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| Last Updated:: 27/09/2021

Non-Governmental Networks




This portal is endorsed by the National Knowledge Commission, Government of India, to promote decentralization, transparency, the right to information and participatory action with respect to biodiversity conservation and utilization.

 The India Environment Portal is initiated and managed by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) promoted by the National Knowledge Commission (NKC), Government of India.

Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) – a membership-driven organization - has been promoting the cause of a natural India for the past 130 years since 1883. It was started by 8 Mumbai citizens, of which two were Indians. The Society's guiding principle has always been that conservation must be based on scientific research - a tradition exemplified by its former president, late Dr Sálim Ali. Designated as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) by Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.

WWF-India started as a wildlife conservation organisation with a focus on protecting a particular species of wild flora and fauna. Over the years, the perspective broadened to reflect a more holistic understanding of conservation issues facing the country. A part of WWF International, the organisation has made its presence felt through a sustained effort not only towards nature and wildlife conservation, but sensitising people by creating awareness through capacity building and enviro-legal activism. 

Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS), is a non-profit trust based in Bangalore, India. Centre for Wildlife Studies is now an internationally recognized centre of excellence in the arenas of wildlife research, training, formal education and conservation.  

 Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) is a research institution in the areas of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development with a  focus on applied science through research, education and action that influence policy and practice on conservation of nature, management of natural resources, and sustainable development.


Wildlife Trust of India is a national conservation organisation committed to effective action for the protection of India’s natural heritage. Our principal objectives include managing or preventing wildlife crises and mitigating threats to individual wild animals, their populations and habitats through holistic strategies and practical interventions. 

 Centre for Environment Education was established in August 1984 as a Centre of Excellence supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. CEE, a national institution with its headquarters in Ahmedabad, has a mandate to promote environmental awareness nationwide.

 The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is a public interest research and advocacy organisation based in New Delhi. CSE researches into, lobbies for and communicates the urgency of development that is both sustainable and equitable.


Nature Conservation Foundation, our goal is to contribute to the knowledge and conservation of India’s unique wildlife heritage with innovative research and imaginative solutions. We work in a range of wildlife habitats, from coral reefs and tropical rainforests to the high mountains of the Himalaya.


ZOO was founded in 1985 with funds and mandate from the then Department of Environment, Government of India, to provide technical and educational support for zoos, enhance the public image of zoos, and liaise between local, national, international interests for the benefit of Indian zoos. We also lobbied for organizations and legislation affecting zoos and animal welfare in zoos.

Aaranyak's mission is to foster conservation of biodiversity in Northeast India through research, environmental education, capacity building and advocacy for legal and policy reform to usher a new era of ecological security.


NSI was set up to strengthen networks of researchers and institutions based in north India, in order to facilitate long-term research and biodiversity conservation programs. NSI grew out of a discussion group on ecology and conservation biology based in Dehradun, which primarily involved people working in the Western Himalayas as well as researchers working in other regions of India who were based in north India.



Green Future Foundation is a group of Environment Conservation professionals having more than ninety years of collective committed conservation work in various landscapes of India. It deals with all aspects of the ecosystem – from mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish species and corals all the way through to local fishing techniques, sustainable livelihood techniques, alternate farming systems and ways of life.


  • Development Alternatives


Development Alternatives (DA), the world's first social enterprise dedicated to sustainable development, is a research and action organisation striving to deliver socially equitable, environmentally sound and economically scalable development outcomes. DA’s green technology innovations for habitat, water, energy and waste management, which deliver basic needs and generate sustainable livelihoods, have reduced poverty and rejuvenated natural ecosystems in the most backward regions of India.



The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) was founded in 1984 in New Delhi with the vision to spearhead heritage awareness and conservation in India. Today INTACH is recognized as one of the world’s largest heritage organizations, with over 190 Chapters across the Country. In the past 31 years INTACH has pioneered the conservation and preservation of not just our natural and built heritage but intangible heritage as well. Headquartered in New Delhi, it operates through various divisions such as Architectural Heritage, Natural Heritage, Material Heritage, Intangible Cultural Heritage, Heritage Education and Communication Services (HECS), Crafts and Community Cell, Chapters, INTACH Heritage Academy, Heritage Tourism, Listing Cell and Library, Archives and Documentation Centre.


KALPAVRIKSH is a non profit organisation working on environmental and social issues. The group began in 1979 with a campaign led by students to save Delhi's Ridge Forest. We work on local, national and global levels, are registered under the Societies Registration Act (S-17439) and are based in Delhi and Pune.
Kalpavriksh believes that a country can develop meaningfully only when ecological sustainability and social equity are guaranteed, and a sense of respect for, and oneness with nature, and fellow humans is achieved.

Bat conservation India Trust (BCIT) is a non-profit organization which was conceived for the protection of bat species in India by protecting their habitat. Bats inhabit various types of habitats like caves, small crevices, tree holes, old & abandoned buildings, ruins, mines, wells, etc. These habitats are under severe threat with receding green cover and modernization. Hunting of bats for flesh and alleged medicinal properties, excessive quarrying, demolition of old structures, etc., are but a few of the banes that cloud the future of these flying mammals.

Bats play a major role in the sustenance of our ecosystem in multitude ways which is often unknown to the general public and is marred with negative opinion and beliefs. While insectivorous bats act as best insect cleansers by devouring and keeping them under control, fruit eating bats on the other hand are the best natural seed dispersal agents and cross pollinators and hence play a vital role in regeneration. Many species of fruiting trees depend on these bats for dispersal and regeneration. Hence it becomes vital to protect these magnificent creatures.

In order to protect and conserve bats in India we have initiated and conceptualized various projects which include both short term as well as long term approach.

Mission: To preserve and conserve bats and its habitats across India through partnership with communities, scientists, researchers, government and organizations.