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Ecosystem Restoration

A trumpet call

About Us

Uttarayan (Wildlife Wing), a 35+ yr old NGO working with people and ecosystem has been steadily building robust ecology across West Bengal.

We are partnering with WWF West Bengal to create a nursery for elephant fodder and repellant plantation to restore fragmented habitats of North Bengal Terai elephant corridors.

We are also partnering with Rainmatter Foundation for Forest and landscape restoration in a participatory mode – – the largest of its kind in India in parts of elephant corridors of South Bengal – a volatile field of man-elephant conflict.

We also work extensively with WCT in Sundarbans creating a model village in Songaon, Gosaba, Namkhana, where we are restoring saline land, doing plantations to create a balance between ecological restoration and human well being. Our latest initiative is to remove plastic waste from the sensitive ecosystem of Sundarbans.

The NGO’s sole mission and vision has been to REVIVE – REGENERATE – RESTORE fragmented landscapes and recreate rich biodiversity while balancing human needs.

Our methodology is purely community based collaborations so that each benefit from each other and community takes full ownership of the regeneration process.

We address key aspects of UN SDG.

Our Partners

Nature Mates

Ecological Footprint

June 05, 2018

Celebrated World Environment Day with local Forest Department of Arambagh, Hooghly, the program comprised of Awareness generation in local school students, by organising Drawing Competition, Essay Writing, Slogan Writing, etc. It got local news coverage as well.

August 12, 2018

Celebrated World Elephant Day by planting fodder tree species near forest fringe grasslands of Gobindapur, Bankura.

March 21, 2019

Celebrated World Forest Day by planting various types of avenue tree species on roadsides in Kusumdungri, Bankura and Panipathar, Purulia.

June 5, 2019

Celebrated World Environment Day with a school of Baguihati. Uttarayan organised a visit of Banabitan with environment related placards for the students.

August 8, 2019

Celebrated Horticulture Day, by providing fruit saplings to local villagers so that they can plant them on their courtyard and it will be regarded as a source of food. It was organised in Santiniketan, Birbhum district.

March 8, 2020

Celebrated World Women’s Day by giving away timber species as an empowerment to about 200 women’s of Arambagh, so that they can plant them and after 8-10years, if they are in financial crisis then they can sell the timber and improve their family economically.

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June 5, 2020

Celebrated World Environment Day by organizing a miking session about forest degradation, climate change, habitat destruction, etc in various parts of Kolkata.

 

August 15, 2020

Celebrated Independence Day by planting total 2020 plants in different parts of Hooghly, Bankura, Birbhum, Purulia, Kolkata, etc.

The Team

Mr. Sanat Kumar Das, Retd. (IFS), Director of Uttarayan Wild Life

Conservation sets and evolves the strategic direction for wild life conservation, while nurturing a strong leadership team to drive its execution.

  • He holds a degree of B.SC (Ag) from Kalyani University, AIFC from Forest research Institute & Colleges, Dehradun,UP. In addition to that he has undergone various professional training both National and International.
  • During his long service tenure from 1968 – 2003 with Ministry of Environmental and Forest, Govt. of India, he was Incharge of conservation of bio diversity in the eleven states of Eastern and North Eastern states like – Orissa,WB, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Manipur,Mizoram, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh etc. He is also having a vast experience on Conservation of Tiger in the mangrove ecosystem.
  • He even worked with Royal Govt. of Bhutan, looking after bio-diversity conservation in the Eastern part of Bhutan.
  • Earlier during his tenure as Divisional Forest officer in 24 Parganas (1990-1993) , he undertook Mangrove Conservation, Protection and Development project in the SUNDERBAN BIOSHPERE RESERVE.
  • As a Deputy Conservator of Forests –SBR (1993-1995) his area of operations was from Sagar island to Herobhanga bordering Sajnekhali and the Sunderban Tiger Reserve from Herobhanga side to Bangladesh border.
  • During his tenure with Govt. of India as Regional Deputy Director Wild Life Preservation – Eastern Region (1995-1998) worked on socio-economic development of the Biosphere habitants.  
  • Presently associated with eminent industrial groups like Pallishree Ltd.(WB) etc. providing technical knowledge for development of Nurseries .
Prashant-Pandit

Prashant Pandit - Honorary Member of Uttarayan Wild Life Conservation

Mr. Prasanta Kumar Pandit, Retd. (IFS),Honarary Member of  Uttarayan Wild Life Conservation, having not only vast experience throughout West Bengal in territorial, Wildlife, Tiger Reserves, Protected Areas & Marketing div. as Additional DFO,DFO & Div.Mgr., Conservator / Chief Conservator  of forests but an eminent award winner personality, a Professor and an author (books & monographs).

