W G B N Project Approach

1. Identifying a compact landscape of 5-50 sq.km. for investigations obtaining background maps and statistics.

2. Contacting local people, identifying especially knowledgeable individuals such as dispensers of herbal medicines, fisherfolk, minor forest produce collectors; also contacting local school teachers and leaders and inviting their participation.

3. Mapping the landscape in terms of constituent habitats, ascertaining local ecological history of ongoing habitat transformation and causes of these transformations.

4. Investigating a representative sample of the various habitat types of the landscape in terms of levels of biodiversity of selected taxa such as medicinal plants, wild relatives of cultivated plants, lichens, earthworms, fish and birds.

5. Documenting local knowledge, uses, conservation practices and understanding of threats to the selected elements of biodiversity.

6. Providing such documentation as a community register of local biodiversity, its uses and conservation practices in the local language.

7. Assessing implications of ongoing habitat transformations for levels of biodiversity.

8. Translating this information into suggestions as to concrete conservation measures and biodiversity friendly interventions.

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