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


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