Centre for Environment & Social Concerns


a not-for- profit resource centre

inter-disciplinary initiatives in environment & development

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Centre for Environment and Social Concerns [cesc] is a not-for-profit resource center initiated by a group of professionals from different disciplines. It recognizes the pressing need to seriously address the interdisciplinary concerns of diverse initiatives for placing development process on a sustainable trajectory. The mission of the center is to provide such knowledge-based services to the wide range of stakeholders in the development sector such as local communities, government agencies, non-government organizations, and decision makers at different levels. It promotes studies and action research for responsible management of natural resources, to meet institutional and policy challenges for addressing gender and equity concerns as a crosscutting theme, for revitalizing the traditional/ indigenous knowledge systems and recasting developmental action as an environmentally sensitive enterprise that recognizes the livelihood-biodiversity linkages. It is mobilizing interdisciplinary contributions to the contemporary development dialogue from environmental sciences, ecology and social sciences. It also supports initiatives involving Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for enabling disadvantaged communities overcome the digital divide.


At present the professionals associated with cesc are engaged in activities such as:

  • Research on conservation of natural resources, integrity of ecological systems, protection of environment, preservation of biodiversity, and ecologically sustainable and equitable development

  • Studies, documentation and practical engagement with the institutional needs for understanding, sustaining, rejuvenating and enhancing of various traditional, folk and indigenous knowledge systems

  • Interventions and studies for the gender equity and women’s participation as equal partners in all spheres

  • Policy analysis, interventions and advocacy initiatives 

  • Use of ICT for development and empowerment of rural and less privileged communities

  • Addressing the livelihood and rights related concerns of peoples closely dependent on ecological resources or with close linkages to biodiversity

  • Providing relevant technology inputs and/or solutions to local initiatives

  • Working with grassroots initiatives to strengthen the institutional frameworks necessary for democratic self-governance that internalizes concerns of equity, gender and sustainable resource management

Our current activities include preparing backgrounders on ecology, livelihoods and development, working with grassroots initiatives to integrate biodiversity concerns into local governance, networking of individuals and organizations working for biodiversity conservation with community involvement, supporting the efforts for revitalization of traditional/ non-codified knowledge systems and policy studies centered on gender. The CESC is at present the nodal organization coordinating the Western India Biodiversity Network, consisting of several organizations from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan. The organization is also associated with the networking of efforts on the Gujarat coastal region for responsible management of coastal resources. 

Contact us: Mailing Address: 

Centre for Environmental & Social Concerns
G-3, Sameep Apartment, Near Hero Honda Showroom, Manekbaug

Shreyas Rail Cross, Ahmedabad 380015 (Gujarat, INDIA)
web: http://www.cesc-india.org

Tel: +91-79-26401571; 65446747

Director: Mr. Chandanathil P.Geevan, Ph.D. cpgeevan@cesc-india.org; Cell: +91-9824283954

Senior Program Associate: Mr.Arun M. Dixit, Ph.D. arunmdixit@cesc-india.org; Cell: +91-9374337471 

Related links: [National Innovation Foundation] [SRISTI] [GIAN]  [Kalparvriksh] [International Collective in Support of Fish Workers] [Solution Exchange a UN initiative for development practitioners in India] [E-Governance Resources] [Digital Governance Initiative] [Aga Khan Development Network & Aga Khan Foundation] [Enviro Debate]



Study  on Sustainability of Village Institutions  Promoted by  NGOs  in  Natural  Resources  Management  & Sustainable  Livelihoods

Supported by AKRSP(I) and the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT)

Multi-location Study

Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka, & Jharkhand



Google Scholar Scholar


CELL Project - Mandvi, Kutch, Gujarat

Conservation, Enterprises and Livelihoods – Coastal (CELL) supported by the Ford Foundation (in progress)


Coordinated by Covenant Centre for Development - CCD, Madurai]

Biodiversity Conservation and Rural Livelihood Improvement Project

BCRLIP - A National Project of the Ministry of Environment & Forest, aided by the World Bank

CESC was the Field Associate Organization supporting the studies on the Wild Ass Sanctuary and Little Rann of Kutch Landscape,  Gujarat.


National Innovation Foundation


Project in Kutch


Linking Traditional Knowledge Database on Medicinal Plants of Kachchh With National Innovation Foundation (NIF) Database