Opportunities are boundless to work upon in the field of nature and environment. One may get lost with the information available on internet. For those who are serious and wish to contribute their bit towards environment, here are some useful links through which one can explore the possibilities in this field. These websites are of international, national as well as regional organizations. Some websites are of government organizations as well. We have given brief introduction about these organizations along with their website links which may guide one in a right direction who wish to pursue this field as a career.
The Nature Conservancy – India
Founded in 1951 in the United States of America, The Nature Conservancy works in more than 72 countries with a science-led approach to create nature-based solutions for the environmental challenges facing our planet. It has been advancing projects in India since 2015 to support India’s efforts to “develop without destruction”. It works closely with the Indian government, research institutions, NGOs, private sector organisations and local communities to develop science-based, on-the-ground, scalable solutions for some of the country’s most pressing environmental challenges.
Enviro-Vigil is a Thane based Non Government Organization, formed in the year 2000. It has an objective to educate and train the society on environmental issues. Enviro-Vigil has undertaken several innovative activities and projects to create environmental awareness among the people of the society. Its mission is to create a clean, healthy and hygienic environment, not only for the human beings but also for every component of the nature for which it has initiated several environment friendly projects like Management of Municipal / Domestic Solid Waste, Management of Biomedical Waste, Conservation of Lakes in Thane city, Water Literacy Campaign, to name a few. It publishes Aaple Paryavaran – A monthly Marathi magazine.
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) is a research institution founded by Kamaljit S. Bawa. Based in Bangalore, its mission is to generate rigorous interdisciplinary knowledge for achieving environmental conservation and sustainable development, to enable the use of this knowledge by policy makers and society, and to train the next generation of environmental leaders. For over two decades, it has worked on social-environmental issues from local to global policy levels. It envisions a society committed to environmental conservation and sustainable and socially just development. It works across issues like biodiversity and conservation, climate change mitigation and development, land and water resources, forests and governance and ecosystem services and human well-being.
Maharashtra Pakshimitra organization was formed in 1981 by eminent environmentalist Prakash Gole. It acts as an apex body for various local organizations spread across Maharashtra. As the name suggests the organization work towards protection and conservation of avifauna. This is achieved through various campaigns and advocacy programs conducted for people at large. Its objective is to bring all bird watchers under one platform, for which it conducts a state as well as regional level gathering every year. Bird study, bird census and dissemination of knowledge among the people at large are conducted at regional level. Outstanding achievements are honoured with an award known as “Pakshimitra Puraskar “
KALPAVRIKSH is a non-profit organization working on environmental and social issues. The group began in 1979 with a campaign led by students to save Delhi’s
The Institute of Environment Education and Research, Bharati Vidyapeeth (BVIEER) is unique educational and research institution. The major achievements include its projects and programs that have led to influencing environment policy and implementation of environment education at school and college level along with strategies for Protected Area Management. The Institute actively collaborates with several international Universities and organizations and has instituted semester exchange programs and international internship programs. Its innovative teaching program supplements classroom teaching with field work, guest lectures, group discussions, projects and internships. To trigger pro-environmental attitude building among students, the Institute organizes field visits to natural resource areas such as National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries and environmental problem sites where poor land-use planning, degradation of the ecosystem due to pollution, can be seen first hand.
Started in 1986 as a small group of nature enthusiasts to bring environmental awareness to the people, it aims to raise an environmentally conscious generation by conducting studies on natural history and bringing environmental education to schools and colleges. Its transformation from nature enthusiasts to serious environmental activists was triggered by the rise in pesticide use and its related illness, increasing deforestation, improper handling of urban waste and other alarming issues. In 1998, along with the local community and a highly vocal and public campaign the group succeeded to compel the State Government putting a ban on use of a pesticide, Endosulfan, in agriculture. Later following up with studies, national debates, petitions and advocacy, India banned Endosulfan in 2011.Today, the organization is making a mark by eliminating toxic side of farming to a healthy one through social enterprises like the Organic Bazaar, and the Agro-Ecology Centre. This initiative provides thousands of consumers access to safe and nutritious food, while enhancing the quality of life of hundreds of farmers. A national movement to revive the lost glory of our farming, through the ‘Save our Rice Campaign’ and its efforts to stop the hazardous burning of waste led to the ‘Zero Waste Campaign’. It has led to major success across the country. Zero Waste initiative has now been successfully adopted as Zero Waste Himalayas, involving two Himalayan countries and six Indian states.
