|SlNo.||Proposal Title||Applicant||Start Date||Status||Location (KML)|
Regeneration of traditionally used indigenous species to reduce pressure on the Mudumalai Tiger ReserveCreate a nursery of these traditionally used species such as various medicinal plants, tubers and firewood, and proving saplings to the numerous tribal families and settlements along edge of critical tiger habitat (CTH) of Gudalur Division near Mudumalai. If propagated on their own land, this will retain the tribal communities traditional resource base while reducing pressure on the CTH.
Revitalizing the Indigenous Farming System to Enhance the Ecological and Livelihood Security in Anamalai Corridor of Western Ghats, southern IndiaRevitalize capacity of tribal farmers for traditional farming, maintaining on-farm crop diversity, and practice sustainable NTFP harvest and their linkages with biodiversity, thereby improving quality of critical habitats for biodiversity conservation in the Palni Hills (Anamalai). Project aims to concentrate on rare plants, threatened species such as grizzled giant squirrel, and Paliyan tribes
|ACT India Foundation||1-Sep-2009||On-going|
Ecological and Anthropogenic Correlates of Large Carnivore Occupancy in the Sahyadri-Konkan CorridorQuantifies the ecological and anthropogenic correlates of occupancy for tigers, leopards, dholes and sloth bears in the Sahyadri-Konkan corridor, to generate a scientifically rigorous estimate of species distribution. It will identify habitat variables underlying occupancy, identify critical sites for interventions and disseminate the results of the research to various stakeholders, and support efforts to conserve endangered species through management plans
Community Based Conservation and Monitoring of Great Hornbills (Buceros bicornis) and Malabar Pied Hornbills (Anthracoceros coronatus) and their Habitats of the Anamalai Part of Southern Western Ghats, India through Empowering The Endemic ‘Kadar’ TribeDeveloping a long-term conservation strategy for the hornbills and their habitat in the landscape unit with the support of the Kadar tribe, by assessing availability of hornbill nesting trees, nest characteristics, habitat details and threat factors. Project also envisages strengthening of ongoing participatory conservation activity in the Vazhachal forest division with the support of forest department, Kadar tribe and their community groups
Investigating congruence between biodiversity and ecosystem services across production landscapes in the Mysore-Nilgiri landscape corridor in the Western GhatsAssess patterns of and congruence between biodiversity (birds) and ecosystem services (carbon storage) across a heterogeneous human-dominated landscape outside protected areas, in Kodagu. Besides documenting impacts on ecosystem services by land-use intensification for increased economic returns, this study will provide a quantitative understanding of biodiversity and economic aspects for planning private reserve models on private lands as well as state-supported models on public lands
Evaluation of aquatic insect diversity in natural water-filled tree holes and their artificial analogues, in a tropical forest of Western GhatsPerform a much needed scientific evaluation on the dynamics of the canopy-aquatic insects and other fauna of natural tree holes (phytotelmata) and their artificial analogues. Project explores how insects in tree holes are active colonizers trapped in a risky mostly ephemeral habitat and along with other fauna play a significant role in the ecosystem functioning in the forest canopy.
|Anoop Das, K.S||1-Sep-2009||On-going|
Identifying critical areas for a landscape level wildlife corridor in Uttara Kannada District (northern part of Malnad-Kodagu corridor to Sahyadri - Konkan corridor) of Central Western GhatsAssess conservation priority areas in the northern part of Malnad-Kodagu corridor in Western Ghats. Project will compile the researches done in the landscape over the years and collect baseline ecological and diversity status data for Aghanashini and Bedthi river valley in detail. Based on this, proposals would be developed to identify the priority regions in the corridor under better protection strategies with different legal options
Identifying Potential Areas as "Conservation Reserves" in Agasthyamalai Biosphere ReserveIntend to Develop criteria for the establishment of conservation reserves in the reserved forests of the Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve, and to delineate and map the potential conservation reserves. The project will promote and strengthen the partnerships and mechanisms in the management of biological corridors for globally threatened species, within and outside Protected Area networks in the Biosphere Reserve, that are exposed to severe anthropogenic pressures.
