Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra
SECTOR: Animal Welfare
SUB SECTOR: Wildlife
UN Sustainable Development Goal:
Goal 14: Life Below Water
Goal 15: Life on Land
% Spent on beneficiaries
Financial Score:
Age: 30 Years
Tax Benefit: 50%
Foreign donations:
Location(s): Maharashtra
Issues Addressed:
1) Conservation and Protection of Marine Turtles 2) Illegal killing and trade of Indian Pangolin 3) Solid waste management
Supported by:
1) Dow Chemicals Internatinal Private Limited; 2) Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit(GIZ); 3) The Rufford Foundation; 4) The Habbitas Trust; 5) ICICI bank Limited; 6) Ashirvadam foundation; 7) Dharamsi Morarji Chemical Company Limited; 8) Saba Software
Key Trustees:
Mr. Vishwas Vishnu Joshi, President; Mr. Pramod Yashwant Joshi, Vice president;
Mr. Uday Sadashiv Pandit, Secretary; Mr. Santosh Divakar Desai, Treasurer;
Mr. Arvind Gajanan More, Jt. Secretary; Mr. Vijay Krushn Mahabal, Member
Mr. Sandip Sadashiv Rane Member
Recognition: 1) Maha MTB - Maha MTB Green Avengers Award - 2019 2) Zee 24 Tas - Ananya Sanman - 2011 3) Carl Zeiss India - Wildlife Conservation award - 2013 4) URL Foundation, Mumbai - Samajik Gourav Puraskar - 2013 5) Sanctuary RBS - Wildlife service award - 2008
Sector Comparison:
Beneficiary Spend:
Average: 77.8% Highest: 91.4% Lowest: 49.1%
Average: Rs2 cr Highest: Rs9 cr Lowest: Rs1 lac
How much to donate
  • Rs 5000 for a one pangolin awareness lecture at school
  • Rs 3000 for plastic collection activity
  • Rs 1000 to provide livelihood for 3 day through plastic upcycling
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Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra (SNM) was established when a few likeminded people wanted to do more. Out of the brain storming of these individuals, the aim to "Broaden the vision of nature conservation" was taken up as the mission of this organization. Until date, SNM has been continuously striving to live up to the slogan. They have built a strong base of volunteers spread across Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra.


Turtle Conservation

Due to the harvesting of marine turtles and their eggs, marine turtles are now endangered in every region of the planet. SNM has protected more than 800 nests and over 35,000 hatchlings into the sea. In its first year, SNM safeguarded 50 Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) nests and released 2734 hatchlings in Velas in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri district.

Pangolin Protection

SNM sent awareness letters to the village heads, Police Patil and Dispute free village villages across the district. Specially designed leaflets in Marathi language were distributed to 3255 individuals. SNM had developed a book "Pangolins on Coins and Stamps of the World". Questionnaire survey was conducted in 178 villages and collected a baseline data on the presence of the Pangolin in Sindhudurg district.

Waste Management

In Chiplun city and the nearby villages, a programme was run to raise awareness of all forms of hazardous, non-corrosive, and decomposable garbage. A trial waste management project was launched in the "Kiran Vihar Sankul" building, which contains 69 apartments. Wet garbage was collected daily from each apartment in the complex, and composting was initiated. The dry trash in the package was also divided into categories including plastic, glass, cloth, and paper, and stored there. Sorted garbage was then delivered to the factories and concerned dealers for proper disposal.

Alternate Livelihood

SNM had explored the region intensively and found few places to established Home- stay ecotourism in the region to promote eco-tourism and wildlife conservation through sustainable living. SNM established home stay and trained local youngsters to be a nature guide in Choravane,Veer and Panhali village.

23 lac
17 lac
Source : Audit Report 2021
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