South Asian Forum for Environment

SAFE Initiatives

  1. Climate Change research and resilience in climate-vulnerable coastal areas, floodplains, and drought-prone landscapes.
  2. Sustainable development & food security through climate-smart agriculture and community-based interventions in rural agrarian South Asia.
  3. Alternative livelihood & Community preparedness through technology cooperation towards adaptive mitigation.
  4. Biodiversity conservation & ecological restoration in tender ecosystems, wetlands, rainforests, and high-altitude terrains with special emphasis on urban biodiversity.
  5. Biorights and Payment of Environmental Services (PES) towards financial inclusion and social mainstreaming of commons.
  6. Environmental awareness and community governance towards reciprocal, equal, and participatory conservation for policy implications.
  7. Circular economy and Integrated Waste Management for emission reduction and resource conservation.
  8. Water, and sanitation under WASH program, using renewable energy technology to provide clean water to marginalized communities in rural, semi-urban, and urban areas.
  9. Enhance healthcare systems at grassroots levels, COVID-19 pandemic has created new poverty and inequality in society, and SAFE promotes a community-cohesion approach for improved human health and well-being.
  10. Building capacities with skill development training programs for increased income, and improved living conditions with composite efforts fostering transformative change.

CRACK: Living Lab:

CRACK (Center for Community Resilience Adaptation and Climate Knowledge) is integral to the community climate-change adaptability program of SAFE. This is one of its kind, ‘Living Lab’ in the nation to combat climate change in the disaster den of climate-vulnerable Sundarbans. The main theme behind developing CRACK is to augment community resilience and disaster preparedness within climate-vulnerable coastal areas of the Sundarbans.


In 2007, SAFE launched the project TREE, Teen Require Environmental Education in local schools and colleges. The student’s feedback report revealed that they are tired of reading environment books and now they seek an opportunity to make some practical contribution to the environment. This project has successfully created great scope for students to participate in the actual field activities bringing them close to the community. This has initiated learning by doing it in a more recreational way.

Net-Zero Vision 2070 & SAFE’s 5-point program

  1. Augmenting Carbon Sinks
  2. Circular Economy for local resilience
  3. Cyclic design approach
  4. Green skill building and sustainable academy
  5. Biorights & Rights-based conservation