Conserving native trees in the coffee agroforestry landscape of KodaguIdentify strategies that would enable farmers to conserve native trees within privately owned coffee estates in Kodagu that harbor a high diversity of tree species, even though economic and legal constraints are driving farmers to reduce native tree cover. Other project outcomes include production of scientific articles and development of linkages between stakeholders
|Cheryl D. Nath||1-Oct-2009||Completed|
Ecology and conservation of small carnivores in the Western GhatsUndertake ecological studies of small carnivores in Karnataka state, use this information to formulate scientifically based management recommendations for these species and disseminate the results among protected area managers, conservationists and other stakeholders
Conservation of bio-diversity hotspot through capacity building of forest dependent communities through the promotion of organic farming in Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary of North Kanara district, Karnataka, IndiaIdentify major native species threatened by intensive chemical agriculture on selected farms in and around Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and assess the positive effect of organic farming on endemic biodiversity. Project also aims to document indigenous agricultural knowledge in reducing the effect of chemicals on flora and fauna, while promoting organic farming with active participation of stakeholders, and minimize the use of in-organic inputs to crops
Study on Distribution, Status and Dynamics of Private and Community Forests in Sahyadri-Kokan Corridor in Southern MaharashtraForm partnerships for protection of private and group private forests in the Sahyadri-Konkan. Project aims to help maintaining tree cover on group private forests, thereby enhancing biodiversity in priority sites and will help in achieving consolidation of corridors. Project will also analyze policy issues and make recommendations that will help to protect tree cover on private forests.
Promotion of Organic farming through Introduction of Analog Forestry concept in Kollegal FDExplores the possibilities of initiating Analog Forestry, a system of forest management that combines the values of local forest biodiversity with organic crop cultivation, in Kollegal FD that is home to rich diversity and diversified communities. Project will also provide an overview of the causes of the biodiversity loss, current situation in the project area - human-wildlife conflict, and threats from chemical farming
|Krishna Prasad, G||1-Oct-2009||On-going|
Development of conservation strategy for a newly discovered lion-tailed macaque Macaca silenus population in Sirsi-Honnavara, Western Ghats: II. Feeding ecology, status of food trees and habitatStudy the impact of NTFP collection on feeding ecology of a newly discovered Sirsi-Honnavara population of the endangered lion-tailed macaque, an endemic primate, restricted in its distribution to certain pockets of rainforests in the Western Ghats. The study would help formulate a conservation action plan for this newly discovered, possibly the largest population that is confined to unprotected reserve forests with extensive anthropogenic pressure
Bat communities in the Western Ghats: status, ecology and conservationQuantify and characterize spatial variation in bat communities, and develop echo-location call libraries for bats in priority conservation areas in the Western Ghats. The work will contribute to an enhanced recognition of the biological value of this unstudied taxonomic group, and evaluate the efficacy of the current protected area network for bat conservation in the region
Tarantula (Araneae: Theraphosidae) spider diversity, distribution and habitat-use: A study on Protected Area adequacy and conservation planning at a landscape level in the Western Ghats of Uttara Kannada district, KarnatakaAims to understand diversity, distribution and habitat use of theraphosid species of tarantula spiders in various land use categories in the Uttara Kannada district. It will help in population assessments of Indian Theraphosid spiders of the region, create awareness amongst locals about the importance of conservation of tarantulas, and help in improving conservation efforts of these poorly known but globally threatened taxa
Opportunities for establishing informal conservation arrangements in the Periyar-Agasthyamalai Corridor of the southern Western GhatsIdentifies potential mechanisms and sites for informal biodiversity conservation in Ranni Forest Division (Periyar-Agasthyamalai ). Using an integrated approach involving ecological, socio-cultural and policy level filters, project will develop a set of mechanisms that identify sites of ecological importance and long-term socio-ecological persistence. A review of policies governing land-use and a template for awareness generation in the area will also be carried out.
