Strengthening Conservation and Resilience of Globally-significant Wild Cat Landscapes in India

Jungle cat

Jungle Cats, found in India, can weigh up to 20 pounds

Wild cat populations in India are declining due to habitat loss and fragmentation, and due to poaching for wildlife trade and as human-wildlife conflict retaliation. As part of the Global Wildlife Program, this project aims to secure wild cat populations and habitats in priority landscapes of India. The project will work in and around Ranthambore National Park, Gir National Park, Manas Tiger Reserve, and Dadhwa National Park to engage government and communities in wild cat conservation, including: site based interventions (improvement of wild cat habitat and prey base) and front line staff capacity; landscape strategies and land use planning to improve landscape connectivity; site specific guidelines for wild cats; community capacity and incentives for wild cat protection; and investment in human wild cat conflict avoidance and mitigation.

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    Fishing Cat

  • Jungle cat

    Jungle Cat

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    Snow Leopard

Country: India
Focal area: Biodiversity
Project status: CEO Endorsed
GEF Project ID: 10235
Program: Global Wildlife Program II #10200
Implementing Agencies: WWF-US, UNDP
Executing Agency: Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
GEF Project Grant: $4,500,000
Agency Fee: $150,000 (UNDP)
Co-financing total: $ 55,826,733

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