Fellows by Category

Anil Agarwal is raising public consciousness of environmental issues through publications in order to create a sensible development policy.

Organization: Dishari

Kamal Kanti Banik links river conservation to the livelihoods of local nearby residents. He is restoring fish populations in the Muhuri River in northeastern India by motivating local fishermen to preserve freshwater diversity and the river’s health while improving their own economic outlook.

Organization: Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE)

Ritwick Dutta is restoring transparency and accountability to India’s Environmental Impact Assessment processes in order to protect the environment and at-risk communities from encroaching big industry. Through what he calls “environmental democracy” Ritwick gives citizens the tools to assess the impact of industrial development projects and challenge destructive practices.

Organization: Gokul Prakalp Pratishthan

In the 1970s Vasant Gangavane, a management expert from IIM and Wharton, returned to his village in Konkan, Maharashtra, to give his people what he felt they needed most -- the knowledge to manage their natural resources. In the process, he has set up several models of rural development.

Organization: The Timbaktu Collective

Choitresh Kumar Ganguly is showing people how to carry out protection and regeneration of degraded, drought-ridden lands in South India. Using simple, natural techniques, he is helping them to improve the productivity of their land, take control of their surroundings, and improve their livelihoods.

Organization: The Timbaktu Collective

Choitresh Kumar Ganguly is showing people how to carry out protection and regeneration of degraded, drought-ridden lands in South India. Using simple, natural techniques, he is helping them to improve the productivity of their land, take control of their surroundings, and improve their livelihoods.

Organization: Gangotree

Santosh Gondhalekar, a young engineer who has been working on social problems since secondary school, is demonstrating an approach to the development of village water resources that allows the many different actors to consolidate the numerous, usually fragmented pieces of the water management puzzle into a coherent, efficient plan.

Organization: Appiko Movement

Drawing on over a decade of successful experience working with small local groups to stop large-scale lumbering and other forms of environmental destruction, Pandurang Hegde is now turning to the even harder job of helping them restore the land and establish new patterns of sustainable agriculture fitted to each area's particular condition. He's focusing initially on the areas once covered by...

Organization: Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization

A botanist from India's western Himalayan foothills, Anil Joshi is identifying new uses of bio-mass waste and weeds and helping villagers launch, manage and control related enterprises.

R. Kannan is showing highland villagers and farmers in Tamil Nadu how to "hold the forest," grow crops, and diversify the rural economy at the same time, and also to protect the region's dwindling water supply and attract the interest of forestry officials and other conservationists.

Organization: Dharamitra

Tarak Kate is introducing bio-diverse, non-chemical agricultural techniques to small farmers to help them optimize use of their land. He is also facilitating a transfer of agricultural "best practices" through a rural network of Farmers' Study Groups.

Organization: Spitiecosphere

Ishita Khanna is building a green economy in the remote villages of India’s high Himalayas. In response to the region’s growing environmental degradation and threatened cultural preservation, Ishita has developed a collection of new income-generating and ecotourism opportunities designed to improve environmental management and promote the pursuit of more sustainable livelihoods. These efforts...

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