About Dakshin Foundation

Dakshin Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable, non-governmental organisation committed to environmental preservation 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

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 species and ecosystems


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.


Environmental Education

By working within the framework of both formal and non-formal educational systems we aim to bridge the growing disconnect between people and their environment.


Community Wellbeing and Environment

The programme aims to improve community health of fishing communities and build their capacity to manage coastal & marine resources.

Our Field Stations

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Rushikulya, Odisha

Pic 1 - A pole and line fishing operation in action

Agatti, Lakshadweep Islands


Malvan, Maharashtra