Rajesh Panwar

DSC02785Rajesh is an agriculture graduate from India’s topmost agriculture university i.e. Pantnagar University. He has a vast experience of working with communities in various parts of Uttarakhand. He has been working in social sector since last 07 years. He is an expert of community mobilization and worked as master trainer of Bio-composting Techniques, Organic Farming, Pachayati Raj Institutions and Pre and Post Harvest Management of Horticultural Produce in Uttarakhand State. He coordinated various projects in different parts of Uttarakhand viz. Awareness Generation on Biology and Control of White Grubs, worked under Diversified Agriculture Support Project as Technical Supervisor.

P1070347He is passionate about nature photography and conservation of wildlife. He is extensively working in the field of community based tourism since last 03 years. He has been working in Jim Corbett’s own village- Chhoti Haldwani with a motive of creation of livelihood opportunities for the local community through eco-tourism initiatives and through this weans them away from forest based livelihood. He is heading a Non Government Organization, Corbett Gram Vikas Samiti (CGVS) based in Jim Corbett’s Village- Chhoti Haldwani.

P1070340Some of the initiatives of his organization are Income Generation Activities by the local villagers and marketing of their produce through a souvenir shop, Home Stays, Awareness Generation on Wildlife Conservation and Management of Jim Corbett Heritage Trail etc. He has developed a network of local villagers against poaching and other illegal activities in local forest area.

He has compiled a number of publications like a set of booklets and posters on White Grub Management, a set of five booklets on Self Help Groups, a set of 32 booklets and posters on various income generation activities and a documentary on Life Cycle of White Grub.

Rajesh is also the coordinator in Chhoti Haldwani regarding the Lantana furniture project and understand the whole process perfectly since he has already worked with women communities through his association.

To know more about Rajesh and his work, kindly visit his website on: www.corbettvillage.in

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