Scientific Research

Our scientific research projects have addressed diversified subject areas such as lakes and water bodies and air quality in cities, forests and ecosystem services, conservation of wildlife and habitats, wetlands, pollinators and sustainable agriculture, coastal and marine biodiversity, sustainable technology and climate action. We aim at aligning our scientific research programmes with some of the National Missions in India, such as Jal Shakti Abhiyan, Urban Forest/Nagar Van, National Action Plan on Climate Change and National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem. We collaborate with scientific research institutions, eminent scientists, young researchers, conservation professionals, technology experts and educators. Here is a brief overview of some of the programmes:

Forest Conservation

Forests are amongst the richest repository of biodiversity. They offer habitat for plants, animals and micro-organisms. Forests are the lungs of the planet.
Our projects in the Western Ghats have focused on sustainable forest management, soil carbon, promotion of sustainable technologies and climate action, agro-processing units, energy-efficient cook-stoves and skill development programmes.

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Pollinators, Sustainable Agriculture and Ecosystem Services

Biodiversity and agriculture are interdependent. Conservation of biodiversity is essential for the sustainable production of food and other agricultural products.
Our projects in the Indian Himalayan Region have focused on pollinators, sustainable agriculture, forest ecosystem services, agro-ecosystems, changing climate, promotion of apiculture, and skill development programmes.

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Sustainable Cities - Conservation of Urban Forests, Lakes, Waterbodies and Wetlands

Water bodies perform vital ecological functions and provide essential environmental services. Urban forests support a more liveable and healthy environment in the cities.
Our projects in various cities have focused on scientific research, educational and community-based conservation programmes.

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Project Healthy Air

Air quality impacts people from all walks of life. It has an impact on human health and well-being.
Project Healthy Air engages young people, students, and teachers with scientific studies to learn about outdoor and indoor air quality with the help of scientists and meteorologists.

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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

We have developed educational and community science programme WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) for students, teachers and community-based institutions.
We promote rainwater harvesting technology and sanitation programmes and also develop skill development initiatives to train community members.
We promote clean water technology, such as the portable UV water bottle. Our water, sanitation and hygiene programme aims to increase awareness on clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene practices for health and well-being.

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Marine Ecosystem

Our projects focus on reducing marine plastic pollution. Our work includes developing educational and learning programmes on the conservation of coastal and marine resources.

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Climate Action and Sustainable Technology

Changing climate represents additional stress on ecological and socioeconomic systems. Our energy efficiency programme promotes climate action and sustainable technology solutions such as fuel-efficient agro-processing units, dryers and cook-stoves. We also promote solar technology in rural areas.

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Reduce Plastic Pollution:
Research, Innovation and Recycling

We work with scientists, engineers and subject experts, academic and research institutions for research and innovation, recycling and upcycling programmes and community science projects. We also promote skill development programmes on sustainable waste management practices.

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Citizen Science

Citizen Science supports scientists in observing more land, water, and species and connect with the public in the vision behind scientific research. Citizen scientists make a real difference to scientific studies, for example, by meticulously collecting data. It helps to build our understanding of how we are impacting our planet and to inform sound decision-making about the management of natural resources. Our citizen science programmes with some leading national scientists help us understand how best to preserve and improve habitats, flora and fauna, and natural resources.