The basic conservation rule is that “if people are not made to understand the reason why they should conserve, they may not see the need to do so”. The unit believe that although some people damage wildlife out of greed and are fully aware of the consequences, others do so from ignorance and/or are compelled by social and economic inequities and the need to meet their basic needs. As a unit, our objective is to enhance and promote wildlife and environmental education programmes among young people and the general public on ways to sustainably utilize wildlife, the environment and ecosystem services that they provide. We engage the young ones through excursions to national reserves, tree-planting and clean-up exercises, bird-watching activities, and competitions. These activities are geared towards inculcating the interest of young people on the need for conservation. We also engage the media & general public through radio discussions, online and newspaper publications on environmental issues. Some internationally celebrated activities we have engaged in recently are the World Migratory Bird Day, World Environment Day, and International Vulture Awareness Day. Currently the unit has the following programs running:
Projects at the community level are implemented in partnership with the local authorities and efforts are made at making local communities benefit directly from their natural resources. Simple benefit schemes are developed together with the local people.