Community Based Ecological Monitoring of Non Timber Forest Products in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (India)

Securing the livelihoods of forest-dependent peoples necessitates good governance and sustainable management of common-pool resources. The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in the Western Ghats of South India supports high levels of biological and cultural diversity. It is affected by over-harvesting and disappearance of some key non-timber forest product (NTFP) species. Small-scale enterprise development is a recent phenomenon that adds to the complexity of the situation.

This project will allow Keystone Foundation to design, implement and test a community-based model for monitoring and adaptive management of common pool resources. Keystone will involve harvesters, processors, traders, forest department officials and other stakeholders in the process.

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Start Date

Saturday, December 1, 2007

End Date

Sunday, January 10, 2010


24 months

IDRC Officer

Ahmed, Sara

Total funding

CA$ 93,500


India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Agriculture and Food Security

Project Leader

Matthew John


Keystone Foundation

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