In 1985, the Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Foundation was set up to formalize the efforts of Godrej towards the conservation of the mangrove ecosystem of Vikhroli along the west bank of the Thane creek on the land which Godrej had acquired for setting up an Industrial Garden Township. Considering the rich biodiversity of mangrove forests within its area, the company took all efforts for protection right from the beginning since 1948. The foundation focused on conserving the vast ecologically sensitive area, striking a delicate balance between the industrial activities and nature conservation. This further led to the creation of the Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Marine Ecology Centre in 1985, whereby all the land with mangroves cover was brought under conservation.
The Wetland Management Services Department facilitates research on various aspects such as species diversity, species interactions, species and ecosystem interactions, ecosystem services, threats to mangroves. Every year, thousands of citizens visit Godrej mangroves to understand diversity, importance of mangroves and their own role in mangrove conservation. Awareness program includes outdoor nature walks for organised groups such as schools, colleges, and citizen groups and indoor activities include film screenings, quizzes, presentations, talks, exploring mangrove information centre and indoor games. The Centre conducts bird watching, butterfly observations, photography walks and other programs based on visitors’ interests. These programs are conducted with prior booking at no cost.
Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy
Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA) was constituted in the year 1987 by renaming the erstwhile Indian Forest College, which was originally established in 1938 for training senior forest officers. It is situated in the New Forest campus of Forest Research Institute (FRI) on Chakrata Road (NH-72), five kilometers from Dehradun town. IGNFA is currently functioning as a Staff College for the officers of the Indian Forest Service (IFS).
Ch. Charan Singh National Institute of Agricultural Marketing
Ch. Charan Singh National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM) is a premier National level Institute set up by the Government of India in
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an autonomous
The Zoological Survey of India
The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) was established on 1st July 1916 to promote survey, exploration
The Botanical Survey of India
The Botanical Survey of India (BSI) was established in 1890 with the objectives of exploring the plant resources of the country and identifying plant species with economic virtue. In 1954, the Government reorganised the BSI with the objectives of (1) undertaking intensive floristic surveys and collecting accurate and detailed information on the occurrence, distribution, ecology and economic utility of plants in the country; (2) collecting, identifying and distributing materials that may be of use to educational and research institutions; and (3) acting as the custodian of authentic collections in well planned herbaria and documenting plant resources in the form of local, district, state and national flora
Over-exploitation of the resources has caused rapid and widespread land degradation and the decline in productivity. To arrest this degradation process and for scientific and sustainable management of the resources, Desert Afforestation Station was established in 1952 at Jodhpur. This was later expanded into Desert Afforestation and Soil Conservation Station in 1957 and finally upgraded to Central Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZRI) in 1959 under Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi.
The Environmental Information System
The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute
The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) is a research institute created and funded by the Government of India. It was established in Nagpur in 1958 with a focus on water supply, sewage disposal, communicable diseases and to some extent on industrial pollution and occupational diseases found common in post-independent India. NEERI is a pioneering laboratory in the field of environmental science and engineering and part of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). NEERI has five zonal laboratories at Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata
THE MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT & FORESTS, Government of India
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of the Central Government for the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of India’s environmental and forestry policies and programmes. The primary concerns of the Ministry are
Broad the objectives of the Ministry are:
Conservation and survey of flora, fauna, forests and wildlife, Prevention and control of pollution, afforestation and regeneration of degraded areas, protection of the environment and ensuring the welfare of animals
Coconut Development Board
Coconut Development Board (CDB) is a statutory body established under the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India for the integrated development of coconut cultivation and industry in the country with focus on productivity increase and product diversification.
