Developing conservation capacity in India
The RSPB has worked with the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) in India since the early 1990s and started formal support in 1997.
- Strengthen the Bombay Natural History Society as a national environmental NGO.
- IBCN evolves as effective national conservation body with BNHS at its heart to monitor birds and manage IBAs.
- Help BNHS to effectively protect India's birds and their habitats.
- Help BNHS to save India's vultures and to ban diclofenac from veterinary use.
- Help BNHS to save Jerdons courser.
- Expand BNHS presence to a more national level and increase membership.
- Develop BNHS policy and advocacy capacity.
- Environmental education developed nationally through Conservation Education Centres.
- RSPB formal support from 1997.
- Establishment of the Indian Bird Conservation Network-IBCN (1997).
- Production of IBAs of India book (2004).
- Darwin Initiative project (£95,000) to strengthen IBCN to safeguard key sites (2005-08).
- BNHS 125-year anniversary (2008).
Species affected (not UK birds)
India supports more than 1200 bird species with 72 globally threatened and 42 endemic species. BNHS with RSPB funding are currently working on Gyps vultures and Jerdon’s courser.
- Bombay Natural History Society
- Indian Bird Conservation Network
- RSPB's core support is £65,000 a year and other donors include CEPF, Darwin, MacArthur Foundation.