Western Ghats

A global biodiversity hotspot and one of the most irreplaceable areas for conservation, this region has a staggering plant and animal diversity overlapping with a dense human population. In this region, our work focuses on human impacts on wild species and habitats, biological surveys, human-wildlife conflict research and mitigation, and ecological restoration.

Wildlife and Human Ecology

The Western Ghats forests, rivers, and grasslands contain an extraordinary diversity of species, including rare and threatened species and endemics found nowhere else in the world. These species survive in landscapes that are a mix of protected and human-use areas. Understanding plant and animal ecology, human impacts on wildlife species, and how people use and relate to natural resources is all critical for conservation and these motivate our research in the region.

Policy and Outreach

Translating scientific research results and understanding to lasting changes on the ground involves communicating to a wide variety of stakeholders. There is also a need to translate ideas for change into policy and practice, whether it is to transform land use practices or to reap the benefits of conservation. Towards these ends, we continue to engage with policy and outreach in the Western Ghats

Programme Funding

  • HSBC India
  • Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund
  • Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India
  • MM Muthiah Research Foundation
  • Prince Bernhard Nature Fund
  • Rufford Small Grants Foundation
  • Save the Tiger Fund
  • The Ecosystem Alliance
  • UK India Education and Research Initiative
  • U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Conservation fund
  • Western Ghats Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund
  • Whitley Fund for Nature
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Worldwide Fund for Nature
  • Arvind Datar
  • Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Co. Ltd.


  • Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies
  • AMM Murugappa Chettiar Research Centre