The world's smallest otter species, the Asian small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinereus), was recently discovered in the north Western Ghats of India.
With support from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) through our investment in the Western Ghats Region, G. A. Punjabi of the Wildlife Research and Conservation Society helped draft a new scientific paper examining recent records of the Asian small-clawed otter, as well as stripe-necked mongoose (Herpestes vitticollis) in the north Western Ghats.
This paper also acknowledges the gaps in the known distribution of both carnivore species and suggests further studies in the area to examine factors allowing the survival of these species in different human-modified land uses.
Established in 2000, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a global leader in enabling civil society to participate in and influence the conservation of some of the world's most critical ecosystems. CEPF is a joint initiative of l'Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Conservation International, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Government of Japan, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the World Bank. CEPF is unique among funding mechanisms in that it focuses on high-priority biological areas rather than political boundaries and examines conservation threats on a landscape scale. From this perspective, CEPF seeks to identify and support a regional, rather than a national, approach to achieving conservation outcomes and engages a wide range of public and private institutions to address conservation needs through coordinated regional efforts.