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WaterShed Trust Organisation (WOTR)

WOTR is a not-for-profit NGO founded in 1993 operating currently in 6 Indian states – Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, and Orissa.

WOTR is recognised widely as a premier institution in the field of participatory Watershed Development and Climate Change Adaptation. Its unique strength lies in its on-field experience and in a systemic, participatory approach.

WOTR was initiated to support a large-scale multi-actor, multi-level, multi-sectoral, community led watershed development program for poverty reduction called the Indo-German Watershed Development Program (IGWDP). It was launched in Maharashtra, India by Fr. Hermann Bacher, co-founder and Chairman of WOTR, and Crispino Lobo, co-founder and Managing Trustee.

WOTR’s mandate is to reduce poverty through mobilising the self help capacities of individuals and communities to regenerate the eco-spaces or watersheds they live in, harvest rain water wherever it falls, use it productively, undertake sustainable livelihoods and do whatever else it takes to get them out of poverty.

Contact Information: 
2nd Floor,Padmavati corner,
Pune Satara Road,
411009 Pune
India
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VIKSAT

Vikram Sarabhai Centre for Development Interaction (VIKSAT) was set up in the year 1977 as an activity of the Nehru Foundation for Development (NFD) to take proactive steps to conserve the environment. VIKSAT felt that lack of interactions is a major bottleneck in involving individuals and organizations in environment protection. Hence, VIKSAT articulates its mission as promoting and strengthening people's institutions through interactions, for an equitable, gender sensitive, sustainable development and management of natural resources.

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE ORGANIZATION INCLUDE: 

  • promote and strengthen People’s Institutions (PIs) for sustainable development through natural resource management (NRM)
  • evolve innovative participatory NRM strategies for dissemination and scaling up
  • work towards decisive participation of the communities, especially women, and community organizations in policy forums
  • strive for developing appropriate and enabling legal and policy frameworks
  • facilitate technology and information access and transfer in NRM
  • network with Government Organizations, Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and PIs and other technical institutions for the above

Over the last 34 years, VIKSAT has worked at grassroots level with communities in their local regions towards developing models which ensure sustainability of livelihoods through natural resource management. To enhance meaningful participation in natural resources management, VIKSAT has been working towards imparting skills related to institution building, resource generation, management and other support. 
In the initial years, VIKSAT worked on the promotion of wasteland development and afforestation programme with Government and NGO participation. With strong belief/understanding that all promotional messages need to be derived from sound field practice/experience, it identified Bhiloda block (tribal dominated) of Sabarkantha district in Gujarat for its learning’s from the grassroots. The direct field implementation provided grassroots insights and a firm footing on understanding of community based needs and developmental solutions. This was further enhanced through support functions which include building linkages, engagement in training and documentation, inter alia. Thus, right from the beginning, VIKSAT made its identity as both a field as well as a support organization. Over the years, VIKSAT has now emerged as a professional support institution promoting community based approaches for sustainable natural resource management

At present, VIKSAT has five field offices in four districts of Gujarat, namely, Bhiloda, Kheroj in Sabarkantha district; Satlasana in Mehsana district; Kukam, in Kachchh district; and Radhanpur in Patan district with the head office located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The main thrust area of VIKSAT is Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Livelihoods through intensive intervention on Forestry, Land, Water, Sustainable Agriculture, Bio-diversity, Women Empowerment and Policy Advocacy.

Contact Information: 
Nehru Foundation for Development
Thaltej Tekra
380054 Ahmedabad
India
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Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group

Chintan works for environmental justice in partnership with people and groups from diverse sections of society. Our focus is on ensuring equitable and sustainable production and consumption of materials, and improved disposal of waste. An important part of this is ensuring green jobs, security and dignity for the urban poor, many of whom earn a living as waste recyclers.

Our initiatives include research, campaigns, policy interventions, building capacity among those engaged in recycling, and creating awareness about the need for reduced consumption and better waste management among the middle and upper classes.

While all of Chintan's work is anchored in grassroots partnerships with organizations of the urban marginalized like wastepickers (ragpickers) and kabaris, we also work closely with policymakers, students, parents, teachers, elected representatives, municipalities, residents welfare associations (RWAs) and the police.

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Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group
238, Sidhartha Enclave
110014 New Delhi
India
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Centre for Environment Education (CEE)

Centre for Environment Education (CEE) 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.

CEE is affiliated to the Nehru Foundation for Development and inherits the rich multi- disciplinary resource base and varied experience of Nehru Foundation for Development.

CEE is committed to ensuring that due recognition is given to the role of EE in the promotion of sustainable development. CEE develops innovative programmes and educational material, and builds capacity in the field of education and communication for sustainable development. It undertakes demonstration projects in education, communication and development that endorse attitudes, strategies and technologies that are environmentally sustainable.

Contact Information: 
Nehru Foundation for Development
Nr. Gurudwara, Thaltej Tekra
380 054 Ahmedabad
India
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Climate Himalaya

 

Recognizing climatic changes and their impacts in the Himalayan Mountains, Prakriti a mountain environment group (a non profit society registered with the Government of Uttarakhand in India, RN-401/1998-99/11906D), based in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, India founded a Pan-Himalayan initiative called ‘Climate Himalaya’ to divest its efforts in Climate Adaptation and Sustainable Mountain Development. The initiative was launched formally on June 5, 2010 at IIT Roorkee (Uttarakhand, India) on the occasion of World Environment Day in partnership with Indian WaterResources Society (IWRS) and Times Foundation New Delhi, with the representation from Andes and Himalayan countries like Chile, India and Nepal.  

