Western Ghats biodiversity Book focuses on 52 amphibian species.
Tata Power, in collaboration with Ela Foundation, has released the fourth book in a series on ‘Amphibians of the Northern Western Ghats,’ a photographic guide to all 52 species of amphibians in Gujarat, Diu, Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli, Maharashtra, and Goa highlighting the rich biodiversity of Maharashtra’s western ghats.
Vijay Namjoshi, Chief-Generation, Tata Power, launched the book on Thursday in Mumbai, in the presence of Prabhakar Kale, Chief Hydros, and Parag Railkar, Chief-Civil, and Estate, as well as members of the Ela foundation. Satish Pande wrote the book, with help from Vivek Vishwasrao and Gram Purohit.
Emphasis on neglected species
According to a Tata Power representative, the book’s goal is to foster appreciation and protection of a neglected taxon. It includes contemporary taxonomy and scientific nomenclature, identification advice, and endemic and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List species.
Namjoshi believes that comprehending biodiversity through professional scientific research is the first critical step toward conservation. Tata Power’s commitment to biodiversity conservation is part of its bigger ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance.) responsibility to build more sustainable operations that benefit all stakeholders in the long run. ‘We will continue to encourage and invest in such projects in the future,’ Namjoshi stated.
Prabhakar Kale believed that the book will aid researchers and academics in conservation efforts and in protecting water bodies that serve as amphibians’ natural homes. Satish Pande, Director of the Ela Foundation, stated that the book is the first of its sort and aims to conserve the underappreciated taxon.