|Meera Anna Oommen||1-Aug-2009||Completed|
Cinnamon Plant Resources of the Central Western Ghats: Quantification, Impact Assessment, Livelihood issues and Conservation through Participatory ApproachEnvisages assessment of the impact of harvesting Cinnamomum malabatrum, livelihood issues, evaluating the prospects for green-labeling, promoting sustainable harvest and multiplication of species in agro forestry systems through participatory approaches is envisaged. Project outcomes include cinnamon regeneration status, level of disturbance and impact on regeneration, sustainable harvesting methods, importance of resources to the family income, prospects for green-labeling, community nurseries and planting of species
Grassland and Shola Research and Restoration of the Palni HillsEvaluate the status and restore three high altitude patches of forest land in Palni Hills, presently occupied by invasive monocultures of eucalyptus and wattle, with an objective to create habitat for native biodiversity, especially Nilgiri tahr, while exposing the hill communities to biodiversity conservation and restoration that can provide vital resources, and income. Project also aims to research and identify suitable pioneer native species that can replace invasive wattle
Pilot Study for Mitigation of Human Elephant Conflict in Southern Maharashtra, IndiaAddress the issue of conservation of endangered Asian elephant in fragmented landscape of northern Karnataka and southern Maharashtra by involving local community in conflict mitigation along with the Forest Department. This study aims to identify and implement activities that will motivate local communities, create social awareness and strengthen the efforts of Forest Department towards elephant conservation.
Status of freshwater fishes in the Kerala region of the Western Ghats Hotspot: determining distribution, populations and threats to newly described and poorly known speciesAssess the status of ‘data deficient’ freshwater fishes from ten major rivers of Kerala, since freshwater fishes remain one of the most poorly studied and documented taxa in the Western Ghats. Project will generate baseline information, which will help in systematic conservation planning and action as well as monitoring and assessing the conservation status of globally threatened species of fishes in the Western Ghats.
|22)||Examine connectedness and the effects of anthropogenic isolation as well as historical geographic isolation on populations of an endemic, threatened bird, the White-bellied Shortwing, using microsatellite and mtDNA markers from different sky-islands including 22 CEPF priority sites. Sky-island refer to Shola forests fragments on mountain-tops isolated by anthropogenic forces||R Vijayan||1-Aug-2009||On-going|
An investigation into the taxonomy of the Malabar Civet (Viverra civettina)This study examines the taxonomic status and validity of the Malabar Civet (Viverra civettina), a Critically Endangered species that is endemic to the Western Ghats. It has never been sighted in the wild, and all accounts are from museum skins. The current study will determine whether the Malabar Civet is a valid species; and will impact conservation and management decisions.
|24)||Builds a spatial data set to support decisions on conservation of ecologically sensitive areas and ecosystem services by the Western Ghats Panel. Available information from CEPF partners and publicly available data sets will be compiled, analyzed and shared under an appropriate Creative Commons license. Research priorities of the collaborating institutions will guide the data collection efforts to facilitate publications in peer reviewed journals.||Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning(FERAL)||1-Sep-2010||Completed|
|25)||Shola habitat on any large sky island is fragmented and disconnected by the formation of commercial plantations almost a century ago. This production landscape now hosts remnant forest patches that are reported to harbour many threatened, endemic birds. We propose to investigate how species use such patches and provide species lists to privateland-holders to increase awareness and value of their landscape.||National Institute for Advance Studies (NIAS)||1-Feb-2011||On-going|
Identification of critical crossing points of animals along the road in and around Anamalai Tiger Reserve and to suggest relevant mitigation measures to minimize road mortalityIncreasing tourism in the Anamalai hills have resulted in the death of endangered fauna such as Lion-tailed macaque, leopard cat, slender loris, and several other birds, endemic reptiles and amphibians by the fast plying vehicles. This study is designed to identify mitigation measures and implement them to reduce the road mortality of these species, besides contributing to the knowledge on the effects of traffic and road construction on forest animal movements.
|Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF)||1-Apr-2011||On-going|
Hill Wetlands in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve – A People’s Conservation Initiative.Aims to preserve special habitats of Hill Wetlands (Tarnadmund, Bison Swamp, Nedugula) of Nilgiris, highlight their special status, bring to the forefront lesser known wetland species and their importance in conservation programs. This will be achieved by implementing sustainable management plans with stakeholder communities for the protection and monitoring of these landscapes which today are fragmented and disregarded.
Motivating the local communities through Documentary Movie Campaign to evolve long-term conservation strategies in the community and private reserves and achieve conservation outcomes at unprotected sites in Malnad-Kodagu Corridor.Identify and evaluate the community induced threats to biodiversity sites in Malnad-Kodagu Corridor. Suggest locally adaptable threat mitigation mechanisms in the film and promote protection of biodiversity sites from major landscape level threats like proposed mega and mini Hydroelectric Projects through film screenings among local communities and different stakeholders.
Assessing the distribution and status of large mammals in Highwavy environs of southern Western GhatsStudy intends to identify eco-sensitive and potential corridors and contiguity within and with adjacent landscapes. This study aims to develop plausible science-based management mechanism with the support of data on large mammal movement pattern, species-habitat interactions and threats in Highwavy environs. Results and findings will be disseminated to various local stake holders and Forest Department by conducting series of workshops
|Wildlife Information Liaison Development (WILD) Society||1-April-2011||On-going|
|30)||Aims to identify forests outside the Protected Area network in Periyar - Agasthyamalai landscape that are crucial for conservation of threatened arboreal mammals and to assess the existing Protected Areas for adequate representation of these species, while also determining current distribution of arboreal mammals in this landscape. Information generated will be used to envisage site specific conservation and management plans for these threatened species.||Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning(FERAL)||1-Aug-2011||On-going|
Restoration of Lantana camara-invaded deciduous forests in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve
|Madras Crocodile Bank Trust||1-Dec-2011||On-going|
Community Based Conservation and Monitoring of Great Hornbills (Buceros bicornis) and Malabar Pied Hornbills (Anthracoceros coronatus) and their habitats of the Southern Western Ghats, India through empowering local ethnic community.
|MES Asmabi College||1-Nov-2011||On-going|
|33)||Addresses the gap between availability of spatial data and its use by conservationists. Basic level training will be provided in a user friendly and open source Geographical Information System (GIS) package, covering vector and raster GIS applications. Participants selected from across the Western Ghats will subsequently use the training for conservation planning, research and as a stepping stone to advanced spatial analysis.||Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning (FERAL)||1-Oct-2011||Completed|
Produce local-language materials on biodiversity conservation using results of ongoing and completed CEPF projects and other research outputs to disseminate among local ethnic communities, Forest Departments and other key stakeholders in the Anamalai part of Western Ghats
|Centre for Environment and Development||1-Nov-2011||On-going|
Establishing Community Conservation Reserves in the Anamalai Corridor
|Wildlife Information Liaison Development (WILD) Society||1-Jan-2012||On-going|
Conserving the Sacred – An Eco- Cultural Approach to Community Conservation in the Nilgiris District
Networking and information support for conservation of rocky plateaus in the Sahyadri-Konkan corridor.
|Biome Conservation Foundation||1-2-2012||On-going|
Building a Pro-conservational understanding among the local communities in Uttara Kannada, through designing the need based Environmental literature and Educational material in Kannada, based on the findings from select CEPF Projects
|Green India Trust||1-Nov-2011||On-going|
CEPF Special Session on the Biodiversity of the Western GhatsCreate a compelling showcase of the incredible biodiversity of the Western Ghats, with special focus on lesser-known organisms and ecosystem services for the Asia Regional Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology to increase awareness and understanding of the landscape in the larger science and conservation community in Asia.
