Tata Housing and WWF-India renew partnership for biodiversity conservation

Tata Housing and WWF-India renew partnership for biodiversity conservation
(L-R) Mr. Ravi Singh, Secretary General & CEO, WWF-India with Mr. Brotin Banerjee, CEO and MD, Tata Housing-min

New Delhi, 26th December 2016: Tata Housing and WWF-India today announced a renewal of their partnership to continue their joint efforts in biodiversity conservation in the north-eastern part of India. The announcement of this renewal is a result of the earlier three year successful partnership between both organizations in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Focussing on community-based conservation initiatives, the second phase of the project, based primarily in Sikkim, will capitalise on the achievements made over the last three years and support initiatives in red panda and snow leopard conservation, protection and participatory management of natural freshwater resources and sustainable livelihood opportunities for local communities.

The earlier partnership between Tata Housing and WWF-India (2013-2016),resulted in scientific assessment of red panda habitat, identification of areas for intensive studies on snow leopards in high altitude areas of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, involvement of Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh to address threats resulting from pilgrim visits to the Bhagajang Wetland Complex in Arunachal Pradesh and education initiatives across 130 schools on spring-shed conservation towards ensuring rural water security in the state of Sikkim.

The current partnership, building on the study of the estimate of the red panda range and assessment of its threats, conducted in the last phase, will now involve local communities in conservation of red panda and support field studies on snow leopards to determine the population status and density of the species in Sikkim, in partnership with the Government of Sikkim. The project will also work towards enabling local communities to use forest products for their livelihoods in a sustainable manner, under the existing legal provisions in the state of Sikkim.

With approximately 80% of Sikkim’s rural population depending on natural freshwater springs to meet their daily water needs, the current partnership will assist the state government agencies and local communities for ensuring rural water security in the state. In addition, the project will look at strengthening the capacity of local stakeholders on sustainable extraction of cordyceps- a high value bio-resource (also called Yarsagumbu/ caterpillar mushroom)as a means of livelihood.

Mr. Brotin Banerjee, CEO and Managing Director, Tata Housing said, “At Tata Housing, we feel it is important to maintain the ecological balance in the environment along with promoting sustainable green development.  Our partnership with WWF-India is an effort to conserve the amazing biodiversity of Sikkim by involving local communities in conservation initiatives and helping them co-exist in harmony with the nature. The proposed initiatives are in line with our efforts to safeguard and conserve the unique mountain wildlife and their habitats.”

Speaking on the necessity of community involvement in conservation, Mr. Ravi Singh, Secretary General & CEO, WWF-India said, “Local communities are at the core of all our biodiversity conservation programmes. In the past three years, the partnership between Tata Housing and WWF-India has contributed to species and habitat conservation work in Sikkim and Western Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalayas and Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir in the Western Himalayas. We have been able to further our research and on ground partnership with local stakeholders for conservation of red panda and snow leopard populations and habitats in these three states. We aim to strengthen partnerships with the Lachen Tourism Development Committee, the Lachen Dzumsa, the Himal Rakshaks in Sikkim and further our species conservation work, to leverage implementation of effective conservation action on ground through the renewed partnership.”

About WWF- India:

WWF-India is one of the largest conservation organizations engaged in wildlife and nature conservation in the country. It has an experience of over four decades in the field and has made its presence felt through a sustained effort not only towards nature and wildlife conservation, but sensitizing people by creating awareness through capacity building and enviro-legal activism. The mission of WWF-India is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

It is a part of WWF International, which is one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries.  WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

About Tata Housing Development Company:

Established in 1984, Tata Housing is a closely held public limited company and a subsidiary of TATA Sons Limited. TATA Sons Limited holds 99.86% of equity share capital of the company. Since its revival in 2006, the company has grown exponentially establishing itself as the fastest growing real estate developers in India, with 70 million sq.ft under various stages of planning and execution and an additional 19 million sq.ft in the pipeline. Tata Housing has stood out in the industry with quality construction, ethical and transparent business practices, rapidly acquiring an image as a Quality Conscious and Reliable Developer.

Today, Tata Housing is developing large townships and differentiated theme based projects in major and mini metros. As a comprehensive real estate developer of choice, Tata Housing straddles across all consumer segments from value to luxury housing, by offering products ranging from Rs. 12 lakhs to Rs. 14 crores. All projects developed by Tata Housing are certified sustainable green developments, designed by top internationally renowned architects.

With strength of over 800employees, and presence in Mumbai, Lonavala, Talegaon, Pune, Ahmedabad Goa, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata and Bhubaneswar; the company is now in the process of expanding its footprints to other parts of India across tier I and II cities. The company has also ventured into foreign markets such as Maldives and Srilankais actively exploring other markets including African nations.

Tata Housing has been receiving various industry recognitions and accolades, both on domestic and international platforms. For additional information, visit: www.tatahousing.in