|IndFauna, Electronic Catalogue of Known Indian Fauna|
IndFauna is an online baseline data platform of all Indian faunal resources at a single click of a mouse. Using multi-lingual engine this data can be accessed in six Indian languages viz. Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telgu, and Punjabi thus ensuring dissemination of knowledge in languages that people understand the best and covering nearly ¾ of the country.
Getting access to information and knowledge about India’s nearly 90000 species of animals in one single platform is a daunting task indeed. Until recently data about these were distributed with various R&D, academic, survey agencies, institutions and individuals such as taxonomists and ecologists. The electronic catalogue – IndFauna, of known Indian fauna has been conceived to address this search as a web accessible database collating and disseminating baseline data about over 90000 known Indian faunal species. The Database developed using Oracle 9i has 10 inter-related tables, which collate data on scientific names, synonyms, common names, and occurrence details, and so on.
ORGANISATIONNational Chemical Laboratory, Pune
CONTACTVishwas Chavan, 020-25902484
TECHNOLOGY/MEDIUMOnline / Web Portal
LANGUAGE English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
The Aaranyak website launched to inform the wider community about the nature of work Aaranyak has been taking up and also offer information services on various aspects of conservation of biodiversity. Among the basic objectives, the site aims to curtail and eliminate wildlife trade in the region, to explore and access the legal and judiciary provisions for protection of biodiversity, to compliment and support the Government agencies working for protection of the rich biodiversity of the North East India.
Conserving and protecting the rich but scarce biodiversity of North East India is a challenging task indeed. The need to conserve the same has been stressed by the Government of India on many occasions. Taking a timely step on this front, Aaranyak, a society for biodiversity conservation working in the north east India since 1989, has been involved in the research, education and policy frame work in the field of environment and forests. Since its inception Aaranyak has been working relentlessly towards the conservation of rich biodiversity within the region through its multifarious interventions including awareness campaign. Aaranyak is one of the most active science and environment based NGO in the region and has been influencing the policymaking procedure through its presence in various platforms like the Steering committee for formulation of New Assam forest Policy and State Board of Wildlife, Assam.
CONTACTBibhab Kr Talukdar 0361-2228418
The CLEAN-India programme is a nationwide programme on environmental assessment, awareness, action and advocacy involving school students and communities. Its vision is to develop cleaner environments for towns and cities and aims at fulfilling the mission of sustainable development by addressing environmental, social and economic goals.
With around 300 million people living in 500 major towns and cities in India the country is facing vital challenges in its ability to cope with the negative impacts of rapid urbanization. Taking a suo-motto step, Development Alternatives, New Delhi had embarked upon the Community Led Environment Action Network – CLEAN-India Programme to address urban environment problems. With a core network of 28 NGOs, 300 schools, 800 teachers, 60,000 trainer students and 1.25 million other students; and several other citizens groups and individuals the programme so far has mobilized an extensive network of environmentally conscious citizens assuming responsibility and evolving solutions to various environmental problems.
CONTACTUsha Srinivasan, 011-26898264
|Biodiesel-a green alternative|
The interactive multimedia elaborates on the socio-commercial, economical and technical aspects of Bio diesel. It covers topics like basic concepts, plant cultivation management, economics of bio-diesel cultivation, low and medium scale bio-diesel production, processing and governmental information. The product is expected to be an extremely useful multimedia guide for the farmers, entrepreneurs, scientists as a self-learning guide to the farmers who are willing to look at it from alternative point of view.
Bio Diesel has emerged as one of the alternative fuel for the future to save societies from the catastrophe in case traditional fuel sources are exhausted. The project ‘Bio Diesel – A green alternative’ is a timely intervention with its interactive multimedia content that is excellently presented and described with the help of text information, demonstration video clips, animations, relevant photographs, sketches, and narration in Marathi. The Contents of this guide includes introduction to Biodiesel, use of Biodiesel, crops suitable for Biodiesel, India and biodiesel, Govenment Schemes and other useful Information.
CONTACTSanjay Borkar 020-24214373