FERAL: Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning

Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning

UNDP– UNTRS Post Tsunami Environment Initiative


The primary goal of the FERAL component of the Post Tsunami Environmental Initiative was to build protocols for restoration of coastal habitats based on a combination of literature reviews and field experience.

Its specific objectives were: 

  • To conduct studies in coastal vulnerability at a spatial level.
  • A spatial analysis of land use change and social change on the Coromandel coast of India over the last three decades.
  • To identify sites for pilot restoration using and extending PTEI Phase I results; coastal sand dunes, mangroves and tropical dry evergreen forest habitats were covered.
  • To mobilise local stakeholders and build local capacities at selected restoration sites.
  • To mobilise institutional support and financial sustainability of the work through linkages with local and district authorities and
  • To set up pilot demonstrations sites for restoration of native coastal habitats. While the last two objectives covered the entire Coromandel coast, the restoration related activities were limited to patches of degraded native habitat lying within 50 km of the coast which extends from the South of Pulicat Lake to Point Calimere in Nagapattinam.


Planting at the Kotthatai sacred groves, a tropcial dry evergreen forest patch. Mangrove propagules being planted in the Kollidam estuary. One of the most promising restoration sites in this region.
Washed away - part one of the video on status of coastal habitats.
Washed away - part two of the video on status of coastal habitats.
Project Information


R.S. Bhalla
Srinivas Vaidyanathan
Abraham Varampath

Project Information

Budget: ₹ 12,537,749

Duration: December, 2006 to November, 2008

Funding Agencies

United Nations Development Programme New Delhi

Partner Institutes

  • Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment Project Partner
  • Nature Conservation Foundation Project Partner


Project Images

One of the many magnificent dunes near Pondicherry. Locally collected Rhizophera propagules planted around existing mangrove patches.Micro-planning with local eco-restoration committees was one of the strategies to ensure buy in of the local community
FERAL - once wild, runs wild again.