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Dr. K. Thulsi Rao

Committee Member, The Earth Center, Management committee Member Council for Green Revolution (CGR), Advisor Green Alliance for Eastern Ghats (GrACE)

Dr. K. Thulsi Rao, Dy. Conservator of Forests (Rtd.) is a Naturalist- Forester, Wild lifer, Ecologist and Biodiversity specialist by Profession and an Environmentalist & academician by attitude, served in different capacities extended his services to the country for 45 years as a Scientist, Administrator, Manager and a team leader. Formerly worked as Director, Biodiversity Research, AP State Biodiversity Board, Presently Director, Kundhi Global Biodiversity Solutions Pvt Ltd and advisor to the Council for Green Revolution and Greens Alliance for Conservation of Eastern Ghats (GrACE). To mention few of his Academic Credentials, he is a Doctorate in Wildlife Sciences, Masters in Environmental Sciences, P.G Diploma in Crocodile Breeding & Sanctuary Management, Specialisation and super specialisations breeding of highly endangered species, Applications of Remote-sensing and GIS technologies, Catchment and Watershed treatments at large Landscape levels, Reduction of Man-animal Conflicts, All Taxa Biodiversity inventories, Habitat Characterization, Carbon Pool Assessment etc.

As a Conservationist and a professional specialist in multiple fields, He worked both in Ex-situ and in-situ Conservation and executed critical field level studies, particularly with Highly Endangered species like the Tiger, theGreat Indian Bustard, the King Cobra, Blackbuck to quote few won him several laurels and “Prestigious National Awards” for discovery of innovative technologies

He is the Founder of:

  1. ‘Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Research (CBER)’, formerly known as Ecological Research and Monitoring Laboratory, Srisailam Nallamalai Charter, Eastern Ghats, India
  2. ‘Abhayarnya Samrakshan through Holistic Resource Array Management (ASHRAM) a Federation for resource dependent communitie
  3. ‘Ashram Mahila Vikas’ . His Discoveries of New species to the World, India , Eastern Ghats and Southern India put him at Global level expert He was associated several International Bodies as a Project consultant like FAO, World Bank, UNDP etc.,

To his Credit published about 50 scientific publications and about 10 Books on Eastern Ghats Overview, Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation into Production Sectors, Management Planning, of sanctuaries & and National Parks, and worth mentioning are Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Sanctuary & Tiger Reserve, Gundla Brahmeswara Wildlige Sanctuary, Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Coringa Coastal-Marine Wildlife Sanctuary, etc.,

Awards and Honours:

  1. Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Conservation Award -2003 For outstanding scientific work/field work
  2. Dr. Salim Ali National Wildlife Fellowship Award -1999-2001
  3. Paryavaran Mitra National Eminence Award 2019.
  4. Green Leader Award from CGR and GrACE.
  5. Earth Hero Award from India Foundation and Ranathambore Foundation – 2012:
  6. World Wide Fund (WWF) Tiger Conservation Award -1999For Notable work in involvement of people in Tiger Conservation.
  7. Young Scientist Award Conferred by National Environmental Science Academy, New Del
  8. Bharatiya Vikas Ratan Award

Widely travelled within India and Outside and a member of many National and International Environmental Associations and Committees

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