Photo left: Representatives of Arulagam (Mr M Lenin – centre left) and The Corbett Foundation (Mr Kedar Gore – centre right) – immediately after the announcement of SAVE Associate status. The announcement was made on behalf of SAVE by Mr Chris Bowden (right) together with Dr Vibhu Prakash (left).
Two Indian NGOs, Arulagam (Tamil Nadu) and The Corbett Foundation (their Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh initiatives), have been identified as carrying out particularly important vulture work that is directly in line with SAVE priorities, and within the Blueprint Recovery Objectives. They have been nominated for this new category of SAVE member organisation: ‘SAVE Associate’ and approved by the SAVE committees for a period of two years, with the objective to endorse their work and help support their vulture funding proposals. More details of this new category are available on request and will be posted on the website in the near future.
The Lucknow workshop was convened by BNHS and hosted by the Uttar Pradesh VSZ team with support and participation by senior officials of the State Forest Department, Animal Husbandry Division and the Drug Controller. Outputs from the meeting are being compiled into a report which will be posted on this website as soon as it is available, and will highlight innovative practices and the challenges and solutions that have been encountered with the establishment of Vulture Safe Zone initiatives. We hope these will further highlight good practice in VSZ work and encourage more such initiatives using the approach across South Asia.
At a highly successful Vulture Safe Zone (VSZ) review meeting, held in Lucknow with participants from ten different VSZ initiatives from India, Bangladesh and Nepal, the occasion was also taken to formally announce the first SAVE Associates.