Eco Development Wing
Village Eco-Development is a ﬂagship activity in PTR that incorporates multidisciplinary stakeholder strategies that are pivotal to the sustenance of our conservation-oriented protection.PTR’s northwest and south fringe within Kerala are heavily populated. Nearly 0.40 million people who live within the 2 km ambit of PTR depend on it directly or indirectly for fuelwood, thatching grass and other Non-Timber Forest produces (NTFPs). The main aim of Village Eco-Development is to support livelihood opportunities of Forest Dependent people through the mechanism of Participatory Forest Management (PFM), later known by the name Periyar Model, adopted in Tiger Reserves across India. The transformation of “Poachers to Protectors” is a milestone in the success stories of PTR., Conducting PRA, preparation, and implementation of micro plans, Pilgrim Management – Sabarimala and Mangaladevi are the major functional activities of Village Eco-development. Organic pepper and Honey collection and fishing are the value addition activities of PTR for mainstreaming and enhancing the livelihood of the tribal communities. PTR is at the forefront for adopting climate change mitigation measures by implementing Climate Resilient Farming strategies in 3.5 acres of tribal settlement - A project funded by DoECC for supporting livelihood and sustainable farming activities for long-term conservation. To date, 81 EDCs are functioning in PTR. There are 8 SAPP (Swamy Ayappan Poomkavana Punarudharana) EDCs functioning in the traditional trek route for a livelihood by indulging in pilgrimage season vending.