  • He holds a degree of M.Sc(Botany) under Calcutta University, Diploma of State Forest Service College, Burnihat, Assam (Govt. Of India, presently renamed as Academy of State Forest Service) Recognised by Forest Research Institute & Colleges, Dehradun, UP. He attended specialised Training across India.
  • During his long service tenure he published 36 articles in National & International journals on Ethnomedicianl plants, Ethnoveterinary plants, Non timber Forest Products, Sacred Groves,, wildlife related issues etc. He won some eminent awards viz. Sk Seth Prize of The Indian Forester for best Research paper in the field of Environment, Ecology and Allied Disciplines (2004), Master Trainer /Master resource Person in the Forestry & allied Sector.
  • Earlier he worked as ACF & Additional Div. Forest Officer in Bankura region (1990-1993), ACF & Addl. Dy. Field Director, Buxa Tiger Reserve Alipurduar (1993-1994), DCF & DFO , Purulia (1999-2001),DCF & Div. Mgr., Medinipur (2001-2002), DCF & Div. Mgr. Kharagpur (2002-2006),
  • As DFO, Siliguri (1996-1999) his major achievement was Construction of Non-timber Forest Product Museum at Sukna.
  • While his tenure as DCG & DFO, Jhargram (2006-2009), he conducted huge activities under MGNREGA funds.
  • DCF & Asst. Chief Conservator of Forests (2009-2010), DCF ^ Dy. Field Director, Sundarban Tiger Reserve (2010-2013), CCF & Addl. Project Director (2014-2017) , assisted in Development of HI Tech Nurseries in interstate level.

Since 2017 he is associated as Chief Conservator of Forests , Personnel Mngt. Cell with West Bengal Forest Directorate.

Abhishek-Ghosh

Abhishek Ghosh, Member and SME, Uttarayan Wildlife Wing

M.Sc. Forestry from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun with experience of working on Community Education, Awareness Generation and Conservation Strategies for Gangetic Dolphin in West Bengal and have experience of habitat restoration project in Maldevta, Dehradun. I am one of the four candidates in India to get the prestigeous fellowship from International Tropical Timber Organization, Yokohama, Japan for Internship work on Socio-economic dependency on Agroforestry in Yamuna Nagar, Haryana. I have also been working in leading role on several projects of  ecological importance like awareness generation in society, afforestation in several parts of India, etc. under the banner of Uttarayan.

diya

Diya Sur, Honorary Director, Uttarayan Wildlife Wing

An ex corporate wholly dedicated to wildlife management and conservation in West Bengal for past 15 years. I have been in several prestigious conflict management mitigation projects for past 10 years. Am also a successful activist voicing my concerns in form of RTI, PIL’s for better management and

slip-offs. Featured in Fortune India magazine as a wildlife conservationist working towards Conflict mitigation.

Certified from United for Wildlife in Ecology: Ecosystem Dynamics and Conservation

Awarded the Hoffman Ecology Restoration Grant, Switzerland to revive the broken ecology of Sundarbans Post Amphan.

The Team

Trustee

Mr. Sanat Kumar Das, Retd. (IFS), Director of Uttarayan Wild Life

Conservation sets and evolves the strategic direction for wild life conservation while nurturing a strong leadership team to drive its execution.

Earlier during his tenure as Divisional Forest officer in 24 Parganas (1990-1993) , he undertook Mangrove Conservation, Protection and Development project in the SUNDERBAN BIOSHPERE RESERVE.

As a Deputy Conservator of Forests –SBR (1993-1995) his area of operations was from Sagar island to Herobhanga bordering Sajnekhali and the Sunderban Tiger Reserve from Herobhanga side to Bangladesh border.

Prashant Pandit - Honorary Member of Uttarayan Wild Life Conservation

Mr. Prasanta Kumar Pandit, Retd. (IFS),Honarary Member of Uttarayan Wild Life Conservation, having not only vast experience throughout West Bengal in territorial, Wildlife, Tiger Reserves, Protected Areas & Marketing div. as Additional DFO,DFO & Div.Mgr., Conservator / Chief Conservator of forests but an eminent award winner personality, a Professor and an author (books & monographs).

