About Dakshin Foundation

Dakshin Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable, non-governmental organisation committed to environmental sustainability and social justice.

Our mission is to inform and advocate for conservation and natural resource management, while promoting and supporting sustainable livelihoods, social development and environmental justice. We adopt interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches in our research and interventions, drawing from the fields of ecology, conservation biology, sociology, economics, and law. By strengthening networks at local and national levels and supporting advocacy campaigns, we work to build grassroots’ capacities to secure ecosystems and rights and engage in conservation and environmental decision-making. Our goal is to promote ecologically and socially appropriate approaches to conservation and natural resource management in coastal, marine and mountain ecosystems in India.

Dakshin’s Approach

Dakshin aims to leverage simultaneous environmental and community-wellbeing benefits through stand-alone and intersectoral interventions. Our approach is based on an integrated philosophy that combines our research expertise from multiple fields to address environmental and livelihood concerns through appropriate models that are flexible across scales and implemented in partnership with local communities, government departments and other civil society organisations.

Our Programmes

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Sustainable Fisheries

Improving governance and management of fisheries by decentralising knowledge to empower stakeholder communities and to ensure their direct involvement in decision-making.

Monitoring green turtles in Lakshadweep

Marine Flagships

Filling critical gaps in our current knowledge of the oceans through long-term and collaborative monitoring of select ecosystems and marine species.


Communities and Resource Governance

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


Community Wellbeing and Environment

Improving the wellbeing of coastal communities while empowering them to build resilient communities and ecosystems.

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Conservation CrossRoads

Addressing contemporary emerging crises such as conflict that can be classified under the label of ‘wicked’, ‘messy’ problems.

Our Field Stations

Andaman Nicobar Environment Team

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