Sustainable Forest Management in a Changing Climate

Climate Change

Sustainable Forest Management in a Changing Climate

Be part of a unique programme combining scientific research and community based conservation within the Western Ghats mountains of India.

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Why the research is important

Why the research is important

Sirsi is one of the largest citizen science initiatives of its kind, providing opportunities for over 5,000 local stakeholders, including teachers, students, farmers, NGO representatives, village community members and policy makers.

Earthwatch corporate teams explore topics of business relevance around climate change, biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods.

The project is an important location for Earthwatch corporate engagement, and nearly 500 staff from HSBC, TATA, JSW, Ernst & Young and Syngenta have contributed to data collection. The ‘Sustainable Forest Management in a Changing Climate’ programme builds on this legacy and is already achieving remarkable outcomes in terms of understanding amphibian biodiversity and ecology in the region. So far 18 new species have been discovered and one species has been rediscovered for the first time in 76 years. Data gathered by Earthwatch citizen scientists is helping the research team to re-evaluate the IUCN status of amphibian species in the region, where data was previously deficient.

Karnataka is famously the home of the Lion tailed macaque

Karnataka is rich in birds and butterflies, and is famously the home of the lion tailed macaque.

The programme is also making an important contribution to developing conservation priority regions by redefining the previously ad-hoc administrative boundaries, based on a freshwater catchment, land-use and species centric approach.

Work on educational initiatives includes the creation of learning materials, such as a pictorial guide to the frogs and toads of the Western Ghats. ‘Frog Find’ is the first mobile app for Indian amphibians, which makes it possible for citizen scientists across India to identify and record amphibian observations.

About the research area

The Western Ghats, India, Asia

Daily life in the field


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The Scientists


K. V.
Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Bengaluru and Adjunct Scientist at Gubbi Lab

ABOUT K. V. Gururaja

Dr. K. V. Gururaja has spent more than a decade in the Western Ghats and Western Himalayas searching for frogs, observing their behavior, and addressing ecological questions. He has described three new species of frogs and breeding behavior in frogs that was new to science. He wrote a guidebook to the region’s amphibians, the Pictorial Guide to Frogs and Toads of the Western Ghats, and is part of the team that developed “Frog Find,” the first Android mobile app on Indian amphibians.


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Accommodations and Food


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