The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) India

The WCS-India mission combines research on wildlife with conservation practices and national capacity-building through constructive collaborations with governmental and non-governmental partners.

Combining extensive ecological surveys of wildlife that have yielded massive data, with conservation projects working to restore wildlife habitat, our work has helped consolidate wild spaces while also bringing hundreds of people into the mainstream to access a better quality of life. Our work has helped tiger recovery efforts in a big way. We have developed advanced statistical models for wildlife population assessments as also many wildlife study techniques that are now finding application globally.

The India program can be traced back to 1963, to the first-ever scientific study of wild tigers by Dr. George Schaller. Two decades later, WCS scientist Dr. Ullas Karanth initiated the first detailed ecological study of tigers in India employing radio telemetry at Nagarahole in Karnataka. This research project went on to become a successful country-wide effort to study and save India’s national animal.

Our Collaboration:

  1. To identify and initiate activities towards the conservation of marine biodiversity and important habitats
  2. Combine financial, technical and logistic resources to conserve and manage marine biodiversity in India
  3. support training, education and awareness programs wherever relevant, towards a focused approach to marine conservation

Goa Forest Department

Forests of Goa form a part of the Western Ghats, the region which has been internationally recognized as a Biodiversity Hotspot of the world owing to its rich flora and fauna.

The Forest Department is dedicated towards maintaining the stability, equilibrium and the ecological balance of the environment in this region.

Our Collaboration:

Our knowledge partners in the coral transplantation project, the Principal Conservator as well as all the other staff have been most supportive in granting us permits to handle corals and transplant them. Starting with a one year permit, they see the long term value of the project and have extended the same until Dec 2023. We are very hopeful of their similar support in our future project for creation of the Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in Goa.


MAHE is involved in providing education that covers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral Degrees in various disciplines.

They offer programs to students from over 51 countries worldwide in the areas of Medicine, Dental Pharmacy, Nursing, Allied Health, Engineering, Management, Communication, Information Sciences, Biotechnology and Hotel Management. They are also involved in activities of research in various Technical, Medical and Pharmaceutical areas.

Our Collaboration:

Coastal Impact has proudly signed an MOU with MAHE, through their subsidiary —Centre for Wilderness Medicine, KMC, to collaborate in training and marine research.