N. K. Vasu

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Mr. N. K. Vasu leads the Great Indian Bustard program that was initiated earlier this year. He is an acclaimed forester who retired from the Indian Forest Service (IFS) as part of the 1985 batch of officers. His illustrious career includes notable positions as the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) and Head of Forest Force, Assam till his retirement in 2018. Formerly, he served as the Director of Rain Forest Research Institute (Jorhat) and Arid Forest Research Institute (Jodhpur), and as Scientist-F at Wildlife Institute of India (Dehradun). During his tenure as Chief Conservator of Forests and Director of Kaziranga National Park from 2012 to 2014, he was instrumental in preparing and implementing Management Plans for the Kaziranga World Heritage Site. Further, his approach to park management based on collaborative work between local NGOs and the Forest Department led to vibrant habitat conservation and wildlife population recoveries in Kaziranga. As a native of Rajasthan, he has deep cultural connections with the local communities of the Thar landscape, and has extensive field knowledge of the region, which is the primary habitat of Great Indian Bustards. His vital support for WCS-India will drive community-led in situ conservation of bustards.

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