What is it about?

Environmental changes and anthropogenic threats are continuously degrading the wetland habitats which leads to biodiversity loss. Our study aimed to find out various ecological and anthropogenic threats responsible for increase the extinction probability of the wetland mammals of India. Besides, we have tried to understand the current status of knowledge and the knowledge gap associated with these species. To reach our study goals we have done a systematic literature review followed by an evidence-based conservation. Finally, our study found out three wetland mammals of India for immediate conservation effort.

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Why is it important?

Wetland ecosystem is one of the most reproductive system and also known as 'biological supermarkets', 'kidney of the landscape'. Wetlands are considered as the 'wastelands' in the developing countries like India. Anthropogenic threats, e.g., developmental activities, aquaculture, pollution, destructed and fragmented the wetland habitats. Mammals specialised to live in Indian wetlands play important roles for ecological functioning, e.g. maintain the food web, disperse seeds. To effectively conserve these wetlands, we have to conserve the mammal species. For this reasons, this study try to supply the information on the wetland mammals of India to the policy-makers and conservation practitioner with a primary focus of scientific conservation practice without anecdote and myth.


I think this study will help to formulate conservation strategies on wetland mammals of India more effectively. Besides, our study indicates the future area of research on wetland mammals where the future researchers might find out the opportunities.

Arnab Chatterjee
Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena

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This page is a summary of: Assessing the threats facing wetland mammals in India using an evidence‐based conservation approach, Mammal Review, February 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/mam.12242.
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