Protected areas constitute only about 4% of the land area of India. Many ecologically rich and sensitive regions are outside this network, thus providing a potential for enlarging the protected area network through incorporation of additional land into the protected areas. While such inclusions are possible with Government owned land, incorporating privately owned land can be expensive and time consuming. Thus immediate steps required to maintain and enhance biodiversity in areas identified as corridors on both state owned forests and privately owned land.
This project seeks to establish protocols and build experience in using a payments for ecosystem services approach to restore and conserve biodiversity in such areas and also to rationalize the existing PA network to incorporate areas within multiple use reserve forests critical to long term sustenance of wildlife and their habitat. The project targets the Shencottah gap, a mosaic of remnant moist and dry deciduous forests interspersed with rubber, tea, teak, and other farms.
The objectives of the project are:
a. Develop mechanisms to make payments to conserve biodiversity
b. Establish baseline data and a monitoring system which will link payments and measure the success of our conservation interventions.