About Us

Vidarbha Nature Conservation Society (VNCS) is a registered non – governmental organization. It was founded by a group of environmentalists in 1986 with a view to help forest dependent communities to earn their livelihoods from local natural ecosystem. Using this base, from inception, VNCS has worked on environmental education and awareness, natural resource based sustainable livelihoods, women’s empowerment, building partnerships with government departments to implement development programs and schemes. Our Executive Committee (EC) elected from General Body is too diverse in class, caste and gender. Of the 7 members 3 are women.

Geographic Focus

VNCS works in over 150 villages of districts of Gondia, Gadchiroli, Nagpur and Bhandara of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra state. This region is part of central India facing climate change challenges leading to depletion of natural resources. VNCS works with tribal and other poor and marginalized communities dwelling in forest areas who suffer most due to these challenges facing drought-like conditions almost every year. It presently covers over one hundred thousand people who are largely small and marginal land holders and landless families surviving on forest produce and locally available farm labor or other casual work.

VNCS has also facilitated formation of a network of similar minded CSOs/NGOs namely Vidarbha Livelihood Forum which operates in Vidarbha region for development of tribal and other poor since 2006. VNCS provides need-based support to NGO members of this network to strengthen their village development activities and convergence with public development schemes. This is also to certify that VNCS do not work for lobbying or involve in any political activity in any form in its operational area or elsewhere.

Executive Committee



Dr. Mrs. Kalpana Kalaskar

M.Sc.(Entomology), Ph.D.

Entomologist, known researcher in the field
of tussar silk and butterfly.


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Dr. N.R. Ugemuge (Rtd)

M.Sc.(Botany), Ph.D.

Retired professor emirates (Botany), eminent educationist, many research papers to his credit on medicinal plants.



Prof. Mr. Shriram Shende (Rtd)

M.Sc. (Chemistry)

Known Educationist and Social worker

Joint Secretary

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Mr. Gunvant Vaidhya


Working on informal education, rural development, health & women empowerment.



Mr. Rajendra Aghav


Working in the field of environmental education, welfare of the hearing impaired.


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Mrs. Meenakshi Gode


Social Worker


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Mrs. Hema Deshpande

M.Sc.(Environmental Science)

Environmental Scientist and Social Worker

Advisor (Forestry)


Mr. Amit S. Kalaskar

IFS, B.Sc., P.G. Dip. in Wildlife(WII)

Rtd. Chief Conservator of Forests. Known wildlife conservationist and retired forester, many researches appear to his credit.

Technical Advisor


Mr. Wasudeo Kulmethe

M.Sc., Rtd. DFO

Technical Advisor (Community Forestry & Livelihoods) at VNCS. Working on the management of MFP, FRA, BDA & livelihoods  with Gram Sabhas.

Executive Director

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Mr. Dilip Gode


Environmentalist, Conservationists and Development Professional...read more

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our Memorandum of Association spells out the need and importance of maintaining diversity, equity and inclusion of poor and vulnerable persons. We work towards the same while working in the field. Our annual General Body meeting and quarterly EC meetings take stock of beneficiaries with special reference to number of Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes and women are reached out during the year. Persons with diversity and qualification are encouraged to participate in our organization at various level.


Our Mission

Promote ecological balance through nature conservation and people's participation for just and equitable life for communities dependent on natural resources. This is to be achieved through training, capacity building, information sharing, promotion of land, water and forest based livelihood models, networking of CSOs and dialogue with development agencies for implementation of environmental policies and programs.


Issues Addressed

Past Work Details

Regions We Work In