Hume Centre for Ecology and Wildlife Biology is a public charitable trust registered and established in the year 2005 at Kalpetta, Wayanad. The institute is an initiative by a group of ecologists, environmentalists and educationalists for the conservation of landscapes, ecosystems and wildlife across India. The Centre is named after the late A O Hume, who laid the foundations for Indian Ornithology. We strive to generate scientific knowledge and translate these into societal actions to facilitate conservation.
Wayanad district in Kerala is part of the Western Ghats which is one the biodiversity hotspots of the world. Unfortunately, this region is highly threatened due to increasing anthropogenic pressures on natural resources such as unscientific and erroneous land use, destructive agricultural practices and extreme weather events in recent times. The strategic ecosystems such as shola grasslands, evergreen and moist deciduous systems, wetlands and riparian forests are degrading. The natural forest cover is dwindling fast and many species including the endemic ones are under severe threat. For these reasons Western Ghats is selected as one of the priority locations for our intervention.
Hume Centre undertakes systematic research on the vulnerable ecosystems, threatened species, agroecosystems and impact of climate change. We care for transferring the research results and novel scientific knowledge to the participating communities and institutions. Further we advocate for suitable conservation action together with the local communities, organizations with similar focus and the local, state and central governments. Along with the research, the Centre emphasizes on science education among the general public to foster scientific temper in the society. We focus on educating children and nurturing young scientists towards quality research and practice of science.