Brief Profile: Contributing in the conservation of biodiversity, wetlands conservation, Community based River Restorations, Education and awareness etc.
Affiliation: Working as a Environmental Specialist-Ganga at State Mission for Clean Ganga-Uttar Pradesh under the Urban Development Department, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh.
List of Publications:
In Refereed Journals:
1. Meena, H., Nama, K., Taigor, S.R. and Chaudhary, K. 2017. Comparative population status of Gavialis gangeticus in S.E., part of NCS, Rajasthan. Int. J. Inov. Res. Adv. Studies (IJIRAS). Vol.4 Issue 4. April.2017. pp-354-357.
2. Taigor, S. R. and R. J. Rao. 2014. Assessment of potential suitable habitats stretch of fresh water Crocodile, Gharial Gavialis gangeticus (Gmelin 1789) in the Chambal River, Madhya Pradesh, India: Int. J. Env. Sc Vol 4 No.4 Pp 544-550. (IC Values=4.69)
3. S. R. Taigor and R. J. Rao.2010. Habitat features of aquatic animals in the National Chambal Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh, India. Asian J. Exp. Biol. Sci., Vol. 1(2) 2010:409-414.
4. Taigor, S.R. and R.J. Rao. 2010. Anthropogenic threats in the National Chambal Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh, India, Tiger Paper, Vol. 37 : No. 1 Jan.-March 2010. 23-27.
5. S. R. Taigor. 2010. Sighting of Eurasian griffon, Gyps fulvus and conservation of Vultures in North Madhya Pradesh, India Int. J. Biodvers. Conserv.Vol. 2 (2), pp. 026–029. February 2010
6. Faiyaz A. Khudsar, R. J. Rao, Sitaram Taigor and Koustubh Sharma. 2009. Diversity of lower vertebrates in Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh, proposed second home for Asiatic lions. Tiger paper, Vol.36 No. (4), Nov. Dec.2009. 23-26.
7. Taigor, S.R. and R.J. Rao. 2008. Sand mining practices on the Chambal river banks and their impact on the aquatic animal biodiversity. Journal of Env. Res. Dev. Vol. 2 No. 4.p-644-650(Impact factor 4.301)
In Non-refereed Journal
1. Borah, J.,S. Shah, J Vattakaven,Sitaram Taigor and R. Singh.2015. Connecting Wildlife Corridors. Economic and Political Weekly. http://www.epw.in/reports-states/connecting-wildlife-corridors.html
2. Sitaram Taigor. 2013. Wildlife week 1-7 October, 2013 celebration, report submitted from Chambal Conservation Initiative, Madhya Pradesh published in ZOO’s PRINT, Volume XXVIII, Number 1, January 2013
3. S. R. Taigor. 2011. World Environment Day-2011 celebration, report submitted from Chambal Conservation Initiative, Madhya Pradesh published in ZOO’s PRINT, Volume XXVI, Number 7, July 2011.
4. Sitaram Taigor.2010. Pachnada Ka Mahatva. Global Green (Hindi): Feb.
5. Sitaram Taigor. 2009. Wildlife Week of Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary, M.P. Report of PEACE Institute Charitable Trust, Delhi published in ZOOS’ PRINT, Volume XXIV, Number 3, March 2009, (RNI 10:6).
6. Sitaram Taigor.2009. Gharial Conservation. Global Green (Hindi): Vol. (2):1. Pp 52.
7. Sitaram Taigor.2009. Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary: Global Green (Hindi): Vol. (2)4-5.
– Conducted study in Kosi head-water zone (Kausani, Almora) for preparing ‘Area Specific People Centered Micro-plans of Ten Villages in the Upper Catchment of the Kosi River for Society for Promotion of Wasteland Development, New Delhi. (2013-14)
– Contributed in Formulation of ‘Delhi Declaration – Let Our Rivers Live’, during ‘India Rivers Week’ 2014.
– Contributed in Formulation of ‘State of India’s Rivers’ and discussions on Red and Blue List of India’s Rivers during ‘India Rivers Week’ 2016.
– Prepared ‘Conservation Plan of Lake Udaisagar (which is part of Catchment of River Berach – Gambhiri – west Banas – Chambal), for the Wildlife Division, Dept. of Forest, Udaipur.(2016)
– Prepared Baseline Data (Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology and Avian Habitat) Udaisagar wetland (which is part of Catchment of River Berach – Gambhiri – west Banas – Chambal), for the Wildlife Division, Dept. of Forest, Udaipur.(2016)
– Explored catchment and flow areas of River Zuari and Mandovi (Goa) during 2016-18
– Explored Tributaries of river Mahanadi in Odisha (in Jharsuguda area) regarding photographic documentation of industrial pollution.
– Have been active in N-E Rajasthan (Jhunjhunu) in the catchment and flow area of River ‘Katali’
– Resident in Udaipur along the River Ahad (site of ~ 4000 yr old Ahad civilisation) since 1993.
– Native of river Chambal area (Dholpur, Rajasthan)
– Have observed various river basins across the country during professional field visits.
