Western Ghats, India

Planning Stage

Western Ghats

Western Ghats, India

Height: TBD  |  Length: TBD  |  Built: TBD  |  Engineering firm: TBD


The forests of this eco-region are now highly fragmented due to clearing for human settlement, reservoirs, various cash-crop agriculture, coffee, tea, rubber, and cardamom plantations, and forestry plantations of acacia and introduced eucalyptus. Still, because of the high endemism in these mountains, conservation of even the fragments is important. The priority conservation actions for the next decade are to: 1) integrate the remnant forest patches into a landscape-scale conservation plan for protection and necessary restoration; 2) enhance habitat connectivity for wildlife by establishing corridors between forest fragments; and 3) build conservation partnerships with local landowners and stakeholders through innovative land-use policy and incentives.


  1. Create a plan to share forests with 1.2 billion Indian citizens without degrading the ecosystem.
  2. Give local people a sense of pride in their region’s wealth of biodiversity, and an understanding of how its conservation is crucial to their own well-being, working closely with indigenous religious values that view elements of nature as sacred.
  3. Build a canopy to create both local and international ecotourism and a demand for conservation in a region where biodiversity is increasingly at risk

India: a Biodiversity "Hot Spot"

The Western Ghats are considered to be the abrupt edges of the continental plate that broke away from the
Gondwanaland supercontinent. This area extends along India’s West coast and represents one of the world’s
great tropical forests and biodiversity hotspots. This eco-region represents the upper montane forests along the
Western Ghats mountain range, from North of Mumbai to the Wyanad evergreen forests in the South.

About 90 mammal and 325 bird species are endemic to the Western Ghats, including several threatened species,
and India’s large charismatic speciesespecially tigers and elephants. Some of the important endemic birds in
the region include the Nilgiri woodpigeon, Malabar grey hornbill, grey-headed bulbul, and the Malabar parakeet.
These fruit-eating birds, or frugivores, perform the important role of spreading seeds and maintaining forest
architecture. In partnership with ATREE (Ashoka Trust for Research on Ecology and the Environment), TREE
Foundation collaborated to initiate canopy research in the Western Ghats almost twenty years ago; but to date,
public access to these unique forests is almost nonexistent.

What is a "Hot Spot"?

A “Hot Spot” is a forest habitat of high biodiversity and critical environmental importance. Unfortunately, many of these ecosystems are threatened by habitat destruction, climate change, and other factors. MISSION GREEN believes that these areas could significantly benefit from a canopy walkway conservation program.

MISSION GREEN Global "Hot Spots"

Canopy Walkways and Walkway Prospect Locations

1. Amazonian Peru (1994)

2. Myakka River State Park, Florida (2000)

3. The Habitat Penang Hill, Malaysia (2017) – Built and Funded!

4. Sequoia Park Zoo, Eureka, California (2021) – Built and Funded!

5. Ranomafana State Park, Madagascar

6. Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique

7. Western Ghats, India

8. Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan

9. Baiyer River Rainforest Reserve, Papua New Guinea

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