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


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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