studied at Bangor University (UK) and University of Copenhagen (Denmark) at post-graduate level. She has worked in the private and charity sector focusing mainly on environmental issues. She has previously worked on climate change issues affecting rural livelihoods in Tanzania.

Amruta will be writing about the progress of her project on her blog: http://worldofdifference.vodafone.co.uk/blogs/amruta-more-khatavkar/

Amruta said: “Working with the RSPB on this project, thanks to the Vodafone World of Difference programme, is like a dream come true.”

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