Directory of NGOs
This Directory of NGOs
has been compiled from the following sources:
Environmental Education (CEE) was set up in 1984 to spread awareness of
environmental issues and try to find solutions for them. It is based at Ahmedabad and they
have offices all over the country. They mainly aim to create environmental awareness in
the communities.They conduct widespread environmental education and training programmes
through a very vast network. They have also taken up projects related to conservation of
biodiversity and eco-development.
Abhiyan is alocal NGO that has been working with the Ahmedabad municipal
corporation in the area of solid waste and is instrumental for organizing door to door
meetings, awareness campaigns to educate people about the importance of segregating waste
into biodegradable and recyclable waste. Once they have convinced the people of this the
household begins segregating the waste.
Gram Swarajya Mandal was set up at Gopeshwar, Chamoli District, U.P. in 1964.
Its aims are to encourage forest conservation and the use of forest products for self
employment; to cut down soil erosion by encouraging volunteers to build embankments in the
catchment areas and to plant trees.
Darpana Academy of
Performing Arts was set up in Ahmedabad in 1984 to spread education in dance,
drama and puppetry.Through their various activities they spread the message of a better
environment. They have launched a programme Jagruti, a school project for
Smt. Mrinalini V. Sarabhai
Alternatives based at Delhi, work in all parts of the country. It was established
in 1983 to design options and promote sustainable development through programmes of
economic efficiency, equity and social justice, resource conservation and self-reliance.
Its activities cover the entire nation. They are working in the field of pollution
monitoring and control; waste recycling management; wasteland development; appropriate
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Friends of the Doon was founded in 1983 as a pressure group against illegal mining, tree felling and as a platform for voicing peoples grievances. They aim at preserving and rehabilitating the environment of the Doon Valley, its forests, rivers and mountains. One of their main activities include the support they give to the case against limestone mining. Some of their main activities are in the area of environmental education and afforestation. They also encourage the use of non conventional sources of energy and are executing town beautification schemes.
Peace Foundation Environment Cell began functioning at Delhi from June
1979. It was set up mainly to promote the environmental activities of rural development
agencies; to disseminate environmental information through the publication of up to date
reports on environmental issues; to organize workshops and seminars for environmental
experts, policy makers, individuals and organisations working for environmental issues.
Their activities include researching the role of women in community forestry and rural
development; conducting studies in soil erosion, water logging, drainage and seepage
around select dams; planting fast growing trees.
Gandhi Peace Foundation
Foundation was set up in 1987 at Pune in Maharashtra to promote and work towards
environmental protection, energy and ecological conservation and pollution control. They
impart environmental education and training by organising forest based camps for adults
and youths. They also do afforestation and have raised a nursery of medicinal and
Association for Environmental Management (IAEM) was set up at Nagpur in 1963 to
educate people on the environment, to encourage the conservation of the environment and to
spread environmental knowledge. They conduct seminars, essay competitions and exhibitions
related to water and its pollution, they have carried out water pollution control
activities and worked in the field of environmental management.
Indian Association for
Environmental Management (IAEM)
INTACH Indian National
Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, New Delhi was set up in 1984 to preserve
Indian cultural and natural heritage.They undertake water-harvesting projects in urban
areas. They have done studies on the restoration of the ecological balance of freshwater
lakes and ponds and marine habitats and prepared maps. They also publish books on
Ladakh Ecology Development Group (LEDG) was set up in 1983 in Ladakh in the Leh and Kargil Districts. It aims to promote ecological and sustainable development harmonious with the traditional cultures of the area. They have worked in the area of ecological development and protection of the environment. A great deal of awareness has been generated under their Village Outreach Project. They are encouraging the use of renewable energy sources, promoting organic farming and the making of handicrafts. They have contributed to the ban of plastics in the valley.
8, Janaki Avenue
Bachao Andalon was set up in 1986 under the leadership of Medha Patkar. It
aims mainly to educate those directly affected by large development projects, such as
tribals, on the social and environmental impact of such projects. To protest against the
construction of dams in the Narmada Valley in general; struggling towards a right to
information and new environmentally sustainable water policy. To help the tribals get a
substantial share of the governments development schemes/services and to unable them
to undertake development activities themselves. They mainly educate, mobilize and organize
residents of the Narmada Valley on human rights and justice, alternative development
policies, environmental issues related to big dams in general and the Narmada project in
particular. They undertake surveys of the affected villages, protest against land and
forest issues and government interference in this regard. They are fighting against
displacement and disregard of the rights of the people.
Smt. Medha Patkar
Nilgiri Wildlife and
Environment Association is based at Ottacamand to conserve the natural resources
of the Nilgiri and preserve wildlife and the habitat. Impart environmental education and
conduct tree planting, bird watching, and soil conservation programmes. They have assisted
in the imposition of hunting restrictions and the protection of the elephant.
Environmental Society was established in 1982 at Bhubaneshwar. It was set up
to encourage and organise study, research, understanding and appreciation of nature. To
formulate co-curricular courses in environmental sciences at all levels of education and
advise the government. They conduct research, seminars and workshops on forest and
wildlife protection and organise eco-development camps. They are campaigning for a
biosphere reserve forest area in the state. They are the resource agency for pollution
control in Talcher industrial area.
