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The TITLI TRUST is a registered non-profit NGO established with the purpose of conserving nature and protecting the environment. Established in 2009, the trust's name TITLI (which means butterfly in Hindi) is selected as is embodies all that is symbolic of nature-free, beautiful, enchanting and mysterious.
Yet, it is precisely these attributes that are threatened by mankind-unbridled development, with no thought for the strain on Mother Earth's resources, decades of “over-consumption”, pollution of air, water and soil, spouting gases into the atmosphere resulting in global warming that might even threaten the existence of humankind.
Despite all of this and more, it is our unstinting belief that earth can and will be saved, provided, every human on earth chooses to do so, stands up to be counted and makes a difference. TITLI is our attempt to do so.

Conservation research and action
Titli Trust has been involved in long term biodiversity assessments focussed primarily on Lepidoptera, with opportunitstic sampling of avifauna and herpetofauna in numerous landscapes in Eastern and Western Himalayas. These include Eaglenest WLS and Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh, Garo Hills in Meghalaya and a few locations in Nagaland, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. This research has lead to the description of a new frog species, Leptobrachium bompu, and several new records and re-discoveries of butterfly species.
Conservation Education and Outreach
Titli Trust has been involved in numerous conservation education programs in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Uttarakhand. It runs conservation education programs with school children, local community members, forest department staff and nature guides. Currently, Titli Trust is running a nature education program in four rural schools near Devalsari in Tehri Garhwal District, Uttarakhand, and is involved in a skill development program to train nature guides across Uttarakhand.
As part of its outreach program, Titli Trust has published numerous technical papers, books and other material such as checklists, bulletins and catalogues. Information about its publications is available here. It is actively involved in citizen science programs such as the Butterflies of India and Moths of India websites.
Supporting alternate livelihoods such as nature tourism in E. and W. Himalayas
Titli Trust believes that incentivizing nature conservation by providing an alternate livelihood such as nature tourism, using lesser known fauna, is crucial to involving local communities to save its rich floral and faunal biodiversity. Titli Trust actively supports community-based nature tourism at Eaglenest and Pakke in Arunachal Pradesh, Garo Hills in Meghalaya and Devalsari and Pawalgarh in Uttarakhand.

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Sondhi, S. 2022. About Us: Titli Trust . In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Moths of India, v. 3.30. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.

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