SNAPP TEAM:Landscape Connectivity in India
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What approaches can decision-makers and planners employ to ensure that rural infrastructure development in India maintains connectivity of the landscape for wildlife while meeting needs for economic development?

Roads, rail, and other infrastructure are fundamental for India’s economic development. Yet, these linear features sever connectivity between protected areas. Protected areas in India are often too small to support viable populations of wide-ranging species, such as elephants and tigers. Connectivity is crucial for genetic viability of these species.


OUR APPROACH: This group will help decision-makers plan for infrastructure development while maintaining connectivity of the landscape. By using scientific evidence to identify major challenges for wildlife connectivity across India, it will produce open access data layers and analysis.

Team Status: ONGOING
Team Critical Challenge: The Value of Nature
  • Establish a platform for communication and planning across the conservation community and sectors involved in infrastructure expansion
  • Provide an information base for evaluating alternative strategies for infrastructure development in India
  • Apply the analyses of alternative strategies to two forested biodiversity rich landscapes in India – Central India and the Western Ghats – where infrastructure is expanding


Ruth DeFries
Columbia University
Krithi Karanth
Wildlife Conservation Society
Ullas Karanth
Wildlife Conservation Society
Robert Ament
Western Transportation Institute
Praveen Bhargav
Wildlife First
Naveen Bhat
NU Associates
Pranav Chanchani
World Wildlife Fund
Ashwini Chhatre
Indian School of Business
Trishna Dutta
Independent Researcher
Niren Jain
Kudhremukh Wildlife Foundation
Anisha Jayadevan
Centre for Wildlife Studies
M. K. Jiwrajka
Indian Forest Service
Suman Jumani
Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning
A S Karanth
DEIF India
Jagdish Krishnaswamy
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
Ajith Kumar
Wildlife Conservation Society
Vinay Kumar
Wildlife Conservation Society
R. Mohanty
India International Infrastructure Engineers
Tarun Nair
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
Rajat Nayak
Foundation for Ecological Research Advocacy and Learning
Kirk Olson
Wildlife Conservation Society
Milind Pariwakam
Wildlife Conservation Trust
Udayan Patil
Srushti Paryavaran Mandal
Mandar Pawgi
Conservationist, Maharashtra
K Ramesh
Wildlife Institute of India
M. Seshagiri Rao
Rail India Technical and Economic Services
Shishir Rao
Centre for Wildlife Studies
D S Ravindran
Forests, Khazane – II) and Ex –Officio Commissioner, Treasuries
Kishore Rithe
SATPUDA Foundation
Nitya Satheesh
Centre for Wildlife Studies
Subhorajan Sen
Pench Tiger Reserve
Shankar Sharma
Power Policy Analyst, Private
Ramki Sreenivasan
Conservation India
Prakriti Srivastava
Forests, Eco Development and Tribal Welfare
Prachi Thatte
National Centre for Biological Sciences
Srinivas Vaidyanathan
Foundation for Ecological Research Advocacy and Learning
Anubhav Vanamamalai
Centre for Wildlife Studies
Ashoka Vardhana
Freelance Writer and Publisher
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