N K Vasu
N. K. Vasu leads the Great Indian Bustard program that was initiated earlier this year. He is an acclaimed forester who retired from the Indian Forest Service (IFS) as part of the 1985 batch of officers. His illustrious career includes notable positions as the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) and Head of Forest Force, Assam till his retirement in 2018. Formerly, he served as the Director of Rain Forest Research Institute (Jorhat) and Arid Forest Research Institute (Jodhpur), and as Scientist-F at Wildlife Institute of India (Dehradun). During his tenure as Chief Conservator of Forests and Director of Kaziranga National Park from 2012 to 2014, he was instrumental in preparing and implementing Management Plans for the Kaziranga World Heritage Site. Further, his approach to park management based on collaborative work between local NGOs and the Forest Department led to vibrant habitat conservation and wildlife population recoveries in Kaziranga. As a native of Rajasthan, he has deep cultural connections with the local communities of the Thar landscape, and has extensive field knowledge of the region, which is the primary habitat of Great Indian Bustards. His vital support for WCS-India will drive community-led in situ conservation of bustards.
Anil Kumar works as Project Associate in WCS-India’s Great Indian Bustard project. He finished his Masters in sustainable development from Nagaland Open University and has been working in the field of conservation from last 25 years. His interest lies in working with communities for active participation in conservation of species and habitat. He has worked on Sarus Crane, Great Indian Bustard, Vultures, Sociable Lapwing, Lesser Florican, Gangetic Dolphins, Gharial, besides several other wetland bird species. He last worked with Wildlife Trust of India and has been involved in maintaining the connectivity between Tiger reserves in eastern Vidarbha of Maharashtra with communities, providing alternative solutions to reduce dependence and biodiversity conservation.
Rohit Kumar Badodia
Rohit holds a M.Phil degree in Zoology from the Department of Zoology, University of Delhi, and a Master's degree in Biodiversity and Conservation from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi. Since, his master's time, he is very much interested to work on birds study, and for that, he did his M.Sc dissertation on Great Indian Bustard bird and during his M.Phil study, he worked on cattle egrets. After his M.Phil study, he immediately joined Tilpath Valley Biodiversity Park, Delhi to know more about the ecological restoration work and to gain experience of working in the wildlife conservation field. He is also a serious bird watcher and usually does solo birding so that he could observe and study the bird's behavior/activity. In 2019, he has sighted the "Sharp-tailed Sandpiper" bird in India after a gap of 137 years and this is only the record second sighting from India. He also mingles with the locals very easily and has a very good trust-building capacity.
Uzma is a Sociologist in the GIB project, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Uzma is Master’s in Natural Resources and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), Hyderabad with a specialisation in System Dynamics Modelling and GIS. Being a geographer and natural resource practitioner Uzma, has worked on varied thematic areas such as Climate Change and Agriculture, IFRI Framework, National Mission on Clean Ganga and various socio-economic studies engaging with indigenous communities in different parts of India. Uzma’s primary interest is in deriving a coexistence between conservation and development, mapping of ecosystem services and striking a trade-off between natural resource depletion and community-based conservation.