Showcasing the Western Ghats at the Society for Conservation Biology (Asia) Conference and BeyondCreate a compelling showcase of the incredible biodiversity of the Western Ghats, with special focus on lesser-known organisms and ecosystem services for the Asia Regional Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology to increase awareness and understanding of the landscape in the larger science and conservation community in Asia.
|Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF)||1-Mar-2012||On-going|
Distribution and assessment of the population status of Critically Endangered Kondana Soft-furred Rat Millardia kondana, with special emphasis on implementation of the conservation management plan at Sinhgad.Examine the taxonomic and distribution status, population density and habitat selection of the Critically Endangered Kondana soft-furred rat (Millardia kondana) in the northern Western Ghats. Apply the results to develop and implement a conservation management plan for the species at Sinhgad, with active participation of all stakeholders.
|Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS)||01-Sep-13||On-going|
Thematic training on GIS and remote sensing for conservation research and planning.Leverage data on the Western Ghats Portal to reach out to a larger community of conservation scientists and practitioners. Provide training on application of GIS and spatial analysis to three or four thematic areas of conservation and ecology, via a minimum of five residential workshops that involve CEPF grantees as thematic experts and mentors. Make course materials publicly available on-line.
|Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning(FERAL)||01-Apr-13||On-going|
Promoting coordinated civil society action for biodiversity conservation in the Malnad-Kodagu Corridor of the Western Ghats.Connect motivated individuals and civil society organizations in the Western Ghats districts of Udupi and Shimoga to create a network for positive action in conservation of key biodiversity areas. Provide capacity building measures to people in villages outside protected areas through a series of training programs and meetings and by introducing suitable technological solutions such as mobile phone applications.
|Wildlife Information Liaison Development (WILD) Society||01-Sep-13||On-going|
Promotion of Community Forest Management for livelihood support of Paliyar Tribe through Bio-diversity conservation in Palani Hills - Anamalai Corridor, Western Ghats, Tamil NaduWith the assistance of government departments and experts, sensitize, build capacity and involve the Paliyar indigenous community in sustainable NTFP collection, while conserving the habitats and wildlife of the Palni Hills of Tamil Nadu. Collect baseline data on NTFP resource availability, expose community members to sustainable harvesting practices and promote community forest management. Explore ecotourism as a possible alternate livelihood.
|ACT India Foundation||01-Jul-13||On-going|
Conservation of the Critically Endangered vultures in Wayanad and the neighbouring areas of Kerala as part of establishing a Vulture Safe Zone in South India.Implement targeted awareness activities and sampling within at least a 100 kilometer radius and establish a "vulture safe zone" in the Wayanad District, where a breeding population of vultures survives. Engage a network of indigenous communities, cattle owners and veterinarians to support implementation and monitoring of the ban on veterinary use of diclofenac and other drugs toxic to vultures.
|Rural Agency for Social and Technological Advancement( RASTA)||01-Sep-13||On-going|
Facilitating partnerships for community forest resource areas (CFRs) in the southern Western GhatsStrengthen capacity of grassroots institutions for natural resource management and conservation of community forest resource use areas (CFRs) in the Anamalai and Periyar-Agastyamalai Corridors, ensuring long-term involvement of local communities. Support the gram sabhas (village councils) of tribal villages to claim community and CFR rights, undertake resource mapping and form CFR management committees and plans by facilitating partnerships with relevant government departments.
|Centre for Environment and Development||01-May-13||On-going|
Examining large carnivore connectivity and creating conservation networks in the Sahyadri-Konkan corridor.Identify critical links in connectivity for large carnivores in the Sahyadri-Konkan Corridor and incorporate the importance of corridors, for their persistence, in regional policy and protected area management. Involve local stakeholders as part of conservation networks to maintain or enhance functional connectivity for large carnivores.
|Wildlife Research and Conservation Society (WRCS)||01-Jul-13||On-going|
Barefoot Ecologist for Ecological Monitoring in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.Develop a community-based ecological monitoring program for the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Meet with villagers to select sites and explain methods, hold an expert meeting to discuss the monitoring protocol, organize staff trainings to familiarize them with the methodology, and identify and train community members interested in becoming ‘barefoot ecologists’.
