Riparian Systems of Western Ghats

Neethi Mahesh

Neethi Mahesh is a Conservation Consultant at WCS-India. She has been working in the field of ecology and conservation, with special interest in freshwater species, habitats, riverine communities and policies. Her work in the Cauvery river focuses on spatial ecology, with the Mahseer fish as indicator species, while exploring and developing a holistic landscape level approach, towards riverine habitats. Neethi currently works in collaboration with the Jenu Kuruba, forest dwelling community in Coorg District and in collaboration with the Forest Department in a pilot riparian restoration initiative. Her work also includes developing a citizen science model for freshwater ecosystems such as lakes, streams and rivers through a technology based platform called Our River, Our Life, which will help facilitate monitoring and reporting of these lesser known ecosystems. An understanding of current trends through applied research and collaborations with local and international organisations and stakeholders from respective communities to address location specific needs and solutions, she believes is the sustainable way forward. Her interest in collaborations with other researchers and organisations has brought Neethi to WCS, in order to increase the capacity to contribute towards conservation of riparian/ riverine habitats.

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