Intermediate to Moist Deciduous Teak Forest
(Tectona- Dillenia- Lagerstroemia Lanceolata- Terminalia Paniculata Series )
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the Nilgiri Biosphere in Western Ghats, the forests surrounding Wayanad, Kerala are immensely complex systems. They take on multiple identities- host to innumerable flora and fauna species, home to indigenous communities, and an impenetrable jungle, among others. This project aims to study this system through the lens of a wetland ecosystem that is seemingly unique to the region. Due to encroachment by colonial-era plantation forestry, the formation of these seasonal marshlands (‘vayal’) has been hindered. This project aims to interpret these complex ecosystems and identify a possible reconciliation or collaborative survival between forests, farms, and ‘unseen’ waters.