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The Conservation Action Trust (CAT) is a registered non-profit organization formed to protect the environment, particularly forests and wildlife.
The main purpose of CAT is to educate and enlighten decision makers and the public about the importance of forests for our survival. The role of forests in protecting the water security of the country is one of the major thrust areas of CAT.
CAT is led by Mr Debi Goenka, one of India’s well-known conservationists. Debi Goenka has been working in the field of environmental protection in India since 1975, and has pioneered several successful campaigns to protect the natural environment. Some of the most notable success stories have been the protection of mangroves, the protection of the Borivili National Park, and the success in protecting over 3,500 square kilometers of forests in Vidarbha from denotification. He has also been involved in campaigns to prevent the denotification of the Melghat Tiger Sanctuary, the notification of Dahanu Taluka as an ecologically sensitive area, the protection of the coastal areas of Murud Janjira, the declaration of the Nandur-Madhameshwar bird sanctuary, as well as the campaign against Enron.
The Board of Trustees of CAT is headed by Mr B G Deshmukh, IAS (retd.), former Cabinet Secretary of the Government of India. Its Chairman is Mr Pavan Sukhdev,  who works with the Deutsche Bank. Other Trustees include Mr Bittu Sahgal, Editor of Sanctuary Magazine, Mr Navroz Seervai, an eminent lawyer and Senior Counsel, Mr Rishad Naoroji, ornithologist, photographer and one of India’s experts on birds of prey, and Dr Taej Mundkur, wetland specialist and ornithologist. The team also includes Mr Kishor Rithe, a grass roots conservationist who has been protecting tigers, rehabilitating villages and running health camps in tiger reserves.
CAT is dedicated to provide assistance in the form of technical information, legal advice, aid and equipment to all those who are confronting environmental problems. It works closely with the Forest Departments and other NGOs that are fighting to protect nature and natural resources. Current campaigns include helping to solve the tiger crisis and ensuring that forests are not distributed to appease voters.
CAT - Conservation Action Trust
Address: B 502 Glengate, Hiran. Gardens, Powai, Mumbai 400076
Phone: 91-22-25707207
Fax: 91-22-25701459