CEPF is no longer active in this region.
The Western Ghats of southwestern India is one of the most densely populated of the 36 global biodiversity hotspots.
The Western Ghats Hotspot is extraordinarily rich in species, especially plants, found nowhere else. However, its forests face tremendous population pressure and have been dramatically impacted by demands for timber and agricultural land.
Our investments focus on the Western Ghats, which stretches across an area of 180,000 square kilometers along the west coast of India. The region performs important hydrological and watershed functions, sustaining the approximately 245 million people who live in the Indian states that receive most of their water supply from rivers originating in the region.
While once an area of dense forest, today only one-third of the Western Ghats’ natural vegetation remains in pristine condition. Many remaining forests are highly fragmented and face increasing degradation.