By Snehaa Sundaram and Amrit Menon, Wildlife Trust of India

Western Ghats in India, one of global biodiversity hotspots and UNESCO World Heritage site, is home to a miscellany of taxa including about 170 amphibian species, new ones continue to be discovered every year. However, the rich biodiversity of the Western Ghats is facing threats of habitat fragmentation.

Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), a leading Indian nature conservation non-profit organization adopts a comprehensive approach to conserving biodiversity through long and short term measures including on-ground action to address emergent conservation needs through its Rapid Action Projects. People and nature go hand in hand, unquestionably several studies point to the success stories of community-based conservation models in a habitat. With the realization that wildlife in India is afflicted by a gamut of threats the concept of Rapid Action projects was introduced to promote partnerships with committed individuals and grassroots agencies, who are provided a multitude