“Established in 1993 as an initiative of the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT),
The Andaman Nicobar Environment Team (ANET) is a multidisciplinary research hub, environmental conservation and education centre in the Andaman Islands that is now owned and managed by Dakshin Foundation, a long-term institutional partner of MCBT. “

Currently, our research can be categorised within the broad interlinked focus themes of
Marine, Terrestrial and Community.

ANET does not limit its focus to any single disciplinary approach or conceptual lens in its work, rather, the aim is to engage in a deliberate blurring of disciplinary boundaries and draw insights resulting from a productive engagement between scholars from both natural and social sciences.

ANET’s philosophical leanings are strongly aligned with sustainable use, and we differ from conventional protectionist conservation organisations in that we unapologetically support the rights of local communities to sustainably utilise natural resources and to exercise their cultural rights and worldviews. We believe change that is brought about through democratic means and with a focus on equitable governance of natural resources. This can lead to better social and economic outcomes, and incidentally better environmental outcomes.