List of Publications:
– ‘Area Specific People Centered Micro-plans of Ten Villages in the Upper Catchment of the Kosi River (An Effort for Revival of Kosi River in Northern Kumaon Region, Uttarakhand, with Sensitization and Capacity Building of People through Participatory Process at Grass Root Level)’, for Society for Promotion of Wasteland Development, New Delhi.(2014)
– Conservation Plan of Lake Udaisagar along with Socio-Economic Survey (Wetland Conservation Udaisagar), prepared for the Wildlife Division, Dept. of Forest, Udaipur.(2016)
– Baseline Data (Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology and Avian Habitat), Wetland Conservation Udaisagar, prepared for the Wildlife Division, Dept. of Forest, Udaipur.(2016)
Keeping in view, urgency of enlightening the community and making efforts at the grassroot level in order to meet the growing need of water demand, Raman Kant initiated his work towards water conservation in the year 2004. As such, he formed NEER Foundation with an objective of creating awareness on various issues related to water involving the community in finding various solutions for sustainable future. With a contribution of about 120 articles published in the hindi national dailies, magazines etc., Raman Kant has a wide range of experience with a deep understanding of various issues concerning water across the country.
As the Founder Director of NEER Foundation it is the belief of Raman Kant that environment problems can only be addressed adequately if local people are involved in decision making at all levels and have control over resources. Lead by him, NEER Foundation acts as an independent, not-for-profit making voluntary organisation working towards environment protection and managementp by means of water conservation and rural development. NEER Foundation is involved in research, campaigns, grassroot level practical work and advocacy on issues related to environment and human rights. As a public interest organisation, NEER Foundation has focused on strengthening of the community through their active participation to achieve sustainable development. NEER Foundation has the distinction of bringing out the first detailed census of natural water resources structupres entitled “Talabo ki Stithi”. The 35 pages study report has earned wide appreciation by the National and international organisations like CEEW and others. As such, it will be highly beneficial for the country. NEER Foundation has also constructed a number of natural water resources structures like ponds (tanks), JOHADs and wells in the villages in Meerut district with active participation of community. The unique work for water conservation undertaken by the community by offering shramdaan (manual labour) has earned national popularity. The organisation for the first time since independence gave a call to the community to clean the 5000 years old historical Gandhari Talaab in Parikshatgarh, some 20 kilometres from Meerut. It was at the behest of Raman Kant that the Students came forward to offer shramdaan alongwith the farming community and traders of Parikshatgarh so as to clean the pond by de-silting it.
Raman Kant also has the distinction of establishing the country’s first Rural Rain Centre in village Poothi at Meerut with the active support of the local leaders. The Rural Rain Centre is a water literacy spreading centre with an exhibition which portrays basic issues concerning water with the support of colorful panels. It also has a small library with books, cassettes, CDs and video films on water. School children, farmers, engineers and various civil society groups pay visit to the Rural Rain Centre regularly. The Rural Rain Centre has a live model of Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting so that the community gets sensitised on the important issue of water conservation. The Rural Rain Centre has been visited by the former Union Minister and Member of Planning Commission Mr. Sompal Shastri, Peasants’ leader Ch. Rakesh Tikait and many scientists. Meerut Development Authority (MDA), UP Avas evam Vikas Parishad, Minor Irrigation Department, Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), State Ground Water Board (SGWB) of UP, UP Jal Nigam and other departments have been sending their engineers to visit the Rural Rain Centre which is the first of its kind in Northern India. Raman Kant and his associates have taken the torch of water conservation to more than one lakh people in the urban and rural areas of western U.P. It is just because of his efforts that the district plan of Meerut enhanced their water conservation priority particularly in rural areas based on the census of NEER Foundation. According to Raman Kant ”I would like to see the day when people at least in my region have access to pure drinking water”. He further adds that “We would strive to bring back the lost image of water scarce and contaminated drinking water region to water sufficient and pure drinking water area”.
Affiliation: Raman Kant (NEER Foundation)
My current research explores the interaction of the cultural-religious, the political-economic and the ecological dimensions of the Godavari River in Nashik city in Maharashtra. Broadly, investigating how the multiple perspectives of a natural resource overlap, contradict, challenge and support each other, thus shaping the urban landscape and producing socio-spatial inequalities.
Apart from this, associated with the ‘Reconnecting with Godavari’ which is a public forum working towards increasing public participation within the riverscape governance.
List of Publications:
Dahake, S. 2018. Taming Godavari River: Navigating through Religious, Developmental and Environmental Narratives. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/wat2.1297
Dahake, S. 2018. Epidemic of Urban Floods: Politics, Development and Ecology. Economic and Political Weekly, 53:7, pp 23-26. http://www.epw.in/journal/2018/7/commentary/epidemic-urban-floods.html?0=ip_login_no_cache%3Dbfa0834c6d94b7d1de277843bc43be77
Dahake, S. 2017. Godavari: Worshiped, Destroyed & Forgotten River of Nashik. Blog post on South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People. https://sandrp.in/2017/12/24/godavari-worshiped-destroyed-forgotten-river-of-nashik/
Dahake, S. 2016. Nashik: From Kumbh city to Smart city. Featured on web portal of AHRC and ICHR funded Utopian Cities Project. https://utopiancities.wordpress.com/cities-2/nashik/
Affiliation: Doctoral Candidate, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IISER Mohali and public forum of ‘Reconnecting with Godavari’ in Nashik