Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises of India
A platform for exchanging information on India's freshwater turtles and tortoises.

Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises of India (FTTI) is dedicated to the Indian freshwater turtles and tortoises on the India Biodiveristiy Portal (IBP). On the project page, you will find species pages and observations with information on their identification features, habitats, geographical distribution, and ecology. FTTI provides a platform for students, researchers and biodiversity enthusiasts in documenting much needed information on turtles. This project aims at shedding light on these neglected yet ecologically significant species by creating a comprehensive database on turtles and their distribution. Your sightings can contribute to prioritising efforts to conserving these elusive species and their habitats.

Year of Initiation:
2016
Project Coordinator:
Sneha Dharwadkar
Role in the project:
Co-founder
Institutional Affiliation:
Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises Foundation
Taxa:
Freshwater turtles and tortoises
Status:
Active
No. of participants:
Above 1000
Geographical spread of project:
ALL INDIA
Run through an umbrella platform:
India Biodiversity Portal
Purpose of the project:

To create a comprehensive database on turtles (native and invasive) and their distribution, and conduct dedicated outreach to disseminate information on their identification features, habitats, geographical distribution, and basic ecology

Coordinating institution/organisation:
Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises Foundation
Location of the coordinating institution/organisation(s):
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Data availability:
Immediately available to anyone
Participation in language other than English:
No
Appropriate age groups of participants:
All age groups
Citizen participation through:
Website, Mobile application
Why should people participate:

Despite being one of the most threatened vertebrate groups, crucial yet easily accessible information on the distribution of the freshwater turtles and tortoises, their ecology and habitat interactions are lacking even today. Observations from turtle enthusiasts and nature lovers serve an important tools in generating information on these animals.

Prior knowledge or expertise required:

None