The Worldwide Association for Preservation and Restoration of Ecological Diversity (WAPRED) is an environmental NGO which aims to promote ecological awareness and develop sustainable methods of agriculture within the Western Ghats region of India. Based in the Coorg district of Karnataka state, WAPRED was established in 1997.
Organic Pest Control
Previously, our major research activities have focused on the development of botanically-derived pest control agents (Supported by a grant from National Geographic Society)
We have been able to restore a trophic balance in our ecosystem. Today, our ecosystem supports high numbers of predators (birds, frogs, dragonflies, spiders, etc.), which keeps the insect pests in check naturally. We are now focusing on maintaining healthy living soils to support healthy crops.
Our current development initiatives are focused on building bridges within our farming community. In 2005, we were awarded 1st prize from eco-club.com for a project to establish the Galibeedu Organic Association, a cooperative and resource-sharing network for local subsistence farmers in Kodagu. This has allowed WAPRED to share its research and organic practices with other local growers; however, there is still resistance to change environmentally harmful practices. Demonstration of the economic benefits of sustainable cultivation will provide added incentive. We are looking into new marketing options for local farmers and building an economic case for the adoption of sustainable methods.
In 2007, we joined forces with other organic farmers in Kodagu district, forming the Organic Association of Kodagu (OAK).
We are continuously documenting the amazing diversity of plant and animal life found here. Rare species of tree frogs have been documented and reported. (M. Halley and A. Goel. Herpetological Review, 2012, 43(2), 233-235.)We have completed and recently published the results of a comprehensive 3 years research project to examine how agricultural methods (organic vs. conventional/chemical) affect biodiversity levels in Kodagu district. This study (which looks at ground insects and Nymphalid butterflies) clearly shows that organic plantations of coffee and cardamom support a significantly greater biodiversity than their chemical counterparts.paper
Lobelia nicotinaefolia - Wild Tobacco.
Local farmers meeting.