Sky Islands of Northern Western Ghats: Big Stories from Small Places

Sky islands are major biodiversity hotspots in India. The biodiversity in these isolated high elevated grasslands is threatened as cities begin to emerge between them. Conservation efforts in tropical countries like India are mostly directed towards forests; hence the protection of grasslands is warranted.

The Kaas plateau witnesses mass flowering during the months of September and October which attract many tourists. This has persuaded villagers to come together to form a Joint Forest Management Committee which controls the movement of tourists on the plateau. It also distributes the financial profits among the villages towards the advancement of basic facilities like roads and schools.

The video is a humble effort to bring to document the role of the natives in preserving the biodiversity of a laterite plateau of Western Ghats. It also outlines the research work undertaken by the creators at the Tropical Ecology and Evolution (TrEE) lab, IISER Bhopal including long term monitoring of plant phenology, a study of species-specific interactions and plant-pollinator networks. Here we also describe our efforts of spreading awareness among the visiting tourists through the developments of rapid field guides.

  • Saket Shrotri
    Director
  • Vinita Gowda
    Writer
  • Saket Shrotri
    Writer
  • Sooraj Krishnan
    Writer
  • Agnes Francila
    Writer
  • Saket Shrotri
    Producer
  • Sooraj Krishnan
    Producer
  • Vinita Gowda
    Producer
  • Agnes Francila
    Narrator
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 10, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director - Saket Shrotri