The Network for Conservation Central (NCCI) India brings together stakeholders from central India from diverse backgrounds- Scientists, managers, NGOs, conservationists, citizens, policymakers, educators, lawyers, the tourism sector, and many more with the aim of establishing a more direct method for communicating news and resources relevant to management and conservation in the Central Indian Landscape.

It aspires to be a network dedicated to maintaining the ‘Jugalbandi’ of people and nature in the central Indian landscape by linking knowledge with action.

Some of NCCI’s programmes and initiatives:

  • Last Mile Effectiveness: NCCI is currently evaluating pilot interventions by NGOs to increase millets production around Kanha National Park. The evaluation aims to provide evidence for assessing the interventions and enabling scale-up to other locations.
  • Connectivity Working Group (CWG): The CWG at NCCI furthers consensus on spatial analyses of tiger corridors in central India and creating outreach tools to get the information to stakeholders and decision makers.
  • Project Spotlights: NCCI’s project spotlights cover the latest science in central India that tackles conservation and development themes, member profiles, and field notes.
  • DBF Grants: Flagship small grants administered by the NCCI for the DeFriesBajpai Foundation – supporting research that aims to balance people and wildlife needs in central India.
  • Central Indian Landscape Symposium: Organised biennially, the Central Indian Landscape Symposium (CILS) provides a forum for researchers, managers, and those working in NGOs to think together about the future of the unique and iconic Central Indian landscape.

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