Spectacular & charismatic are two words that aptly describe Dragonflies and Damselflies. Odonates play an integral role as indicator species in keeping our environment healthy & as predators to control the insect populations. While tigers & elephants are essential and well-known species in the story of biodiversity decline, millions of tiny lesser-known species like Dragonflies are also plummeting & showing signs of stress. Hence, to better understand the population trend of Odonates, a multi-pronged & long-term approach is required.
The Dragonfly Festival was initiated in 2018 to demystify Dragonflies & Damselflies and celebrate their role in our environment. Till now, we have engaged around 9000 individuals through on-ground counts, online workshops & competitions.
The Dragonfly Festival 2021 is being organised by WWF India in partnership with BNHS, UNEP, ZSI, Dragonfly SouthAsia Society, Indian Dragonfly Society, India Biodiversity Portal and MIT-WPU.