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Resolving Tribal-Wildlife Conflict in India

Raised toward our $15,000 Goal
76 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 06, at 09:00 AM CST
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Resolving Tribal-Wildlife Conflict in India


Who are we?

We are a diverse group of ten graduate students at the LBJ School of Public Affairs here at the University of Texas at Austin.


What are we doing?

We have been invited by the Wildlife Institute of India to conduct important global policy research aimed at integrating wildlife and forest conservation with traditional nomadic tribal livelihoods. 



Our work will focus on reconciling the need for continued, traditional livelihoods and the increasing priority for ensuring environmental conservation in sensitive wildlife habitats. Our team is committed to advancing equitable, inclusive, and innovative processes and will work on the ground specifically with the nomadic Van Gujjar tribe, local NGOs, and state and federal governmental agencies. In a world of increasing populations and the effects of climate change, we hope our work can become a model for other developing nations and communities to adapt and manage complex interactions between people and the environment. 



Why we need you!


We're raising $15,000 which will cover all of our travel expenses in order for us to conduct research on the ground in northern India for two weeks.


This policy research project offered through the LBJ School of Public Affairs serves as a practical testing ground for graduate students and future leaders. Through this project, we are able to apply our skills in a real-world setting with deliverable results to our clients. This project allows us to take the policy knowledge we have learned in the classroom out into the field to make a global impact within an area in need. Students must find innovative ways to fund their policy research projects abroad and the majority rely on crowdfunding.



Every contribution gets us a step further in sending our team to India. Every donation, no matter how much, is greatly appreciated!


Will you please chip in today? Thank you and Hook 'em!


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Buffalo Milk

When the Van Gujjar tribe need money, they sell their buffalo milk for about 20 Rupees a liter.


Monthly Wage

75 percent of the rural population, or 133.5 million families, earn less than Rs.5,000 per month which equates to just $67 USD.


Travel Visa

Fund one member's travel visa.


Nanda Devi Mountain

Nanda Devi is the highest mountain in Uttarakhand at 25,647 feet


Food and Lodging

Fund one members food and lodging for the two week trip!


Plane Ticket

Fund one round-trip plane ticket to New Delhi and back for a research team member!


Full Fund

The amount it will take to fully fund one student’s trip!

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