an Eco-development Committee (EDC) has been working towards protection of the Periyar
Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Kerala.
Periyar Tiger Reserve lies in the Western Ghats in the Idukki District, Kerala. The reserve lies along the watershed of
the Periyar and Pamba rivers. In 1978, the Periyar sanctuary was declared as a
Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger.
1996, the Kerala Forest and Wildlife Department launched the India
Eco-Development Project (EDP) for the Periyar Tiger Reserve with financial
assistance from the World Bank’s and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The
important components of the EDP are a) village eco-development programmes, b) improved
protected area management, and c) environmental education and awareness