ENVIS Centre on Environmental Education and Sustainable Development

Hosted by Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Ahmedabad, India

Sponsored by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India

National Biodiversity Authority

The National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) was established in 2003 to implement India’s Biological Diversity Act (2002). The NBA is Autonomous body and that performs facilitative, regulatory and advisory function for Government of India on issue of Conservation, sustainable use of biological resource and fair equitable sharing of benefits of use. The Biological diversity Act (2002) mandates implementation of the act through decentralized system with the NBA focusing on advice the Central Government on matters relating to the conservation of biodiversity, sustainable use of its components and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilization of biological resources.



Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History

Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON) came into being in 1990, at the beginning of the decade that set the twin issues of conservation of biodiversity and its sustainable use in the agenda of global action. SACON, an autonomous Centre of Excellence of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India. Also, it is designated as one of the ENVIS centres, working on Wetland Ecosystems including Inland Wetlands.



Wildlife Institute of India

Established in 1982, Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is an internationally acclaimed Institution, which offers training program, academic courses and advisory in wildlife research and management. The Institute is actively engaged in research across the breadth of the country on biodiversity related issues.

The Institute's idyllic campus that has been carefully developed to create state of the art infrastructure encourages scholarly work. WII is also one of the thematic centres of ENVIS, working on Wildlife & Protected Areas

Botanical Survey of India

The Botanical Survey of India (BSI) is an institution set up in 1890 for survey studies of the plant resources of the Indian empire. It has an objective of undertaking intensive floristic surveys and collecting accurate and detailed information on the occurrence, distribution, ecology and economic utility of plants in the country; collecting, identifying and distributing materials that may be of use to educational and research institutions; and acting as the custodian of authentic collections in well planned herbaria and documenting plant resources in the form of local, district, state and national flora. BSI is an ENVIS centre, working on Floral Diversity.

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Wildlife Trust of India
Wildlife Trust of India is a nature conservation organization, working towards conserving wildlife and its habitats. It currently focuses its resources on six priority landscapes – northeast India, western Himalayas, terai, southern Ghats system, central India and marine. 


Zoological Survey of India

The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) was established on 1st July, 1916 to promote survey, exploration and research leading to the advancement in our knowledge of various aspects of exceptionally rich life of the erstwhile ‘British Indian Empire’. The survey has its genesis in the establishment of the Zoological Section of the Indian Museum at Calcutta in 1875. It functions as the guardian of the National Zoological Collections, containing over a million identified specimens from all animal groups ranging from Protozoa to Mammals. ZSI also hosts as an ENVIS centre that works on Faunal Diversity.


World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations. Its mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. Much of its work concentrates on the conservation of three biomes that contain most of the world's biodiversity: oceans and coasts, forests, and freshwater ecosystems. Also, it is concerned with endangered species, sustainable production of commodities and climate change. 

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Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology

Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology (MCBT) is a reptile zoo and herpetology research station. It is India's leading institution for herpeto-faunal conservation, research and education. The bank is the first crocodile breeding centre in Asia and comes under the purview of the Central Zoo Authority, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. It was established with the aim of saving three Indian endangered species of crocodile—the marsh or mugger crocodile, the saltwater crocodile, and the gharial, which at the time of founding of the trust were all nearing extinction.

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The International Union for Conservation of Nature

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is an international organization working in the field of nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. It is involved in data gathering and analysis, research, field projects, advocacy, lobbying and education. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. 

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Nature Conservation Foundation

Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) is non-governmental wildlife conservation and research organization, which promotes the use of science for wildlife conservation in India. It works in various habitats higher altitudes, Western Ghats and coastal regions, through individual projects that seeks to address the problems like declining of species and human-animal conflict. 

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Convention on Biological Diversity

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), known informally as the Biodiversity Convention, is a multilateral treaty. The Convention has three main goals: conservation of biological diversity (or biodiversity); sustainable use of its components; and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources. Its objective is to develop national strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. It is often seen as the key document regarding sustainable development.

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CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

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Sanctuary Asia

Sanctuary Asia is India’s leading nature and conservation portal. Sanctuary aims to communicate to readers the rationale for wildlife conservation and environment protection with a focus on the Indian subcontinent. In the years since its inception, it has come to be at the fulcrum of innumerable wildlife conservation campaigns, and serves as a forum for wildlife groups, concerned individuals and non-profit organizations in the country. 


India Biodiversity Portal

Indian Biodiversity Portal is a unique repository of information on India's biodiversity. The Portal aims to provide open and free access to biodiversity information and enables widespread participation by all citizens in contributing to and accessing information on Indian biodiversity. We believe that such open access benefits science and society, and contributes to sustainable future.

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