ATREE at Agasthyamalai

From the early explorations by British foresters and Indian botanists, research activities in KMTR have come a long way, with most large taxa - mammals and plants - documented and studied in some detail. ATREE’s present faculty began its activities in the KMTR region in late 1989, when affiliated with Pondicherry University. The uniqueness of this group’s ongoing research has been to document and understand change that is happening to natural ecosystems - which makes it different from the taxa-based studies that were prevalent earlier.

Now with nearly two decades of presence in the area, research in the Agasthyamalai region evolved from a largely academic pursuit in the early days to more conservation and management driven in recent times which entails a very inter-disciplinary approach spanning across several fields including social sciences. We hope all this would help understand the landscape better and become a model for research and conservation in and around protected areas.

Currently the entire research and conservation program in Agasthyamalai, KMTR in particular, is being coordinated by the Agasthyamalai Community based Conservation Centre (ACCC), housed in a rented accommodation at Singampatti village near Kallidaikurichi, in Tirunelveli Dist.