NGO and Advocacy Institution in the Field of Environment

There have been several Government and Nongovernment organizations that have led to environmental protection in our country. They have led to a growing interest in environmental protection and conservation of nature and natural resources. Bombay Natural History Society, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, Botanical Survey of India, Wild life Institute of India, Dehradun etc. are some prominent Institutes which are working intensely in the field of protection of Environment wildlife.
Created On: Aug 14, 2015 16:48 IST

There are so many institutions and NGOs are working in the field of Environment to save it from degradation throughout the world and India. Some Indian NGOs & Institutions are given below.

  • Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Mumbai: the BNHS began as a small society of six members in 1883. The influences on wildlife policy building, research, popular publications and people’s action have been unique features of the multifaceted society. It is India’s oldest conservation research based NGO and one that has acted at the forefront of the battle for species and ecosystems.
  1. The BNHS publishes a popular magazine called Hornbill and also an internationally well-known Journal on Natural History.
  2. Its other publications include the Salim Ali Handbook on birds, JC Daniel’s book of Indian Reptiles, SH Prater’s book of Indian Mammals and PV Bole’s book of Indian Trees.
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-I), New Delhi: The WWF-I was initiated in 1969 in Mumbai after which the headquarters were shifted to Delhi with several branch offices all over India. The early years focused attention on wildlife education and awareness. It runs several programs including the Nature Clubs of India program for school children and works as a think tank and lobby force for environment and development issues.
  • Center for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi: Activities of this Center include organizing campaigns, holding workshops and conferences, and producing environment related publications. It published a major document on the ‘State of India’s Environment’, the first of its kind to be produced as a Citizen’s Report on the Environment. The CSE also publishes a popular magazine, ‘Down to Earth’ which is a Science and Environment fortnightly
  • CPR Environmental Education Centre, Madras: The CPR EEC was set up in 1988. It conducts a variety of programs to spread environmental awareness and creates an interest in conservation among the general public.
  • Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Ahmedabad: The Centre for Environment Education, Ahmedabad was initiated in 1989. It has a wide range of programs on the environment and produces a variety of educational material. CEE’s Training in Environment Education {TEE} program has trained many environment educators
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research (BVIEER), Pune: This is part of the Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University. The Institute has a PhD, a Masters and Bachelors program in Environmental Sciences. It also offers an innovative Diploma in Environment Education for in-service teachers. It implements a large outreach programme that has covered over 135 schools in which it trains teachers and conducts fortnightly Environment Education Programs.
  • Uttarakhand Seva Nidhi (UKSN), Almora: The Organization is a Nodal Agency which supports NGOs in need of funds for their environment related activities. Its major program organizing and training school teachers to use its locale specific Environment Education Workbook Program.
  • Kalpavriksh, Pune: This NGO, initially Delhi based, is now working from Pune and is active in several other parts of India. Kalpavriksh works on a variety of fronts: education and awareness; investigation and research; direct action and lobbying; and litigation with regard to environment and development issues. Kalpavriksh was responsible for developing India’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan in 2003
  • Salim Ali Center for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), Coimbatore: This institution was Dr. Salim Ali’s dream that became a reality only after his demise. He wished to support a group of committed conservation scientists on a permanent basis. Initially conceived as being a wing of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) it later evolved as an independent organization based at Coimbatore in 1990.
  • Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun: This Institution was established in 1982, as a major training establishment for Forest Officials and Research in Wildlife Management. Its most significant publication has been ‘Planning A Wildlife Protected Area Network for India’ (Rodgers and Panwar, 1988). It also has an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) cell. It trains personnel eco-development, wildlife biology, habitat management and Nature interpretation.
  • Botanical Survey of India (BSI): The Botanical Survey of India (BSI) was established in 1890 at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Calcutta. However it closed down for several years after 1939 and was reopened in 1954. In 1952 plans were made to reorganize the BSI and formulate its objectives. By 1955 the BSI had its headquarters in Calcutta with Circle Offices at Coimbatore, Shillong, Pune and Dehra Dun. Between 1962 and 1979, offices were established in Allahbad, Jodhpur, Port Blair, Itanagar and Gangtok. The BSI currently has nine regional centres. It carries out surveys of plant resources in different regions.
  • Zoological Survey of India (ZSI): The ZSI was established in1916. Its mandate was to do a systematic survey of fauna in India. It has over the years collected ‘type specimens’ on the bases of which our animal life has been studied over the years. Its origins were collections based at the Indian Museum at Calcutta, which was established in 1875
  • The Centre for Environmental Research and Education (CERE) is a Mumbai-based not-for-profit organization that works to promote environmental sustainability through action-oriented education, awareness and advocacy. CERE was established in 2002 by Dr. (Ms.) Rashneh N. Pardiwala, an ecologist from the University of Edinburgh and Mrs. Kitayun Rustom, an environmental educationist. CERE is also a pioneer in the field of corporate sustainability and carbon management systems where they help organisations map their carbon footprint, meet international reporting standards, implement low cost carbon reductions strategies which ensure considerable financial savings and engage in staff awareness activities.
  • The Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) is a registered non-profit organisation based in Anand, Gujarat, India working towards the ecological restoration and conservation of land and water resources in ecologically fragile, degraded and marginalised regions of the country, through concentrated and collective efforts of village communities. FES has been involved in assisting the restoration, management and governance of Common Property Land Resources since 1986.


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