|Start Date:||Sep, 2021|
|Department||Ecology Geomatics Photo Archives|
|Julien.andrieu AT ifpindia DOT org|
Western Ghats is a unique mountain ecosystem comprised of different tropical forest and grassland landscapes that harbour high levels of biological diversity and endemism.
Scientists from both the French Institute of Pondicherry and The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda have studied this global hotspot of biodiversity for decades, resulting in the collection of important data organized in as-yet inaccessible databases.
The project team plans to curate and digitize around 60,000 herbarium specimens covering the whole of Western Ghats, producing a valuable asset for conservation science that serves as a precedent for other institutions to digitize and publish open data from their natural history collections—a goal further supported by the the organization of a training programme aimed at developing institutional capacity in other Indian institutions.