Protect the habitat of the Great Indian Bustard, locally known as Ghorad, in Kutch
  • Petitioning Smt. Anandiben Patel

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Hon'ble Chief Minister of Gujarat
Smt. Anandiben Patel

Protect the habitat of the Great Indian Bustard, locally known as Ghorad, in Kutch

    1. Kedar  Gore
    2. Petition by

      Kedar Gore

      Mumbai, India

Less than 30 Great Indian Bustards survive in Kutch and this could be the last call to save them.  The Bustards are on the verge of extinction due to loss of habitat.  Sign the petition to ask Shri. Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat to immediately protect their habitat.

The semi arid grasslands of Kutch in Gujarat are one of the few abodes of the critically endangered Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps), also known as the Great Indian Bustard. Though Kutch has been known for its second highest breeding population for this species, severe pressures of habitat loss due to unplanned industrialisation and agricultural encroachment over the past few years has resulted with a drastic decline in the population of this majestic bird. The population estimates reveal an estimated population of less than 30 birds in Kutch out of the total 300 birds surviving in the wild today. The Indian Bustard shares its habitat with other species of the bustard family – MacQueen’s Bustard (Chlamydotis macqueeni) and Lesser Florican (Spheotides indica), both vulnerable and endangered respectively as per the IUCN Red List.

All these 30-odd Indian Bustards survive in the Abdasa taluka of Kutch district. India has declared 13 sanctuaries for the protection of this bird. One of these, the Kutch Bustard Sanctuary spread over a mere 2 sq km, is located near Lala village near Naliya in Abdasa taluka. However, a major breeding population of Indian Bustards thrives outside the protected area, in Abdasa taluka. The areas outside this notified Protected Area serve as the breeding, display and wintering areas of these birds. Apart from the reasons of habitat loss as mentioned above, constant threat from uncontrolled cattle grazing over its potential habitat  is taking these birds closer to extinction.  The Indian Bustard is included in Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act of India.

It is extremely essential to stop and remove the encroachment from the important areas for GIB. Industrial projects cannot be sanctioned on the land used by Indian Bustards. The Corbett Foundation appeals to the State Government of Gujarat and the Ministry of Environment of Forests, Government of India to take immediate action to protect the Indian Bustard habitat and save this species from extinction in Gujarat. All local and national NGOs, bird-watchers, naturalists, conservationists, scientists and the people of India and the world must come together and in unison make the plea to save Indian Bustards. This might be LAST call to save this magnificent species from Gujarat.

The Corbett Foundation

Recent signatures

    News

    1. A 4-min song video "Ghorad kare chhe yaad"

      Kedar  Gore
      Petition Organizer

      The Corbett Foundation has produced a 4-min video titled "Ghorad kare chhe yaad" (The Great Indian Bustard needs your support). The song has a catchy tune with simple lyrics and English subtitles. Do share it with your friends and contacts. Help us reach out to as many people in Gujarat as possible. Thanks a lot for your help.
      Click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzQ700zlyI4 to enjoy this song :)

      Save Great Indian Bustard Campaign

      The semi-arid grasslands of Kutch in Gujarat are one of the few abodes of the critically-endangered Great Indian Bustard. Habitat loss due to unplanned industrialisation and agricultural encroachment have resulted in a drastic decline in numbers. Today, less than 300 individuals remain, and this could be the last call to save them.

    2. BUSTARDS IN DECLINE: An article written in Sanctuary Asia, February 2014

      Kedar  Gore
      Petition Organizer

      BUSTARDS IN DECLINE: An article written in Sanctuary Asia, February 2014 issue by Kedar Gore and Devesh Gadhvi highlighting the status and conservation issues of the Great Indian Bustard in Kutch, Gujarat. Kutch Ecological Research Centre, a division of The Corbett Foundation, thanks Sanctuary Asia for this support and appeals to all Sanctuary Asia readers (and of course all others) who wish to support the conservation of Great Indian Bustards in Kutch, Gujarat.

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151889930496906&set=pcb.10151889936676906&type=1&theater

    3. The speech by Hon'ble Gujarat CM, Narendra Modi about Bustard conservation

      Kedar  Gore
      Petition Organizer

      THANK YOU Mr. Narendra Modi for your commitment to protect the Indian Bustards in Kutch. The Corbett Foundation is pleased to share the excerpts of your speech given on the 14th of August 2013 in Kutch with all the supporters of our Save Indian Bustard Campaign. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151624586556915.

