Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India


The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of the Central Government of India for the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of the environmental and forestry programmes.  The primary concerns of the Ministry are implementation of policies and programmes relating to conservation of the country's natural resources including lakes and rivers, biodiversity, forests, wildlife, ensuring the welfare of animals, and prevention and reduction of pollution. While implementing these policies and programmes, the Ministry is guided by the principle of sustainable development and enhancement of human well-being.

The Ministry operates through its two divisions, Environment Wing, and Forests and Wildlife Wing. The Indo-German Biodiversity Programme works in close collaboration with the Environment Wing of MoEFCC. For more information on MoEFCC, please visit

Other Partners


The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) is the implementing partner for the projects at the national level. For practical implementation of the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Coastal and Marine Protected Areas (CMPA) Project in the selected pilot areas along the coast, we work in collaboration with the forest departments of the States of Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu, as well as research and training institutions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).


Thus, in the case of Maharashtra, the state counterpart is the Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) Mangrove Cell, Maharashtra Forest Department. Besides the states’ forest departments, the following organisations are identified as potential cooperation or implementation partners:

  • Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organisation (BOBP-IGO), Chennai
  • Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Mumbai
  • Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Chennai
  • Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES-IIS), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM), Chennai
  • Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra, Maharashtra
  • Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute, Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu
  • Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun













The Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) in Bremen is the main cooperation partner for the CMPA Project in Germany.

Incentives for Sustainable Management of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (ISBM) Project works with the State Governments, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), leading Scientific and Research institutions like Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, Indian Institute of Management (IIT) Mumbai, Madras School of Economics (MSE), Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) Delhi, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), NGOs like Wetlands Institute, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) India, Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe) and many others.

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