• Dr. Ashok Khosla, an environmental visionary of
international acclaim
Development Alternatives (DA)
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
•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
•Successful introduction of the first Internet Portal for rural India,
“” 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
•Installation and successful operation of several decentralized power
stations based on renewable biomass in different parts of India, leading
to multiple environmental benefits.                                
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                                                                                                            Feb. 2011
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