The Maharashtra Engineering Research Institute (MERI) was established in the year 1959. It is the prime institute of Maharashtra state under Water Resources Department. It is entrusted with the work of applied research in various disciplines of civil engineering like soil mechanics, construction material studies, testing, highway, coastal, remote sensing & GIS, seismology, hydraulic model studies, reservoir sedimentation studies etc. It is largely dealing with field problems of applied research pertaining to various projects.
Central Ground Water Board
Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), a subordinate office of the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India, is the National Apex Agency entrusted with the responsibilities of providing scientific inputs for management, exploration, monitoring, assessment, augmentation and regulation of ground water resources of the country. Central Ground Water Board was established in 1970 by renaming the Exploratory Tube wells Organization under the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. It was merged with the Ground Water Wing of the Geological Survey of India during 1972. Its objective is to develop and disseminate technologies, and monitor and implement national policies for the Scientific and Sustainable development and management of India’s Ground Water Resources, including their exploration, assessment, conservation, augmentation, protection from pollution and distribution, based on principles of economic and ecological efficiency and equity.
The Geological Survey of India
The Geological Survey of India (GSI) was set up in 1851 primarily to find coal deposits for the Railways. Currently the main functions of GSI relate to creation and updation of national geoscientific information and mineral resource assessment. Its objective is to conduct multidisciplinary as well as fundamental Geoscientific research and studies, including geotechnical investigations, physical, chemical and biological hazard geo-investigations, climate change geostudies and paleogeostudies.
Central Water Commission
Central Water Commission is a premier Technical Organization of India in the field of Water Resources and is presently functioning as an attached office of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India. The Commission is entrusted with the general responsibilities of initiating, coordinating and furthering in consultation of the State Governments concerned, schemes for control, conservation and utilization of water resources throughout the country, for purpose of Flood Control, Irrigation, Navigation, Drinking Water Supply and Water Power Development. It also undertakes the investigations, construction and execution of any such schemes as required.
CWPRS, a part of the Union Ministry of Water Resources, is one of the foremost organisations in the world in the field of hydraulics and allied research. CWPRS provides specialised services through physical and mathematical model studies in river training and flood control, hydraulic structures, harbours, coastal protection, foundation engineering, construction materials, pumps and turbines, ship hydrodynamics, hydraulic design of bridges, environmental studies, earth sciences, and cooling water intakes.
The Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON) is a national centre for information, education and research in ornithology and natural history in India. It was inspired by and named in honour of Salim Ali, the leading pioneer of ornithology in India. It is an autonomous organisation established in 1990 as a public- NGO partnership between the MoEF&CC, and the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) under the Centre of Excellence Scheme and registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act. Its headquarters are at Anaikatti, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. SACON is associated with the Ministry of Environment and Forests SACON’s mission is: “To help conserve India’s biodiversity and its sustainable use through research, education and peoples’ participation, with birds at the centre stage”.
National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) is India’s premier R&D institution responsible for the country’s research activities in the Polar and Southern Ocean realms. The Centre has been designated as the nodal organization for the co-ordination and implementation of the Indian Antarctic Programme, including the maintenance of India’s permanent station in Antarctica.
The National Centre for Earth Science Studies (NCESS) is an autonomous research
The Centre for Marine Living Resources & Ecology (CMLRE) is a research institute in Kochi, Kerala under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India with a mandate to study the marine living resources. Today, apart from implementing various research projects of the ministry, the institute also manages and operates the Fishery Oceanographic Research Vessel (FORV) Sagar Sampada. It was formulated by the DOD with a view of promoting ocean development activities in the country which inter-alia include mapping of the living resources, preparing an inventory of commercially exploitable living marine resources, their optimum utilization through ecosystem management and R & D in basic sciences on Marine Living Resources & Ecology.
