Rohini Nilekani pledges Rs 50 crore to environmental think tank ATREE

Philanthropist Rohini Nilekani has pledged Rs 50 crore ($6.8 million) to Bengaluru based think tank ATREE (Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment).

Out of Rs 50 crore, Rs 25 crore is a direct grant, while the remaining Rs 25 crore are matching funds for new grants ATREE raises from other sources, the environment and sustainability research institute said in a statement.

“Now more than ever, we require institutions that serve as an important bridge between academics, civil society and policymakers, bringing insights from long term research and data to support relevant decision making and shaping public discourse,” said Nilekani. “The gift is a testament to the importance and urgency of ATREE’s work in the face of our multiplying ecological challenges.”

Founder and chairperson of Arghyam Foundation, Rohini Nilekani is one of the board of trustees of ATREE.

ATREE founder Kamal Bawa said that the additional resources will allow the organisation to consolidate and expand its programmes to meet the growing environmental challenges such as the loss of biodiversity, water scarcity, and climate change. “These challenges are inextricably linked to the resilience for our future. Already, the pandemic has further exposed our vulnerability to our deteriorating relationship with nature,” he said.

Founded in 1996, ATREE enters its 25th year of interdisciplinary research focused on carrying out policy-oriented research, outreach and education in the field of environment conservation and sustainable development.


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