South Asian Forum for Environment [SAFE] (www.safeinch.org), a regional civil society organization registered in India under Trust Act 1882, is spearheading interventions in sustainable environmental development in the South Asian ecoregion, since June 2004. SAFE is committed to working towards community-based pro-poor climate solutions through adaptive mitigation and inclusive approaches, leaving no one behind. Nationally, SAFE is accredited by the Planning Commission, Govt. of India, and as well M/o Env. Forest & Climate Change, Central Social Welfare Board, and National Council of Sustainable Development in India. SAFE has the onus to lead the National Mission on Renewable Energy and also as implementing agency for the National Water Mission of India.
Major domains in the rural development sector that SAFE has engaged with a multi-pronged holistic approach, pertain to climate resilient agriculture, renewable energy, water resource management, habitat conservation and restoration, rejuvenation of ecosystem services, biodiversity, and alternative livelihood for the marginal commons. In the urban sector, it has been working on integrated solid waste management (ISWM), reduction of urban heat-island effects, urban agrobiodiversity, public biodiversity registers etc. SAFE has also embarked on awareness and policy advocacy by advancing ‘Biorights of Commons’ as an economic conservation paradigm that was showcased in the 4th TEEB report of UNEP and in the 12th plan document of Govt. of India.