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Anil Kumar Bhardwaj, M.Sc, M.Phil, Ph.D
Senior Professional Fellow, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun (Former Principal CCF, Chief Wildlife Warden  and Head of Forest Force

Phone : 0135-2646331(O), 9412056376
anilbhardwaj@wii.gov.in and anilbhardwajus@yahoo.com

He obtained my Master’s and M.Phil degrees in Botany from Punjabi University, Patiala in 1982 and entered Indian Forest Service in 1985. He has 35 years of working experience in the field of forestry and wildlife conservation, both as a field practitioner and academic professional. Trained as wildlife professional and specialized in Participatory Management of Protected Areas (PAs), He managed a number of PAs in southern Western Ghats of Kerala. Periyar Tiger Reserve was my most satisfying tenure where we could initiate participatory management approaches and evolve the concept of Conservation Foundations for PAs. He has worked in Wildlife Institute of India (WII) for about 17 years in various capacities and headed Department of Ecodevelopment Planning and PA Network. He also implemented a number of research and training projects of the institute. In Kerala, He looked after a spectrum of responsibilities. This includes Wildlife Management, Human Resource Development, Forest Management Information System (FMIS) and Social Forestry. He also worked as the Chief Wildlife Warden of the state and superannuated as Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of Forest Force, Kerala in February 2018. After my superannuation, He is now working in the advisory capacity of a Senior Professional Fellow in WII. My major areas of interest are park-people interface, community livelihoods and biodiversity conservation, ecotourism and management planning for protected areas & large landscapes. He has about 50 scientific publications to my credit. He is member of IUCN SSC Sustainable use Group, World Commission on Protected Areas and Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy.


Dr. Sanjeet Kumar, Ph.D., DELF, is a Founder of Ambika Prasad Research Foundation, Odisha; Zonal Head, Sustainable Biodiversity Committee, Odisha Wildlife Hub, Odisha, India. His current research is focused on status, taxonomy, diversity, phytochemistry and antimicrobial activity of medicinal plants; population analysis and restoration of rare, endangered and threatened plant species; wetlands ecosystems and their biowealth; various management practices in protected areas particularly in Biosphere reserve and breeding habitat of Tigers; establishment of relation between flora and fauna and restoration of medicinal plants found in riverine ecology. He has 10 years of research experiences on medicinal plants and on rare, endangered & threatened taxa. Dr. Kumar has completed his PhD in Biotechnology from Ravenshaw University, India on Ethnobotanical, Nutritional and Antimicrobial values of selected wild Dioscorea species of Similipal Biosphere Reserve, India. He has added 4 new orchid species to the floral wealth of Manipur India. He has completed DELF from Alliance Francaise du Bengal, Republique Francaise. He has about 79 publications in the journals of National and International repute and many popular articles on Medicinal plants. He has written 6 Books on medicinal plants (Mahanadi: Hub of medicinal Plants and Associated Taxa; Wild Cucurbits: Source of traditional therapeutic systems & medicines, Special reference with Wild Cucurbits of Similipal Biosphere Reserve, India; Ethnopharmacology and Biodiversity of Medicinal Plants) and writing two book on medicinal plants. He has organized two National Seminar on Medicinal Plants and Role of Sacred groves on the conservation of biodiversity in association with Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and many workshops and free training programmes on biodiversity. He has done successfully vegetative propagation of selected Orchid species found in Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspots and Eastern Himalayas. He has reintroduced and established Vanda, Oberonia, Epidendrum and Dandrobium species in the Nature in selected regions of Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot, India.

Biodata-Dr. Sanjeet Kumar


Rajkumari Supriya Devi, M.Sc. (Microbiology) from Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune.

She is persuing P.hD (Life Sciences) from Centurion University of Technology and Management (CUTM), Bhubaneswar. She is co-founder of Regional Centre, Ambika Prasad Research Foundation, Imphal, Manipur. Her current research is focused on Plant taxonomy, Wetlands ecosystems, Medicinal Plants, Traditional Therapeutic Systems and Biodiversity Conservation. She has about 6 years of Research experiences. She has about 10 research publications and a Book. She has added 2 plant species to the Flora of Manipur.

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Aditi Bhardwaj, Master of Philosophy (M.Phil): Development Studies
School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS),
Mumbai, India (Grade: 8.1/10)
Principle Subjects: Methodological Issues in  Development Research (Quantitative and Qualitative), Philosophical Methods in Social Science
Research, Tribes in Contemporary World, Advanced Quantitative Methods,
Political Ecology of Development, GIS and Remote Sensing

APRF’s priorities

  • To fill the research gap in the field of taxonomy and create professional taxonomist & field biologist.
  • Inventorising the population & conservation of RET taxa.
  • To establish the dynamics of ecological balance by determining the delicate relationship between flora & fauna.
  • To study the dynamics of reverine ecosystem and document the breeding behavior and develop the conservation protocol for RET avifauna & other faunal and floral species.
  • Conserve and restore wetlands & to map develop & integrated management strategies for the wetlands & backwater ecosystems.
  • To develop conservation protocol for mega fauna through the food of prey & prey predator relationship.
  • To study the visible threats and impacts of climate change on the beach ecology.
  • Ensure water security, health security and quality of life through enriched environment.
  • Screening & standardization of wild food plants for propagation as future horticulture plants with an aim to reduce malnutrition & food problems
  • To enhance food security by conservation, value addition and advanced research in wild tuber crops wild edible plant species.
  • Documentation and restoration of traditional therapeutic systems.
  • To find the gap and fight against antimicrobial resistance problems.
  • Validation of tribal claims.