The Western Ghats Region of India is home to a quarter of the country's wildlife, including important populations of Asian elephants, Indian tigers and lion-tailed macaque. Unfortunately, development, agriculture and urbanization are encroaching on the habitats needed to support this wildlife.
With support from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), civil society organizations are working to protect species and prevent extinction:
- SnehaKunja Trust, in partnership with Sirsi Forestry College, has been working to save Myristica swamps, one of the most critical ecosystems of the country and home to many threatened plant species.
- The NGO Arulagam has been working to save Critically Endangered vultures that have been severely threatened in the wake of diclofenac infected carcasses.
- Nature Conservation Foundation has worked to reduce animal mortality due to collisions with vehicles.
Learn more in the video below.