international acclaim Founder/Chairman, Development Alternatives (DA) President, IUCN, and Club of Rome
Anu Mahal, U.S. Goodwill Ambassador for DA
Dr. Khosla has taken an active part in the policy and decision making bodies of many of the largest environmental organizations in the world, including the World Conservation Union, (IUCN), The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Alliance for a New Humanity, championing the wider issues of environmentally sustainable development. He has devoted seventeen years to IUCN governance alone, as a Council member and Commission Chairman, plus seven years on the Board of the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) and another seven years each on the Boards of the IISD, WWF-India and ANH. Currently, he is also Co-President of the Club of Rome.
Achievements of Ashok Khosla and the Development Alternatives Group: •Successful introduction and integration of more than 20 new environmentally sound and commercially viable technologies into the market. •Activities that have led to the creation of more than a million sustainable livelihoods (jobs) and impacted the lives of some 6 million people, covering several States in India •Reclamation of nearly 25,000 Hectares of degraded wastelands through innovative methods of reforestation, watershed management, recharging ground water and other programmes, serving as models for numerous other institutions spread throughout the nation •Construction of more than 140 check-dams, now replicate in the thousands by other groups in many states of India. •Implementation of more than 600 “sustainability” projects, including rehabilitation of displaced people, environmental impact assessments, environmental management plans, corporate “environment and social responsibility” systems. •Implementation of over a dozen major projects on the resource management practices of indigenous people (e.g. the development of the Common Property Resource Management System) •Development of a fully operational GIS facility (recognized by the Indian Government as one of the best and innovative products for regional planning) •Successful introduction of the first Internet Portal for rural India, “TARAhaat.com” along with a rapidly growing network of cyber cafés / kiosks to provide access to up-to-date environmental information for villagers. TARAhaat won the 2001 Stockholm Challenge Award for “pioneering application of information technology to environment and development”. •Installation and successful operation of several decentralized power stations based on renewable biomass in different parts of India, leading to multiple environmental benefits. Show #34 Feb. 2011
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