What is Kaveri Mission?
An historic two-day meeting, held in January 2017 and co-hosted by Tata Power and Mahseer Trust in the beautiful surroundings of Lonavala, India, has brought together a unique coalition to enact a wide-ranging strategy with the aim to conserve the endangered hump-backed mahseer from extinction.
#kaverimission will coordinate an interstate effort, including Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, to implement a number of micro projects to address a broad range of issues that affect the health of the Cauvery River catchment and the rapidly declining population status of this iconic fish, which is endemic to the Cauvery and found nowhere else in the world.
Using a motto of ‘Respect the Goddess’, Mahseer Trust chairman, Steve Lockett said, “We recognise that without support through many agencies, and, crucially, those who interact and use the river and its tributaries on a daily basis, we cannot save this impressive fish, which is now on the brink of extinction.”
At the conclusion of the event, all delegates agreed on the pressing need to afford effective protection of the limited stocks still remaining. Working in collaboration with the local communities and wider population will involve art projects and education outreach from a number of expert providers.
The launch of Kaveri Mission
After a very successful two-day conference in Lonavla, hosted by the Tata Power / Mahseer Trust partnership, the new coalition to enact Kaveri Mission is growing.
Invited delegates from the three States of the River Cauvery basin discussed how to build a comprehensive strategy for rehabilitation of the hump-back mahseer as a flagship indicator species for all aspects of the river habitat.
Representatives from WWF-India, Bombay Natural History Society, IUCN Freshwater Fish Specialist Group, Zoo Outreach Coimbatore, Centre for Wildlife Studies Kerala and Tamil Nadu Forest Department met with members of Tata Power’s Biodiversity Unit, plus representatives from Mahseer Trust to discuss a wide range of issues; including fish stocking & breeding, habitat restoration, village level protection, outreach programmes and spreading the message of #respectgoddesskaveri