Tervan-Medhe conservation field Station is a full-service residential field station located at Western Ghats of Maharastra, India. We offer summer field workshops, Research programs for students, faculty- driven research projects, Bio diversity learning workshops for kids, , outdoor activities, and more. An average high-season day at TMCFS holds 15-20 students, including undergraduate and graduate students, research faculty from around the world, and family members. Everyone in the community works, eats, and lives together, integrating research and mentorship in the truest sense of conservation field station.
The Station is remote but accessible, and is surrounded by sharp ecological gradients and fine-scale changes in habitat– ideal conditions for studying ecology and evolution. Visiting students conduct research in plant and animal population biology, behavioral ecology, life history evolution, community ecology, ecological genetics, biosystematics, epidemiology, conservation biology, and the physiology of behavior. Biologists interested in field studies are encouraged to consider TMCFS as a home for their research. Station use is supported year round.
Immersion in protected natural areas is a key appeal of TMCFS for both research and training. The station sits on a remote wooded valley at Bio diversity hotspot of western Ghats. The Western Ghats or Sahyadri is a mountain range that runs parallel to the western coast of the Indian peninsula, located entirely in India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the eight “hottest hotspots” of biological diversity in the world. It has over 7,402 species of flowering plants,1814 species of non-flowering plants, 139 mammal species, 508 bird species, 179 amphibian species, 6000 insects species and 290 freshwater fish species; it is likely that many undiscovered species live in the Western Ghats. At least 325 globally threatened species occur in the Western Ghats.
Every year many researchers/ university students/ wildlife enthusiast/ photographers and documentary makers visit and use facilities of TERVAN-MEDHE CONSERVATION FIELD STATION to study, film, photograph wildlife and ecology of rainforest.
Tervan-Medhe conservation field station work to prevent encroachment because of expansion of agriculture and aquaculture, destruction of habitat for residential and commercial development, use of bio-resources and energy products and mining. Of the 227 reptiles assessed in study, 107 were endemic to the Western Ghats, 50 to South India and 157 species to both Western Ghats and south India. In the Western Ghats, 18 species are threatened and eight are in the near-threatened category. There is not enough data on 38 species. some are critically endangered.
“There is still not enough information on reptiles of Western Ghats and peninsular India. This is a huge impediment when it comes to conservation efforts,” the report published by Red List says. Though a large number of species has been accorded protection, superstition, man-animal conflict, and poaching for skin and medicine% take a toll.
TERVAN-MEDHE CONSERVATION FIELD STATION work with Local people to conserve bio diversity of western ghats. Many people of a great variety of cultures and land-use practices live in or around tropical forests. Although these people are all in some way dependent on forests, they have little else in common. In recent years, however, it has become much harder for forest-dependent people to use local forests and their products, owing to deforestation, logging, population pressure or legal initiatives such as the declaration of state forests, national parks or wildlife reserves.
Although local participation is important in forest conservation, there are circumstances in which it is absolutely necessary, for example high population pressures and resource use conflicts, communal ownership and in smaller and more vulnerable protected .In such cases, conservation without local participation is doomed to failure. Nevertheless, participation in itself provides no guarantee of success. At present TMCFS is working on below issues with local people to protect and preserve Bio diversity of the reign
- Joint forest Management:
Endorsed a strategy of joint forest management (JFM), in which forestry departments and communities jointly manage forests and share rights and responsibilities. A key lesson of the JFM experience in India is that involving local communities in forest management can lead to more effective forest protection. Another lesson is that successful conservation depends on cooperation from local people and forestry officials, and on legal and institutional backing from the State.
- Sustainable development in line with society’s economic, social, and environmental goals through forestry and the people.
To archive this Tervan – Medhe conservation field station convincing local stakeholders to better manage their forest resources for financial gain from efforts in applying sustainable forest management. Tervan- Medhe conservation center helping Local people to Harvest of subsistence food sources (including nuts, fruits, tubers and fungi), Bamboo, Medicine plants and Honey. which will have minimal impact on forest genetic resources.
- Agro ecology
Agro ecology is concerned with the maintenance of a productive agriculture that sustains yields and optimizes the use of local resources while minimizing the negative environmental and socio-economic impacts of modern agro business. The agro ecological approach is culturally sensitive to the complexities of local agriculture, and includes properties of ecological sustainability, food security, economic viability, resource conservation and social equity, as well as increased production. Agro ecology develops alternatives that reduce external inputs, lessen the impacts of such inputs when they are used, and establishes a basis for designing systems that help farmers sustain their farms and their farming communities. The ultimate goal of TERVAN -MEDHE CONSERVATION FIELD STATION with help of Agriculture department on agro ecological design is to integrate components so that overall biological efficiency is improved, biodiversity is preserved, and the agro ecosystem productivity and its self-sustaining capacity is maintained. Soil is of major importance in agro ecosystems. Maintaining soil vitality is the very basis of sustainable land use. Sustainable agriculture applies ecological principles of the regulation of the abundance and distribution of species and their activities in space and time. The goal is to design agro ecosystems within a landscape unit, which mimic the structure and function of natural ecosystems.
- Promoting Eco- tourism:
Through promoting Eco tourism in reign Tervan-Medhe conservation field station promotes values like sensitivity to the environment, active participation in conservation efforts, education, and support for natives. Tervan- Medhe conservation filed station encourages preserving the flora and fauna as well as cleanliness of environment by making as little environmental impact as possible when visiting an ecological habitat. Key to sustainable ecological development, Eco tourism also encourages making use of natural products in every aspect of life, and create job opportunities for local villagers.
- Creating awareness of Bio diversity in school children
Tervan-Medhe conservation field station conduct weekend workshops for school children. where Professional staff give education to school children about ecology of rain forest, training for young naturalists, Insect life, observations, camera traps, Identifying trees and survival tactics.