SGNP (Sanjay Gandhi National Park) is a 104 sq km National Park in the Heart of one of the most busiest and populated cities of the world, Mumbai (Maharashtra, India), a very unique geographical setup. The park acts as the lungs for the polluted Mumbai besides supplying water to the city from its lakes. The park boasts of presence of a very good wildlife consisting of birds and animals including 24 leopards within the busy city !
Leopard sighting and Man-Animal Conflicts are a very common phenomenon, especially in 2012 when Leopard attacks led to 7 deaths in just 6 months.. With the increased population, encroachment and reduced forest cover, we believe that removal of encroachers is a long drawn task and interfering with the wildlife and its habitat is against the nature.Â Hence, Co-Existence was the only option – as what Team Empower discovered and implemented in a unique way, by creating and conducting Co-existence workshops across the sensitive areas !
- The NGO has been instrumental in designing Co-Existence Strategies and conducting workshops from BMC / MCGM (Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai), Filmcity (Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari), Reliance Mediaworks, Aarey Colony (Padas and Cowsheds), Mulund-Bhandup region and Thane areas of the park,
- The foundation has been instrumental in identifying Leopard movement and habitats and setting up “Beware of Leopard signages”Â and also setting up “Dos and Donts” signages to change people’s life style to co-exist with Leopards safely.
The first of its kind initiative and workshop campaigns were covered by leading media like The Times of India, Mumbai Mirror, DNA, Outlook, Global post USA etc