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Edhkwehlynawd Botanical Refuge Centre Trust

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The Edhkwehlynawd (‘place with a spectacular view’ in Toda) Botanical Refuge (EBR) is a small oasis in the Upper Nilgiris of south India where a silent movement to restore an ancient ecological landscape is taking shape with the effort of ordinary citizens.

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Why 2020?

We can stop the sixth mass extinction if we protect approximately 50% of the 846 ecoregions that provide habitat for all of Earth's biodiversity. That means finding leaders and organizations around the world willing to align exisiting efforts around protecting and interconnecting nature in the region.

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The Edhkwehlynawd Botanical Refuge (EBR) Centre Trust was established more recently with the hope of achieving a synthesis of objectives. Among the more important of these are:
  1. To restore the original ecology in a degraded zone surrounded by areas of high biodiversity,
  2. To propagate the plant species crucial to the Todas,
  3. To reintroduce and propagate the endangered flora of the Nilgiris,
  4. To prevent further degradation and encroachment onto the adjacent hinterland,
  5. The protection and preservation of all the mammals, birds and amphibians of the area, including the Toda buffalo, which is a breed restricted to the Nilgiris district
  6. To establish a botanical documentation and ecological research centre. This would have live, seed, herbarium, photographic and illustrative records of the rare, endemic and endangered flora of this area.

Toda Breed Buffalo Conservation Project

he ‘Toda buffalo’ represents one of the few breeds of the Asiatic water buffalo, Bubalus bubalis, and like their masters, is restricted to the Nilgiris. Hence, it is very important to conserve the purebred Toda buffalo not only for its importance to the Todas, but also for preserving their genetic purity.

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