FERAL: Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning

Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning

Exploring Sustainable Landscape Practices in Rubber Plantations in a Critical wildlife Corridor


Critical wildlife corridors often pass through land under different types of ownership. This includes government owned forests, individual landowners and company owned estates. Restoring/maintaining connectivity in areas under the control of the Forest Department is easily achieved. However, doing so on privately owned areas needs alternatives especially when outright purchase is not an option. This project explored an alternative approach through which large plantation and estate owners could be encouraged to manage their land in a wildlife-friendly manner.


A website (http://www.feralindia.org/ecoag) on ecologically sustainable practices for rubber plantations has been developed. This website also gives infrmation on eco-certification for natural rubber and rubber wood.



The landscape in the Shenkottah gap is a mix of forests, plantations and field crops.
Project Information


Sunita Ram
Principal Investigator, Senior Fellow
Srinivas Vaidyanathan
Co-investigator, Senior Fellow

Project Information

Budget: $ 39,833

Duration: January, 2012 to June, 2015

Funding Agencies

Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund

Partner Institutes

  • Rainforest Alliance Project Partner


Project Images

Forest areas adjoin many of the rubber plantations in Shencottah gapA mosaic of landcover types in the Shenkottah gap
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