Abhishek-Ghosh

Abhishek Ghosh, Member and SME, Uttarayan Wildlife Wing

M.Sc. Forestry from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun with experience of working on Community Education, Awareness Generation and Conservation Strategies for Gangetic Dolphin in West Bengal and have experience of habitat restoration project in Maldevta, Dehradun. I am one of the four candidates in India to get the prestigeous fellowship from International Tropical Timber Organization, Yokohama, Japan for Internship work on Socio-economic dependency on Agroforestry in Yamuna Nagar, Haryana. I have also been working in leading role on several projects of  ecological importance like awareness generation in society, afforestation in several parts of India, etc. under the banner of Uttarayan.

diya

Diya Sur, Honorary Director, Uttarayan Wildlife Wing

An ex corporate wholly dedicated to wildlife management and conservation in West Bengal for past 15 years. I have been in several prestigious conflict management mitigation projects for past 10 years. Am also a successful activist voicing my concerns in form of RTI, PIL’s for better management and

slip-offs. Featured in Fortune India magazine as a wildlife conservationist working towards Conflict mitigation.

Certified from United for Wildlife in Ecology: Ecosystem Dynamics and Conservation

Awarded the Hoffman Ecology Restoration Grant, Switzerland to revive the broken ecology of Sundarbans Post Amphan.

Dr. Anup Sinha

Eminent Economist
Chairman, Bandhan Bank
Ex-Dean of Studies IIM Kolkata
Ex Director NABARD

Baibhab Roy

Alumni of most prestigious Indian Institutes – Indian Statistical Institutes, IIM bringing in unique leadership led the group in fields uncharted. It is with his vision B K Roy group now boasts the finest Nursery division, takes pride in state of art DBT Certified tissue culture unit.

Dr. Sunipa Sinha Roy

MBBS, MD, DPM
Founder of Uttarayan

Sreela Pillai Roy

Economist
Ex AVP, HDFC Bank

Other Members

Atin-Chatterjee

Atin Chatterjee, Project Head, South Bengal

M.Sc Environmental Science from Visva-Bharati Central University. 5 years working experience with WWF-India as an intern , volunteer, and field guide resource person for eco trail. Presently working in Uttarayan Wildlife Wing as a Project head of Ecological Restoration in South Bengal.

Saheba-Ghosh

Saheba Ghosh, Project Head, Sundarbans

- Young green champion leader 2010

M.Sc Zoology from Netaji Subhas Open University. Working experience as field assistant at Paribesh Unnayan Parishad 3 years working experience with WWF-INDIA as field assistant. Presently working in Uttarayan Wildlife Wing as a Project Head, Sundarbans for ecological restoration and livelihood projects.

Advisor

Dr. P.K. Sen

Completed M Sc ,PhD from  Calcutta University.  Achrya P C Roy  fellow.. Joined ICAR as Scientist(Soil) .Later  joined Dept of Agriculture  Govt of West Bengal.as Deputy  Director. Worked with International plant Nutrient Institute, The Sulphur  Institute USA.and Fetiliser Association of India. Recipients of Sri Ram Award and Sar Samachar Samman fromFAI. More than eighty publications  in national and international re journals .Retired from  Govt service as Additional  Dierector of Agriculutre and Managing Dierector  WBSSC.

Saurav Roy

Scientific Advisor and Director
B.Engg.(Electronics)
University of Sussex. UK.
M.Engg. (Ocean)
Griffith University. Australia.
20 + years experience .
Worked with Gold Coast City Council, EPA, along with University for beach protection, beach erosion prevention, wind and tidal energy generation. Worked for prevention of coast and river banks from recreational wake boarding.

Dr. Anirban Das

MBBS, PHD Philosophy
Associate Professor Centre for Studies in Social Science(CSSSC)
Government of India

Kaushik Ghosh

Architect and Urban Planner Assistant Professor
Urban Management Center Netaji Subhash Administrative Training Institute Government of West Bengal

Contact Us

Uttarayan

Registered office : Chandur, Arambagh, Hooghly – 712602. 
 
City Office : Merlin Infinite, DN 51, 12th Floor, Unit 1205, Sector V, Salt Lake City, Kolkata – 700091.

 

  uttarayan@gmail.com