An Ecological Restoration Initiative at Panshet Dam in Pune

Wildlife & Ecosystems

An Ecological Restoration Initiative at Panshet Dam in Pune

Join this project to help rebuild the natural plant and animal communities around Panshet Dam.

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Why the research is important

Why the research is important

These researchers work together with local communities to develop conservation strategies that work for them.

Biodiversity conservation is inextricably linked to the protection of habitats and availability of food.

Many species of plants and animals can adapt to human disturbances, but some require specialized habitats. As we lose these specialized habitats, we lose the species that rely on them.


Help us restore the original vegetation at the Panshet Dam on the Ambi River.

Restoring this site involves many strategies. Researchers have examined the history of the location and learned how the dam and other land uses have brought it to its current state. They’ve made an inventory of available resources to identify what will facilitate the restoration effort and what will impede it. They’ve looked at the water sources and uses in the area to understand how to restore the natural water cycle, and examined soil samples. They’re also looking toward the future—any restoration done needs to be sustainable to truly have an impact. As a volunteer on this project, you’ll get hands-on experience with many of these aspects of restoration.

About the research area

Pune , India, Asia

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The Scientists


Trustee, Ecological Solutions

ABOUT Shirish Kanitkar

Mr. Kanitkar left his lucrative 15-year corporate career in the software industry to join the conservation movement. For the past six years he has worked full time as a development professional, with the goal of promoting understanding and conservation of our cultural and natural heritage. He also has initiated programs on natural resource management and sustainable development. In 2012, he cofounded Ecological Solutions, where he is now a trustee. He has also been an active member of the Pune Traffic and Transportation Forum, which advocates for eco-friendly and accessible transportation for everyone.


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