India’s Vulture Safe Zone Teams build a strategic plan to save vultures
In November 2011, India’s network of local conservation organisations working in provisional Vultures Safe Zones met to share their experiences fighting for vultures and to strategically plan their future conservation efforts.
Eight groups from across India attended the meeting held in Kalka; each having taken up the mantel to conserve wild populations of Critically Endangered Gyps vultures in their local areas. These Vulture Safe Zone (VSZ) Teams focus their conservation efforts on raising awareness of the importance of vultures, the diclofenac problem and the meloxicam solution at the village, town, district and state levels. Their aim is bring about the cessation of diclofenac veterinary use in area radiating 100km in every direction from a central vulture colony. Once they have achieved this, their provisional VSZs will be converted to true VSZs, where the wild populations can thrive and captive populations can be released. It is a big job, but with support from BNHS and RSPB, VSZ Teams are already making significant progress.
During the meeting, each team shared what they found had and had not worked to progress vulture conservation in their provisional VSZs. This information was used to produce a strategic plan for best practice action for vulture conservation on the local level.
If you wish to take up the mantel for Critically Endangered Gyps Vultures in your local area please read the India Vulture Safe Zone planning and strategy workshop 2011 output.