Ashish Kothari began working on environment and development issues in his school days in 1978- 79, as one of the founders of Kalpavriksh, an Indian environmental NGO. He remains active with Kalpavriksh’s Conservation and Livelihoods Programme.

A graduate in Sociology, Ashish has taught environment at the Indian Institute of Public Administration in the 1990s, and been guest faculty at several universities, institutes, and colleges.He has been Co-Chair of the IUCN Inter-commission Strategic Direction on Governance, Equity, and Livelihoods in Relation to Protected Areas (TILCEPA) (1999-2008).He has served on the Board of Directors of Greenpeace International, and currently chairs Greenpeace India’s Board. Ashish also coordinated India's National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan process.

KALPAVRIKSH is a non profit organization working on environmental and social issues. The group began in 1979 with a campaign led by students to save Delhi's Ridge Forest. Kalpavriksh believes that a country can develop meaningfully only when ecological sustainability and social equity are guaranteed, and a sense of respect for, and oneness with nature and fellow humans is achieved.

Ashish is the author or editor of over 30 books, and over 250 articles.



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