Biodiversity and ecological significance of Niyamgiri hill ranges
Ecological status of a particular region is determined by assessing its biodiversity, prevailing conditions of the environment and their interactions with the species. Such an assessment is carried out by estimating the no. of species, their relative abundance, habitat preference of keystone species and prevailing threats to them which might helps to evaluate the protection needs of a habitat, considering its local and global distribution,. This is the first and preliminary attempt to document the biodiversity along with habitat conditions and possible management strategies considering the socio-economic-ecological linkages in the Niyamgiri hill ranges.