Care Earth Trust is a Chennai, India based Technical Non-Governmental Organization that was founded in the year 2000.
Mission: Conservation of biodiversity for human well being through research, advocacy and capacity building. The organization was awarded the prestigious Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar for the year 2009, by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. In 2013, one of the trustees was awarded the prestigious TieCon-Social Entrepreneur Award by The Indus Entrepreneurs, a Global network of Information Technology Companies.
The following are the objectives of Care Earth:
- To provide scientific services in the area of biodiversity inventorying and monitoring
- To assess human impacts on environment and recommend strategies and action for improvement
- To undertake training and capacity building initiatives for the conservation of biodiversity
- To develop and disseminate resource material on all components of biodiversity
- To facilitate the rescue and rehabilitation of stray, sick and abandoned animals
Over the last fifteen years, Care Earth has evolved to be an equal opportunity, non-discriminating organization. The Trust is constituted of and governed by people who are not only subject experts, but are also well known for their integrity and commitment to science and human welfare.
Trustees: Dr P S Easa , Prof N V Joshi, Dr R J Ranjit Daniels and Dr Jayshree Vencatesan
Care Earth, as an institution and the Trustees, as members, are represented as
- Member – Empowered Panel of the National Wildlife Board, Government of India
- Member – Environment sub-group, State Human Rights Commission, Government of Tamilnadu
- Member of the Working Group on Mapping Ecologically Sensitive, Significant, and Salient Areas of Western Ghats, for the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India
- Invited member – Western Ghats Expert Ecology Panel, set up by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India
- Member of the Working Group: Forests and Livelihoods, Planning Commission of India
- Member of the Tiger Conservation Authority, Tamil Nadu Forest Department, Government of Tamil Nadu
- Member of the CAMPA, Tamil Nadu Forest Department and Working Group on Forests and Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu
- Member of the Conservation Authority for Pallikaranai Marsh, Government of Tamil Nadu
- Member of the Working Group on Forests, State Planning Commission, Government of Tamil Nadu
- Member, Tamil Nadu State Wildlife Advisory Board, Government of Tamil Nadu
- Member, Kerala State Wildlife Advisory Board, Government of Kerala.
- Member, Asian Elephant Specialist Group, IUCN/SSC
- Member, Project Elephant Steering Committee, Government of India
- Member, State Wildlife Advisory Board, Government of Chattisgarh
- Member, Elephant Task Force, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India
- Member, Committee for studying the Human Wildlife Conflict related issues in Kerala, Government of Kerala
- Member – Approval Committee of Tiger Conservation Plan for Tiger Reserves of South India, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.
- Consultant to the National Biodiversity Authority, Government of India to revise the National Biodiversity Action Plan of India for submission to the Conference of Parties (CPO11) held at Hyderabad, 2012.
- Consultant to the National Biodiversity Authority, Government of India to revise the National Targets for submission to the Conference of Parties (COP12)
Care Earth’s engagement with the judiciary
Care Earth has served as the expert member on two High Level Committees established by the Hon’ble High Court of Madras to oversee the restoration of major wetlands of Tamil Nadu viz. Adyar Creek and the Pallikaranai Marsh.
Care Earth has a full service administrative office in Chennai with state of art facilities for research and development. Extension facilities of Care Earth include a dedicated farm of 24 acres for palms and cycads at Wallajahbad, Kanchipuram district, a field station at Bhavanisagar, Erode district, and a rehabilitation centre for animals at Iyyencheri, Kanchipuram district.