The Mhadei Conservation Facility is being established to provide a platform for wildlife researchers to document and study the biodiversity of the Mhadei Bio region that encompasses the states of Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra. The region has been acknowledged as a Mega Biodiversity Hotspot as it is a part of the Western Ghats Range and has also been recognized as an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International. The region is a recognized Tiger Conservation Unit (Mark II) and is also known for the discovery of the Mhadei Caecilian, a legless amphibian that is new to science.
The first of its kind in this region, the Mhadei Conservation Facility aims to fill the lacuna of wildlife research on lesser known species of this region including lesser known mammals, reptiles and amphibians and medicinal plant species amongst others. It seeks to document people’s knowledge of the biodiversity, build bridges between modern day scientific techniques and traditional knowledge and bring about an awareness of the Mhadei region and its unique biodiversity.
With just ove two months of completion time left for this dream to come true, the progress of the work is on schedule and with great enthusiasm and vigor, our efforts to welcome the Rain Gods from this facility will surely be successful.