|Town/Region||South Western Ghats|
|Date||17 Jan 2004|
Fragmentation leads to loss of area, creates forest edges and causes species loss. This could affect key mutualistic interactions between species. Keystone tree species play an important role in supporting the pollinator and frugivore assemblage in rainforests and in turn gets its flowers pollinated or seeds dispersed. Fragmentation can affect this cycle as fragments could have depauperate pollinator and frugivore community leading to poor pollination or seed dispersal. Consequently this could threaten the survival of the keystone species triggering a cascading effect leading to species extinction.
Fragments actually harbour lot of biodiversity and we need a comprehensive plan to conserve them which requires knowledge on how viable the fragments are today. Many of the rainforest fragments lie in private estates and many of their managers are receptive to nature and nature conservation. This study will help show them why it is necessary to conserve these patches to retain their biodiversity and avail the ecosystem services provided by them in their estate. Such information could be used for long term conservation planning of the fragments.
Read about Soubadra's previous project http://www.ruffordsmallgrants.org/rsg/Projects/SoubadraDevy