Friends of the Arboretum Luncheon-Lecture Series: Local Lore and World Wonders

Feb 14, 2018

The trees of the Southern Ghats of India are teeming with life, including rare, endemic bird species and magnificent but endangered amphibians. Remarkably, this wildlife thrives amidst areas of intense economic production, including coffee plantations, rubber farms, and arecanut agriculture. Learn how people and wildlife co-exist in southern India, where patchworks of protected areas, settlements, and agriculture create a complex mosaic that supports biodiversity. Presenter Paul Robbins, Director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW–Madison, will review his current collaborative research with researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society and show how threats to conservation can be overcome in some of the most densely settled forests in the world.