Ashish Kothari

Founder-member of Indian environmental group Kalpavriksh, taught at Indian Institute of Public Administration, and guest faculty in several universities including as Mellon Fellow at Bowdoin College, USA. Coordinated India’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan process, served on boards of Greenpeace International and India, Indian Society of Ecological Economics, World Commission on Protected Areas, IUCN Commission on Social, Economic and Environmental Policy, and Bombay Natural History Society. Helped establish the IUCN Strategic Direction on Governance, Equity, Communities, and Livelihoods (TILCEPA) and the ICCA Consortium. Founding member of Global Sustainability University.

Active in several peoples’ movements, and member of Indian government committees on National Wildlife Action Plan, Biological Diversity Act, Environmental Appraisal of River Valley Projects, and Implementation of Forest Rights Act. Initiated the Vikalp Sangam (Alternatives Confluence), process and website to network development alternatives in India, and global dialogue process on Radical Ecological Democracy. Co-coordinator of ACKNOWL-EJ project on transformative knowledge. Has (co)authored or (co)edited over 30 books, including Sharing Power, and Churning the Earth and two childrens’ books, and over 300 articles.

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