Indian white-backed vultures declined rapidly in numbers between 1992 and 2007, and only scattered populations remain in India.
With support from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) through our investment in the Western Ghats Region, local NGO Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra (SNM) is implementing in situ conservation actions for the important vulture colonies in Maharashtra's Konkan Region.
This includes undertaking an integrated communication campaign to promote non-toxic alternatives to veterinary drugs harmful to vultures, piloting an award program for "diclofenac-free villages," and systematizing a compensation mechanism for coconut grove owners who volunteer to protect vulture nests, with a link to private companies and individuals for long-term sponsorship.
Read more about SNM's recent activities to increase the amount of compensation for coconut grove owners.
Established in 2000, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a global leader in enabling civil society to participate in and influence the conservation of some of the world's most critical ecosystems. CEPF is a joint initiative of l'Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Conservation International, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Government of Japan, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the World Bank. CEPF is unique among funding mechanisms in that it focuses on high-priority biological areas rather than political boundaries and examines conservation threats on a landscape scale. From this perspective, CEPF seeks to identify and support a regional, rather than a national, approach to achieving conservation outcomes and engages a wide range of public and private institutions to address conservation needs through coordinated regional efforts.