Contact Information: 
O/o Prakriti Group
P.O. Silli, Agastyamuni Rudraprayag
246 421
India
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Purvanchal Gramin Vikas Sansthan (PGVS)

PGVS started as an initiative for providing medical assistance to the poorest within the community. Later, with exposure and experiential learning, we included education, governance, public health, agri-livelihoods, literacy and disaster management as themes of intervention. However, the organization has found that working in an integrated development framework having disaster preparedness as the key theme is the most effective approach for the area. The functions that we execute in the above mentioned area of work are

·         Planning and implementation of disaster

·         Preparedness & Risk Reduction programmes

·         Facilitating Community Mobilization

·         Capacity building of community and other 

·         Civil  society organizations

·         Conducting Research studies

 

PGVS has been working in North East part of India since 1987 on both long-term development and humanitarian response. Current PGVS programmes in North East region of India focus on disaster risk reduction, humanitarian emergency response, sustainable livelihood development, child education, Climate Change, maternal and neonatal care, WASH, Public Health, Agriculture, and Horticulture with focus on ending violence against vulnerable groups. Since 1987 PGVS has implemented development and humanitarian interventions both operationally and in collaboration with partners. PGVS is a member of NGO Task Force formed by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), New Delhi, and active member of Inter Agency Group (IAG). Bihar & U.P., member of Sphere project and practioner & promoter of Humanitarian Accountability Partnership.

Contact Information: 
Poorvanchal Gramin Vikas Sanstahan
419, Ismailpur
273001 Gorakhpur
India
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Shohratgarh Envirnomnetal Society (SES)

Shohratgarh Envirnomnetal Society (SES) is a development organization.SES was informally born with issue of local safe drinking water issue in 1985. Over the years, SES has evolved to be a comprehensive NGO which works in the field of agriculture, food security, livelihood, health, education, disaster mitigation, water &environment. Since its origin, SES has been engaged with various developmental programme. The programmes are addressing issues of children, women, youth & unprivileged group. These programmes are based on community, gender participation & ethical ecological values. Over the years, SES has developed its own working style & culture. SES has started as an organization which works for awareness among citizen. With learning in the years, SES has molded itself in organization working with right & advocacy based approach. SES has conducted several capacity building &programme. SES also publishes its quarterly newsletter "ECHO SES" which always maintains a standard regarding content over social & developmental issues.

SES treats all employees equally irrespective of their caste, creed, sex or religion. All employee work harmonically. SES has some inherent values borrowed from its founder member: Honesty, Trust and Team Work. SES also commits to support to Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact with respect to human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

Contact Information: 
9, Prem Kunj, Adarsh Colony Shohratgarh, Siddharthnagar-272205 Uttar Pradesh
India
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Paryavaran Mitra

Who is a Paryavaran Mitra?

A Paryavaran Mitra (Friend of Environment), demonstrates environmental citizenship qualities through positive change in behaviour and action at individual, school, family and community levels. 
Not only students, but also teachers, principals, parents, whole schools and all those who demonstrate these qualities become Paryavaran Mitra.

Contact Information: 
Nehru Foundation for Development,
Thaltej Tekra
380 054 Ahmedabad
India
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World Vision India

World Vision India is a Christian humanitarian organisation working to create lasting change in the lives of children, families and communities living in poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, caste, race, ethnicity or gender. Spread across 174 districts in India, World Vision works through long-term sustainable community development programmes and immediate disaster relief assistance.

Focus on Children: All development work World Vision India carries out is focused on building the capacity and ability of communities and families to ensure the wellbeing of children. The wellbeing of children includes ensuring children have access to education, health, protection and participation.

Grass root Based: World Vision India is an operational organisation involved in relief and development that is community-based. World Vision India's staff live with communities at grassroots level, learning from them and working alongside them while pursuing the goal of promoting the wellbeing of all children.

Partnering for Change: World Vision partners with communities, children, Government, civil society, corporations, academia, and faith based organisations to build a nation fit for children.

World Vision has responded to every major disaster in India in the last few decades including the 2004 Tsunami, Kashmir earthquake and recurring flood situations in various States. World Vision India is a member of several networks and coalitions at various levels.

Contact Information: 
16,VOC Main Road
Kodambakkam
600 024 Chennai
India
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Consortium for Trade and Development (CENTAD)

 

Consortium for Trade and Development (CENTAD) is an independent, not-for-profit organization (NGO) registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 in October 2005. CENTAD is engaged policy research and advocacy on issues around Trade and Development, Public Health, Education & Skill Development and Environment- Climate change & Renewable Energy in association with Oxfam GB between 2006 and 2009.

Climate Change

Developing economies like India face very steep environmental challenges. Our climate change programme aims to establish the linkages between trade & development and patterns of climate change.

Strategy

Our climate change programme started in 2007 with a focus on understanding the impact of climate change on trade. The main objective is to develop a strong advocacy, research and dissemination work among the stakeholders and among common people.

Challenges

Climate change is caused by factors that include natural phenomena like oceanic processes, variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics and volcanic eruptions besides human-induced alterations of the natural world. While natural phenomena contribute to global warming, the term ‘climate change’ is often used to describe human-specific impacts.

Some of the major challenges facing climate change programmes are:

  • National & international policies
  • Huge cost of implementation/compliance
Contact Information: 
A1/304 Safdarjung Enclave 110029 New Delhi
India
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