Aaranyak (www.aaranyak.org) is recognized as a Scientific and Industrial Research (SIRO) Organization by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Govt. of India. The organization is also a recognized research institute affiliated to Dibrugarh University, Assam. Aaranyak has been working for the conservation of biodiversity of the Northeast India (a global biodiversity hotspot), and sustainable management of the rich natural resources of the region. Aaranyak, over the course of last 29 years have proven expertise in scientific research, environmental education and legal and policy advocacy for conservation of endangered wildlife of the region. Aaranyak’s beginning in the year 1989 was humble, but the mission was as strong as it is today and the vision vibrant with dreams of ushering in a new era of environmental consciousness among the masses. Aaranyak is a closely knit team of environmental scientists, researchers, community workers, educators and environmental legal specialists. It works in close association of the state forests departments, local communities and local organizations.
Aaranyak is registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 in India having registration number 3096 of 1989-90. Aaranyak is registered under section 80G of the Income Tax Act. of 1961, which enables donations made to Aaranyak in India carry tax exemption. Registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. of 1976 entitles Aaranyak to receive foreign contribution to work in the field of biodiversity research and conservation.
Aaranyak’s efforts towards bridging the gap between research and adaptive management of wildlife and forests have won us many accolades from around the globe. In 2011, Aaranyak received the prestigious RBS ‘Earth Guardian Award 2011’ conferred by the Royal Bank of Scotland. Aaranyak was bestowed with the 2012 Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Purashkar, by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Govt. of India. Government of Assam also conferred the “Institutional Award in the field of Science and Technology” in 2017.