Western Ghats CEPF Projects

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Demonstrate a market-based approach to enhancing ecological connectivity while safeguarding agricultural production by introducing the Rainforest Alliance’s "Sustainable Agriculture Standard" into tea and coffee estates in the Anamalai and Mysore-Nilgiri corridors, raising awareness and promoting adoption of sustainable agricultural practices, and developing a set of local indicators that adapts the Sustainable Agriculture Standard to the context of the Western Ghats
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Avert the extinction of Critically Endangered vultures in the Western Ghats through a combination of in situ conservation measures and ex situ conservation breeding. Establish the size, status and threat situation of vulture populations in the Western Ghats, expand a captive breeding program aimed at providing birds for reintroduction and advocate for key policy responses at national and state levels.
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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 http://www.skyisland.in/Genetics.html
Robin Vijayan
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Enhance ecological connectivity within the Malnad-Kodagu Corridor and increase the genetic viability of populations of five globally threatened plant species by demonstrating approaches for restoring fragmented networks freshwater swamps. To this end, develop techniques for planning and undertaking habitat restoration, pilot them within selected micro-corridors and build capacity among grassroots institutions to sustain habitat restoration efforts into the long term.
Snehakunja Trust
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The objective of the proposed initiative is to establish a collaborative information system that will aggregate and integrate an array of biodiversity knowledge available with several entities and make this information publicly available on the Creative Commons licenses. All CEPF Grantees will be encouraged to publish their studies on the Portal. Further, the portal will allow large-scale participation and build a community of stakeholders for the conservation of the Western Ghats.
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Carry out rigorous scientific monitoring to assess the status of several species and levels of conservation threats in the Sahyadri-Konkan, Malnad-Kodagu and Mysore-Nilgiri corridors within Karnataka State. Involve and train civil society groups and the state forest department to enhance their technical capability to monitor and manage these areas in addition to providing critical management inputs
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Facilitate the conservation of critical elephant corridors within the Mysore-Nilgiri Corridor by evaluating the current status of each corridor, assessing local communities’ dependence on them, monitoring usage by elephants and other animals and preparing plans for securing them. Fix signage along each corridor to inform people about their importance, advise them how to minimize impacts on elephants and warn drivers
Perform 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.
Miscellaneous
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Take advantage of recent legislative changes to secure community rights to forest resources and establish new models of community-based conservation areas covering 30,000 ha. Facilitate the formal establishment of these areas, and strengthen the local institutions necessary to manage them. Develop participatory resource use, management and monitoring plans for the areas, as well as alternative livelihood options for local people
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Identify eco-sensitive and potential corridors and contiguity within and with adjacent landscapes. This study aims to develop plausible science-based management mechanisms with the support of data on large mammal movement patterns, species-habitat interactions and threats in Highwavy environs. Results and findings will be disseminated to various local stakeholders and the forest department by conducting a series of workshops
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