About Our Dakshin Foundation

Dakshin Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation and a charitable trust.  Our mission is to inform and advocate conservation and natural resource management, while promoting and supporting sustainable livelihoods, social development and environmental justice. We adopt interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches in our research and conservation interventions, drawing from the fields of ecology, conservation biology, sociology, economics, and law. Our work aims at building community capacities for conservation and enhancing community stakes and rights in environmental decision-making, towards strengthening networks and supporting advocacy campaigns. Our goal is to promote ecologically and socially appropriate approaches to conservation and management in coastal, marine and mountain ecosystems in India

Dakshin's Approach

The most severe failure in India’s environmental governance frameworks covering diverse political spaces, is the failure to integrate the social, and the ecological. Dakshin endeavours to influence environment and nature conservation in this direction, to articulate a conservation agenda that stems from integrated philosophies.

Our Programmes


Biodiversity and Resource Monitoring

Our applied scientific research aims at filling some of the critical gaps in our current knowledge of mountain and marine ecosystems. Through long-term monitoring of select ecosystems

Environmental Education

Environmental awareness remains the single most powerful tool required to inculcate sensitivity and responsibility towards issues of conservation and sustainability in a significant manner.

Communities and Resource Governance

The programme supports a range of research and policy analyses that aim at a critical appraisal of legislations and their implications for specific communities and ecosystems.

 Our Partnerships