Resource assessment of high biodiversity value species with biofuel potential from North Western Ghats of India

Geographical coverage

Geographical scale of the assessment Sub-regional,Set of sites
Country or countries covered
Any other necessary information or explanation for identifying the location of the assessment, including site or region name

Coastal districts of Maharashtra. Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg

Conceptual framework, methodology and scope

Assessment objectives

  • To understand the conservation status of IUCN redlist species in the coastal areas of Maharashtra

  • To assess the potential of the selected species for sustainable utilization

  • To generate knowledge and awareness about the role of native and rare species in sustainable energy future

Mandate for the assessment

The mandate of the assessment was to study the density and distribution of IUCN redlist species- Calophyllum innophyllum on the west coast of Maharashtra and its role in sustainable bio-fuel production

Conceptual framework and/or methodology used for the assessment

Other (please specify)

URL or copy of conceptual framework developed or adapted

System(s) assessed

  • Coastal
  • Inland water

Species groups assessed


Ecosystem services/functions assessed


  • Timber/fibres
  • Medicinal resources
  • Energy/fuel


  • Erosion prevention
  • Pollination

Supporting Services/Functions

  • Habitat maintenance
  • Soil formation and fertility

Cultural Services

Scope of assessment includes

Drivers of change in systems and services


Impacts of change in services on human well-being


Options for responding/interventions to the trends observed


Explicit consideration of the role of biodiversity in the systems and services covered by the assessment


Timing of the assessment

Year assessment started


Year assessment finished


If ongoing, year assessment is anticipated to finish

Periodicity of assessment

One off

Assessment outputs



Resource assessment of high biodiversity value species with biofuel potential from North Western Ghats.

Communication materials (e.g. brochure, presentations, posters, audio-visual media)

Journal publications

Training materials

Other documents/outputs

Tools and processes

Tools and approaches used in the assessment

  • Indicators

Process used for stakeholder engagement in the assessment process and which component

Key stakeholder groups engaged

The number of people directly involved in the assessment process

Incorporation of scientific and other types of knowledge

  • Scientific information only
  • Resource experts (e.g. foresters etc)
  • Traditional/local knowledge

Supporting documentation for specific approaches, methodology or criteria developed and/or used to integrate knowledge systems into the assessment

Assessment reports peer reviewed



Accessibility of data used in assessment

Policy impact

Impacts the assessment has had on policy and/or decision making, as evidenced through policy references and actions

Calophyllum innophyllum is being considered as sustainable feedstock for bio-fuel production. The assessment report forms the basis for inclusion of the species in indicators and criterion developed for RSB standard for sustainable biofuel production

Independent or other review on policy impact of the assessment


Lessons learnt for future assessments from these reviews

Capacity building

Capacity building needs identified during the assessment

Actions taken by the assessment to build capacity

Network and sharing experiences, Access to funding, Developing/promoting and providing access to support tools, Communication and awareness raising

How have gaps in capacity been communicated to the different stakeholders

Knowledge generation

Gaps in knowledge identified from the assessment

How gaps in knowledge have been communicated to the different stakeholders

Additional relevant information