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North Western Ghats moist deciduous forests


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Arati Rao

Arati Kumar-Rao is a National Geographic Explorer, an independent environmental photographer, writer, and artist documenting the slow violence* of ecological degradation. She crisscrosses the South Asian subcontinent following a single story, across seasons, sometimes over years, in order to chronicle South Asia’s changing landscapes and climate, and its effect on livelihoods and biodiversity. She communicates through photos, longform narratives, and art, and is working on her first book.

She is currently on a National Geographic grant to document forced human migration in India.