VIKSAT is an institution of Nehru Foundation for Development (NFD), a registered public charitable trust, founded by the eminent scientist and the legendry visionary, Dr. Vikram A. Sarabhai, in the year 1966. Vikram Sarabhai Centre for Development Interaction - VIKSAT, was established in 1977, the second of the several activities that were initiated by the foundation towards all round development of the societies. VIKSAT, engaged in promotion of participatory management of natural resources, believes that the goal of sustainability in natural resources development and management can be achieved only through decisive participation of the local communities aided by an enabling role of the government agencies.

At present, VIKSAT has five field offices in four districts of Gujarat, namely, Bhiloda taluka, Sabarkantha district (1985); Satlasana taluka, Mehsana district (1985); Bhuj, Kachchh district (2001); Santalpur taluka, Patan district (2003); and Khedbrahma taluka, Sabarkantha district (2006). VIKSAT Head office is located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Over 34 years, VIKSAT has worked at grassroots level with communities in their local regions and tried to reach for the sustainability of natural resources.

The main Thrust areas of VIKSAT are Natural Resource Management and sustainable livelihoods. An activity area includes Forestry, Land, Water, Sustainable Agriculture, Bio-diversity, Policy Advocacy and Women Empowerment. To enhance meaningful participation in Natural Resources Management (NRM), VIKSAT has been working towards imparting community skills related to group organization, institution building, training and other resource support.

VIKSAT has associated with government departments not only as an implementing partner but also a responsible collaborator to carry forward the development processes in the region. For example, VIKSAT has been actively working with the Forest Department for the promotion of wasteland development and Joint Forest Management (JFM), Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) programme with WASMO and Sector Reforms projects of the Government of Gujarat. VIKSAT is also a nodal agency for Gujarat, Diu and Daman for National Environment Awareness Campaign (NEAC) since 1986, supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi. (More details on www.viksat.org)

 

Dilip Surkar
Director


VIKSAT
Nehru Foundation for Development
Thaltej Tekra, Ahmedabad-380054
Phone: 91-79-2685 6220, TeleFax: 91-79-2685 2360
Email: viksat@gmail.com, Web: www.viksat.org

Thaltej Tekra
Ahmedabad-380015
2685 3873 / 2685 7123
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