Maharashtra Energy Development Agency
Maharashtra Energy Development Agency – MEDA is a Maharashtra government institute run with the Federal Government of India, to regulate energy conservation and to promote the development of renewable energy in Maharashtra State, including solar energy, bio-energy and wind energy. MEDA is working as a State Nodal Agency (SNA) under the aegis of Energy Department, the State of Maharashtra. MEDA is also working as a State Designated Agency (SDA) for implementation of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)
NIWE is an autonomous R&D institution under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, established to serve as a technical focal point for the orderly development of Wind Power deployment. It is a unique research organization in the whole of South Asia. With the focus to promote and accelerate the pace of utilization of Wind Energy and to provide the entire gamut of services to enable Wind Energy penetration in the electricity generation mix, NIWE continuously strives to improve the infrastructure, hardware, software and highly trained expert manpower.
Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation (ICAR-IISWC), (Formerly CSWCRTI) was established on 1st April,1974 with Headquarters at Dehradun by combining Soil and Water Conservation Research, Demonstration and Training Centres. The Institute and Research Centres have focused on evolving strategies for controlling land degradation following watershed approach, tackling special problems such as ravines, landslides, mine spoils and torrents, demonstration of technologies for popularization and imparting training besides developing technologies for water harvesting and recycling.
Forest Research Institute
Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun” has its roots in the erstwhile Imperial Forest Research Institute established in 1906 to organize and lead forestry research in the country. Its history is synonymous with the evolution and development of scientific forestry not only in India but in the entire Indian subcontinent. The institute also administered training to forest officers and forest ranger in the country and after independence; it was aptly named as Forest Research Institute and Colleges. In 1988, FRI and its research centres were brought under the administrative umbrella of Indian Council of Forestry Research; Education (ICFRE) under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.
Wildlife Institute of India
Established in 1982, Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is an internationally acclaimed Institution, which offers a training program, academic courses and advisory in wildlife research and management. The Institute is actively engaged in research across the breadth of the country on biodiversity-related issues. The aim and objective of the Institute are to Build up scientific knowledge on wildlife resources. Train personnel at various levels for conservation and management of wildlife. Carry out research relevant to management including the development of techniques appropriate to Indian conditions.
Provide information and advice on specific wildlife management problems. Collaborate with international organizations on wildlife research, management and training. Develop as a regional centre of international importance on wildlife and natural resource conservation.
Bombay Natural History
Bombay Natural History is an 125 years old institution which is an independent scientific organization with a broad based constituency, working for conservation of nature, primarily biological diversity, through action based on research, education and public awareness.
International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is supported by the network of 60 governments, private foundations and international organizations under CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research). Its mission is to improve the management of land and water resources for food, livelihood and environment.
The World Resources Institute (WRI) goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the resources and improve people’s lives. Its mission is to protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. Founded in 1948, it is said to be world’s first global environmental organization. Supporting scientific research and fields projects and having presence with over 1000 government and NGO member organizations.
This is an official website of
The Global Warming International Centre (GWIC) is the international body disseminating information on global warming science and policy, serving both governmental,
The mission of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment, by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and people to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a premier institute on
Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organization that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace, by campaigning for sustainable agriculture, creating toxic free future, protecting world’s ancient forests, defending oceans, catalyzing an energy revolution and working for disarmament.
This is an official website of Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests. The
The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) works for tackling and dealing with the immense and acute problems that mankind is likely to face within years ahead on account of the gradual depletion of the earth’s finite energy resources and existing methods of their use.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was established in 1988 by WMO (World Meteorological Organisation ) and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) to assess the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.
Centre for Environment Education (CEE) is a premier institution actively engaged in environmental education and actions. Established in 1984 it is supported by Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India.
The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is a public interest research and advocacy organization based in New Delhi. It works for the development which is both sustainable as well as equitable.