Coexistence bottom up: strengthening Asian Elephant conservation in human dominated landscapesWork in the Gudalur Region of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve to develop a better understanding of human-elephant interaction in the region, focusing more on tolerance of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) rather than on conflict with them. Experiment with a range of site-specific interventions that could facilitate long-term human-elephant coexistence.
|Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF)||01-Aug-13||On-going|
Integrated project for lantana management, restoration of scrub forest ecosystem and alternate livelihoods at Lokkere Reserve Forest, Bandipura.Combine removal of alien invasive lantana (Lantana camara) with restoration of cleared areas using a green economy model that involves the local communities in a reserve forest contiguous with Bandipur Tiger Reserve. Engage local community members in lantana removal and restoration activities, and develop market-linked alternative livelihood options based on the removed lantana such as handicraft and charcoal production.
Building stake to conserve river related biodiversity using Otters as flagship species in the Cauvery river basin in KarnatakaInvolve local stakeholders to raise awareness and develop a sense of responsibility toward sustainable utilization of river resources and conservation of river-related biodiversity in the Cauvery River Basin, an important freshwater ecosystem and stronghold of smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) and Asian small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinerea). Using otters as the flagship species, pilot various methods of community engagement such as Village River Committees and community-based otter protection programs.
Bridging the gap: Community outreach for wildlife conservationImprove the reach and impact of conservation in the Mysore-Nilgiri Corridor and strengthen the support of local communities, opinion builders and policy makers through outreach campaigns to promote partnerships. Utilize the time and skills of urban-based wildlife enthusiasts to bring about on-the-ground changes, thus bridging the gap between two sectors of the society for the common cause of wildlife conservation.
|Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF)||01-Sep-13||On-going|
Threatened and endemic freshwater fishes of the Southern Western Ghats: Improving local capacity to link conservation and livelihoods.Develop and implement a community-based monitoring program to assess the status and trends of endemic and threatened freshwater fish in Kulathupuzha Reserve Forest and Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, with the participation of local fishermen, gram sabhas (village councils) and the Kerala State Forest Department, and the assistance of participatory rural appraisal tools and monitoring methods.
|Navadarshan Public Charitable Trust||01-Aug-13||On-going|
Status of freshwater fishes in the Sahyadri-Konkan Corridor: diversity, distribution and conservation assessments in RaigadDevelop a database on the diversity and distribution of freshwater fish in the Konkan region while building local capacity through the involvement of experts from various academic institutes, NGOs, civil society and local/tribal fishing communities. Identify and document traditional ecological knowledge that can help understand the ecology and threats to the region’s fish.
|Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS)||01-Jul-13||On-going|
An ecological assessment on freshwater fish and amphibian communities in a landscape mosaic of the Western Ghats, KarnatakaIdentify the anthropogenic and ecological covariates that determine freshwater fish and aquatic amphibian diversity in a heterogeneous landscape mosaic in the upper catchment of the Netravathi River. Understand local perceptions on ownership and access rights along the river. Enable local communities to form groups that will promote sustainable development of aquatic resources.
|Legal Initiative for Forest & Environment (LIFE)||01-Jul-13||On-going|
Assessing the ecosystem services of newly declared Conservation reservesAssessing the ecosystem services of newly declared Conservation reserves in Uttara Kannada district. With the aid of questionnaire surveys, resource mapping, and appropriate scientific methods; service values of NTFP use, ecotourism, hydrological and carbon value of the conservation reserves will be assessed.