The Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary extends to 610.53km2 and is spread over the districts of Udaipur, Pali and Rajsamand of Rajasthan. The Sanctuary forms an ecotone between the hill forests of the Aravalis and the Thar Desert located in the west, serving as an ecological barrier for checking the eastward extension of the desert. The Sanctuary harbours as many as 309 species of plants. Amongst the faunal species, there are 17 species of fish, seven species of amphibians, 19 species of reptiles, 126 birds and 22 species of mammals including wolves, leopards, sloth bears, hyenas, jackals, jungle cats, sambhar, nilgai, chausingha (the four horned antelope), chinkara and hare. It is also reputed as the only sanctuary where the Indian wolf is breeding successfully.
FES works in 15 villages around the Sanctuary. In order to safeguard the Sanctuary, afforestation would help reduce biotic pressure, improve the soil and moisture regimes and revive the ecosystem. This in turn would directly support rural livelihoods through improved soil conditions, water protection, fuel wood and grazing lands. Interference free corridors would get established for wild animals, reducing human-animal interface. As an effort towards the same, this project is set out to plant 50,000 trees in the periphery of the Sactuary.
UNDP-GEF Small Grants Project