Anita Varghese
Director Biodiversity Programmes
Keystone Foundation
Anita holds a Bachelor’s in Zoology (Bombay University), Masters in Ecology (Pondicherry University) and a Doctorate in Botany (University of Hawaii). She leads the Biodiversity team at Keystone which undertakes implementation and action research projects on Human wildlife interactions, Apiculture, Restoration, Field Courses, Climate Change. The community based conservation program at Keystone is supported by a team of Barefoot Ecologists who are local indigenous women, men and youth. She is one of the founders of the Nilgiri Natural History Society. She is Chair of the Western Ghats Plant Specialist Group of the SSC IUCN and steering committee member of the Sustainable use and livelihoods SG.
Her interests are in plant conservation specifically on sustainable use, non-timber forest products, long term population dynamics of harvested species, invasive plants, cycads, and forest trees. Her work looks at the factors that mediate the relationship between people and nature, specifically how the goals of conservation and development can be harmonised.
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