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Project ID PPD185/16 Rev.1 (F)
Title SAVING TIMBER YIELDING RARE ENDEMIC AND THREATENED SPECIES OF WESTERN GHATS, INDIA BY PROMOTING AGRO-FORESTRY AND REFORESTATION OF DEGRADED LANDS
Status PENDING FINANCE
Executing agency
M S SWAMINATHAN RESEARCH FOUNDATION
DEPARTMENT OF FORESTS AND WILD LIFE, KERALA STATE INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SATOYAMA INITIATIVE
Summary Approximately 600 tree species are threatened with extinction in India with a sizable percentage located in the south Indian region, mostly in the Western Ghats. Although steps were taken to save some of the Rare, Endemic and Threatened species from the fate of early extinction by improving their conservation status, much to be done to understand in a scientificway the reasons for endangerment, the issues related to conservation and sustainable use based on the multiple utility aspects, especially timber value of tree species. There is high domestic demand for native timber yielding species, but on the contrary, many potential species are facing threat of extinction, and the single answer for this issue is promoting cultivation of these species at all possible levels. The idea of this project was stemmed from these lessons to go for an action research targeting a select group of high priority Timber yielding RET tree species of Western Ghats. The overall objective is to promote sustainable use of the select species through an integrated action research across a “4C” framework comprising conservation, cultivation, consumption, and commerce aspects. This will be achieved through augmentation of the wild population of the chosen species across degraded forest areas of a few critical corridors of Wayanad district of Kerala and also in selected community lands/farms. But there are few prerequisites for planning this action research project, viz., (i)assessment of area of degraded forests and farm lands available for cultivation of selected species (ii) scope and feasibility of cultivation, (iii) stakeholder workshops for influencing state policies, (iv) documentation and analysis of available success stories /case studies on cultivation of wild timber species (v) formulation of research plan for studying the biological and ecological aspects of the species,(vi) a status survey and one multi-stakeholder workshop for documenting the historical and current scenario of timber usage in Kerala and scope for commercialization of rare timber species. Hence this pre project proposal has been put forth with the objective to develop a full length project proposal for Saving Timber yielding Rare Endemic and Threatened Species of Western Ghats, India by promoting agro-forestry and reforestation of degraded lands.
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