Orissa Environmental Society
Rajasthan Environment Preservation Society was set up in 1985 at Jaipur to work towards pollution control, afforestation, ecological and environmental preservation. To promote social forestry and plantation and to clean the ponds, lakes and reservoirs. They impart environmental education and awareness, provide consultancy and encourage the use of renewable sources of energy.
Ramakrishna Mission Lokashiksha Parishad was set up in 1952 and its mission is to uplift the rural people with a view to making them self-reliant. It works in 11 districts covering about 4000 villages. It has been carrying out programmes for the development of the wasteland areas restoration of bundhs in the Sundarbans riverine areas to protect the land from saline water. It has conducted studies on the status, expectation and contribution of non timber forest products for the subsistence of forest fringe dwellers. It has been promoting the use of smokeless chulhas, sanitary toilet linked biogas plants, solar energy; extensive tree plantation; preservation of the Sunderban biosphere; promoting ecofriendly farming. It is also working in the area of environmental education.
It played a very active role in the drafting and finalisation of the Biodegradable Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998. It worked closely with the CPCB and the MOEF in the finalisation of the rules. Now that the rules have been issued, it is propagating the cause of better bio-medical waste practices
1001, Antariksh Bhavan
Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), established in
1974,TERI is a wholly independent not-for-profit research institute.
Its mission is to develop and promote technologies, policies and institutions
for efficient and sustainable use of natural resources. It has been
imparting environmental education through projects, workshops, audio
visual aids and quiz competitions. It deals with policy related work
in the energy sector, research on environmental subjects development
on renewable energy technologies and promotion of energy effeciency
in the industry and transport. TERI also has a major programme in
biotechnology, the applications of which are oriented towards increased
biomass production, conversion of waste into useful products and mitigating
the harmful environmental impacts of several economic activities.
Publications: They have several books on energy, climate change, renewable
energy, regulation, environment and sustainable development and forestry
& biodiversity. They also publish research journals and digest
journals, newsletters. There are also several databases and audio-visuals
on various environment issues.
Theatre in Education Company is affiliated to the National School of Drama New Delhi and was set up in 1989. Its aim is to use theatre as a medium for education. It conducts various environment related plays for children with a view to impart environment education through theatre.
National School of Drama
Tarun Bharat Sangh began its work in 1984-85 in the rural areas to study local natural resources and to find ways and means to protect them and thereby help maintain the balance of the local ecosystem. They also aim to spread literacy and do other community based work to create a healthy natural environment. They have spread their area of work to 6 districts in Rajasthan. They have organised seminars and workshops on environmental protection. They are working towards preserving the resources of Sariska Tiger Reserve and have initiated a public litigation to stop illegal mining in Sariska. They have done pioneering work on water conservation, tree plantation, wasteland development and soil conservation in the area. They are encouraging the use of gobar gas and solar lighting systems.
Tiger link began
functioning in 1995 at Delhi under Valmik Thapar and its parent order is the Ranthambore
Foundation. It has been established to provide links between different sections working in
the interest of the tiger and its habitat, and to effectively take actions to overcome
local obstacles. They are working mainly in the field of conservation and the preservation
of the environment.
19, Kautilya Marg,
Uttarkhand Seva Nidhi was set up in 1967 to disseminate information o the environment. They have spread environmental education and training and are setting up a resource centre at Almora.
is based in Pune and was first set up in 1982 to promote environmental protection and
afforestation and sustainable integrated rural development. Their activities are spread
over the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. They are working in the area of
environmental education for school children and teachers and help them in forming
ecoclubs. They have led agitations to prevent the felling of trees in the Konkan region;
taken active interest in soil and water conservation through simple technologies; promoted
smokeless chulhas and gobar gas plants; constructed low cost toilets in the rural areas
and have worked in afforestation programmes.
Vatavaran, an NGO working in the sector of solid waste collection. They have around 27 projects in different parts of Delhi including JNU and NOIDA. This organisation was formed in order to improve the ways and means of garbage collection through a more concrete method. People normally dump their garbage indiscriminately in the MCD bins where they overflow and a stink begins rising. But now through the method of door to door collection the colonies are much cleaner then they were before this organisation stepped in. For a very nominal charge the garbage is collected from the doorstep and taken to the private dump where it is segregated. Biodegradable waste is put into compost pits and the non-biodegradable is further segregated into groups such as, glass, paper, and plastics and then send further to recycling industries or to mills that require these for raw material.
In residential colonies such as Asiad Village and Vasant Kunj, where Vatavaran has been very effective, the initiative is now being carried forward by the residents welfare societies of these areas. The compost pits yield very high quality manure that is either sold or used to promote horticultural activities within the colony. This waste now becomes an income source and cost effective.
Asiad Games Village
Fund for Nature was set up in India in 1969. The coordinating body the WWF
International, is located in Gland in Switzerland. Its main aim is the promotion of
conservation of nature and environmental protection as the basis for sustainable and
This organisation has been
working in the field of biodiversity conservation including field projects, consultancy
and research and support to other organizations; forest management; environmental
education and awareness. They also work in the area of ecodevelopment, promoting and
supporting local conservation networks (Community Biodiversity Conservation Movement).
They are doing wildlife trade monitoring, and assisting CITES and related National
Legislations; research in Indian and international laws; legal intervention on
environmental issues; legal education on environment including Asias only diploma
course on environmental law.