The Conservation Action
Trust (CAT) is a registered non-profit
organization formed to protect the environment,
particularly forests and wildlife.
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.
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.
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.
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
CAT - Conservation Action
Address: B 502 Glengate, Hiran.
Gardens, Powai, Mumbai 400076