The Andaman Nicobar Environment Team (ANET) is a multidisciplinary research hub and conservation centre which aims to address issues of contemporary significance to the islands and develop effective conservation strategies based on a sound understanding of the islands’ diverse social-ecological systems. ANET proposes to do this through independent interventions, collaborations and facilitation of engagements by organisations with similar visions and goals.
Established in 1993 as an initiative of the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT), ANET was born out of a series of path-breaking surveys on crocodiles and turtles by researchers from the MCBT led by Zai and Romulus Whitaker and Satish Bhaskar. Over the years, ANET has facilitated research and partnered with several government and civil society organisations such as the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) and Dakshin Foundation.
Currently, ANET is managed as a collaborative research and education centre through a partnership between the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT) and Dakshin Foundation. This institutional collaboration is informed by a shared vision towards sustainability as well as long-term field experience of both institutions in the islands.