      Original video source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iXsjzv6bvc

    4. Gujarat CM is committed to preserve the Great Indian Bustard in Kutch

      Kedar  Gore
      Petition Organizer

      The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, expressed the state's commitment to preserve the near-extinct bird Great Indian Bustard in Kutch. This is a very welcome news. The Corbett Foundation is hopeful that Mr. Modi would keep up this promise he has made to the people of Kutch and ensure a fresh lease of life to these magnificent birds in Gujarat.
      http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/flora-fauna/Committed-to-preserve-near-extinct-Great-Indian-Bustard-Modi/articleshow/21828077.cms

    5. Save Indian Bustards Campaign reaches Ahmedabad, Rajkot & Bhavnagar

      Kedar  Gore
      Petition Organizer

      To generate more support from the people of the State of Gujarat, The Corbett Foundation spread its 'Save Indian Bustards Campaign' to the cities of Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Bhavnagar. Several awareness programmes were organised in these cities on the occasion of World Environment Day. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151451157636906.1073741910.225163006905&type=1

    6. The Corbett Foundation's report on the status of Indian Bustards in Kutch

      Kedar  Gore
      Petition Organizer

      The Corbett Foundation, during the Wildlife Week in October 2012, released its report titled 'The Last Call to Save Indian Bustard in Kutch, Gujarat, India'. The report highlights the status, current challenges and threats to the Indian Bustard in Kutch. Please feel free to share this with those who you feel can support this cause and make a difference.

      Read the report online http://www.corbettfoundation.org/GIB_report_FINAL_Oct2012.pdf

    7. BUSTARDS IN KUTCH FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL - Sakaal Times

      Kedar  Gore
      Petition Organizer

      The 30-odd Great Indian Bustards surviving in the wild in Gujarat's Kutch region is perhaps facing the last big battle. If urgent attention is not given by the Ministry of Environment & Forests and the Government of Gujarat, this group may be extinct in near future...read more

    8. Who clipped the bustard’s wings? - Deccan Herald

      Kedar  Gore
      Petition Organizer

      The Indian Bustard is the third biggest flying bird in the world, but the quest to find it in the great vastness of India is ironically, the biggest challenge naturalists face nowadays. As its grassland home is mercilessly divided into bits and pieces of fragmented land, less than 300 of the species remain in India compared to more than thousands not very long ago. And a recent study points out that habitat destruction is just one of the many hurdles standing in the way of this critically endangered bird...

    9. Wake up Gujarat

      Kedar  Gore
      Petition Organizer

      Only 200 people from Gujarat have signed the petition from among the 4100+ signatures received from all over the country & world...if only more people from Gujarat pledge their support for the bird which will soon become extinct from their State if immediate conservation measures are not taken...wake up Gujarat people and voice your support...PLEASE.

    10. Reached 4,000 signatures
    11. News in Dainik Bhaskar...

      Kedar  Gore
      Petition Organizer

      Dainik Bhakskar, a leading Gujarati newspaper highlights the plight of Indian Bustards in Gujarat

    12. Poor response from people in Gujarat

      Kedar  Gore
      Petition Organizer

      Only around 160+ people from Gujarat (from out of 3700+ people from across Indian and the world) have signed this petition! More proactive response and support is expected from the people of Gujarat!!

    13. News in DNA, Ahmedabad edition...

      Kedar  Gore
      Petition Organizer

      Save Indian Bustards Campaign carried in DNA, Ahmedabad edition on Feb 16, 2012...Is Mr. Modi listening?

    14. Reached 3,000 signatures
    15. News in Maharashtra Times

      Kedar  Gore
      Petition Organizer

      Save Indian Bustards campaign covered in the leading Marathi newspaper Maharashtra Times, a publication of the Times of Indian group.

    16. Effect of this campaign in INdian Express

      Kedar  Gore
      Petition Organizer

      Save Indian Bustards Campaign of The Corbett Foundation has had its effect...let us all make sure that the Government of Gujarat takes this as its 'top priority' and takes the necessary action, SOON...

    17. Reached 2,500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Ram Mohan INDIA
      • 6 days ago

      raising voice so that people understand the importance of conserving the species and once the message is clear and conveyed conservation would be under progress

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    • Antony Garvey LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 15 days ago

      This is an iconic Indian species. Not easy to save but it's a challenge the nation must rise up to.

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    • Jim Prall CLEVELAND, UNITED STATES
      • 15 days ago

      Greatly enjoyed birding visit to India. Pls. Protect this iconic species' habitat!

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    • Tristan Reid WIGTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 15 days ago

      It is or responsibility to protect species from extinction. This is the legacy we leave for our children!

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      • 29 days ago

      Want to save them so that I can contribute my part of roll to being in social society

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