WCT believes that ecology is the bedrock of the economy. We use large qualitative and quantitative datasets for a nuanced understanding of individual and institutional behaviour with respect to natural resource use. Frameworks of economics, psychology, sociology and anthropology with strong ecological foundations are used to gather insights into ground realities, which are then used to evolve evidence-based policy inputs, design conservation interventions, and assess the efficiencies of those interventions.

“Change in behaviour of people and impeccable governance are the imperatives for conservation of large landscapes. This will happen when data from grassroots is analysed to provide critical information to design, drive and measure conservation impact at all levels, be it policy or on-ground action.”
Rushikesh Chavan
Head, Conservation Behaviour


The Conservation Behaviour division is involved in the following:

  • Identifying factors driving forest resource extraction and firewood usage in the Greater Tadoba Landscape
  • Understanding income sources of villages situated in close proximity to forest blocks
  • Identifying motivation influencers for frontline forest guards in the tiger reserves
  • Evaluating and comparing existing policies and practices and suggesting optimal policy to aid conservation
  • Carrying out Cost Benefit and Cost Effectiveness analyses of developmental projects located in ecologically-sensitive areas.