Livelihood Support

The Western Ghats mountain chain is one among the 36 global biodiversity hotspots supporting significant biodiversity and endemicity, particularly among vascular plants, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. This chain of mountains spans 140,000 sq. km, traversing the Indian states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, and Gujarat.

Bhadra landscape inWestern Ghats Landscape

WCS-India supports its government and non-government partners by playing an active role in this landscape to address several complex conservation issues. The main goal is to ensure the long-term persistence of the threatened mammalian fauna and consolidation of critical wildlife habitats in the Western Ghats, while aiding in positive socio-economic outcomes for the marginalized forest-dwelling communities living within or around these critical wildlife habitats.

Facilitating the Government-sponsored voluntary relocation program 

Crop yield at Sollepura Resettlement

Voluntary relocation is a government-funded program which supports willing families to voluntarily resettle outside the Protected Areas. When implemented fairly and efficiently, it is a “Win-Win situation” and a potent tool for social upliftment of the marginalized forest-dwelling communities. It also aids in forest and wildlife recovery by creating large inviolate spaces inside PAs. 

Happy farmer at Shettihalli Resettlement

We help in post-voluntary relocation support by aiding families in establishing livelihood as well as providing skill-based training. Additionally, we provide access to quality medical help, sponsor higher education of many tribal students, empower these communities by supporting self-help groups as well as access other government schemes that will help in livelihood, educational and other social security support.  


Beneficiaries of the Government sponsored voluntary relocation programme in their new house outside the PA in Wayanad

For two decades, we have been actively supporting many voluntarily resettled families from various protected areas in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Our efforts in supporting the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh government are also ongoing.

Bharati, the first female member of Gram Panchayat in Sollepura

Supporting private-funded land purchase in critical wildlife habitats for consolidation of these lands with PAs:

Gaur herd seen in the purchased land after voluntary relocation in Bhagawathi

WCS-India facilitates purchase of lands within the PAs for families who want to voluntarily relocate outside the PA. The land thus purchased is handed over to the Forest Department and the Forest Department notifies and integrates it into the existing PA system. 

Programme Partners:

Hebballa Girijana Punaravasathi Samithi-Hebballa, Nagarahole NP

Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd.

Masthigudi Adivasi Gramabivriddhi Samithi- Masthigudi , Nagarahole NP

NatWest Group

Shettihalli Girijana Gramabivriddhi Samithi- Shettihalli, Nagarahole NP

Shri Veereshwara Grama Punarvasathi Samathi, Chengadi, Male Mahadeshwara WLS

SBI Foundation
SBI Foundation, in partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society-India is working towards a project titled “Empowering Rural communities living in and around protected forest areas in the Western Ghats of India”. This project will address the resettlement needs of 150 voluntarily relocated families from National Parks across Western Ghats over a period of one year. Through providing support in the post-relocation phase, this project will aim to bring about rural development by addressing the issues related to livelihood generation in the once marginalized forest-dwelling communities that have voluntarily moved out of the PAs.


Trail-blazing journey from a forest-dweller to a 'super farmer'

Meet Daasi, the tribal woman from the Sollepura resettlement colony, who had no clue about farming few years ago, but is now a model farmer!

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Photo Copyrights: Prakash Matada/IORAPRO, Manish Machaiah, Govindappa H L, Niren Jain






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