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South Western Ghats moist deciduous forests, South Western Ghats montane rainforests


Restoration Practitioner, Field biologist, Botanist, Conservationist

Years of experience
20+ years

Anita Varghese

Keystone Foundation and Nilgiri Natural History Society

Her interests are in conservation specifically on sustainable use, non-timber forest products and long term population dynamics of harvested species, human wildlife interactions, invasive plants, cycads, and endangered trees. Overall her work looks at the factors that mediate the relationship between people and nature. Specifically how the goals of conservation and development can be harmonised. Anita leads the Biodiversity team at Keystone which undertakes implementation and action research projects on human wildlife interactions, apiculture, restoration and climate change. The community based conservation program at Keystone is supported by a team of Barefoot Ecologists who are local indigenous women, men and youth. She is one of the founders of the Nilgiri Natural History Society.