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Manoj Kulshreshtha
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Manoj Kulshreshtha's Profile

Manoj Kulshreshtha is qualified and trained  Plant Breeder and Geneticist and has worked as a scientist in Rajasthan Agriculture University for developing new crop varieties. His interest in wild life could not contain him there for a very long time to continue same kind of work. While watching birds he felt that more effort is needed to conserve them by studying the habitat in which they live and addressing problems to save the habitat. Ornithology and bird watching was evolving at that time and the study needed more field workers to collect scientific data and this seemed possible only by training and involving more people into Network which he did successfully.

 Since he worked with major conservation organizations of India like Bombay Natural History Society, Salim Ali Centre for Conservation of Natural history( SACON ) and many regional NGO’s for the Book Important Bird Areas priorities and conservation sites published by Oxford University Press  which included identification of important avian biodiversity areas in Rajasthan some recommendations were suggested for their candidature in this pioneer document.

 He worked as consultant  on Wetland survey of India carried out for SACON which was jointly funded by United Nations Development Project and Ministry of Environment and forest in which he surveyed 48 wetlands in Rajasthan for fishes, turtles, aquatic plants and birds along with assessment of threats and pollutants to these water bodies.


While doing all this he gathered that this is extremely important that school children should be given some Environmental Education training by taking them out in nature and giving experience of jungle would have a longer lasting impact on their minds and when they become responsible citizens they will take up environmental issues more sensitively .

 All this work  eventually led to a dream of a place where wild life is in plenty and gives opportunity to silently observe and record  nature in its best which later culminated in development of an Eco-lodge called WILD BROOK, at the edge of  Rajaji National Park, Uttaranchal . This further required to develop a course which has everything related to study the basics of nature and he named it ‘Jungle Craft’.

 Manoj co-ordinated Indian Bird conservation Network in Rajasthan for many years and also worked with roughly 300 schools in Thar desert to educate them for Save Bustard Campaign. He has published many scientific papers and has been contributor of reports submitted to Ministry of environment and forest, Govt.of India.

He also organized for four years , an environmental Education workshop every year with Jaipur Virasat Foundation for their Natural Heritage Conservation Programme in which 500 school children and 50 teachers participated each year.

 He  addressed issues of environmental conservation through the help of foreign as well as Indian conservation volunteers by running a Volunteer Programme. This is helping in creating awareness in sprawling city like Jaipur which has many conservation issues to address.

 These days he is working to biologically revive Lake Man Sagar in Jaipur as an Eco- restoration Consultant and the result is more than 64 species of resident birds are breeding in around the lake. The total number species of resident and migratory birds has reached up to 204 species recorded in all till April 2013. Some reptiles and mammal have also started inhabiting the lake

His objective is  to improve the aquatic eco-system of ‘Lake Man Sagar’ to introduce suitable fish species  ferried from nearby lakes and aquatic plants suiting to its health ,officially with ‘Project Jal Tarang’

 His recent assignment was also to  improve Delhi Cantonment Area ecologically by assisting in planting of right species of plants and also arranging for the designs of nest boxes, developing a nature trail. He is officially working to make bird walks and enhance the habitat to have more diversity in butterflies by planting their host species. To do this all he would involve residents and  family members of staff by way of field visits, regular presentations, slide shows and field walks.





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