Divya Karnad

The Eco-saviour

Divya is in the pursuit to help make India's seas sustainable for both, people and wildlife. She has won awards from the USA and EU in recognition of her contribution to the biodiversity of the world.

In over a decade of wildlife research and conservation, Divya has helped to conserve over 5, 00, 000 adult and baby sea turtles through community based conservation programmes, and reached out to over 1 million members of the public with messages about marine conservation. Having won awards from the USA and EU in recognition of her contribution to the biodiversity of the world, Divya is now working with fishermen and seafood consumers to help make India's seas sustainable for both, people and wildlife. As a woman, Divya has forged her way in a male dominated field. She also mentors students. At the local scale, Divya set up a sea turtle conservation and marine ecosystem awareness for women in her college, which has given about 480 women a chance to learn and be involved with marine conservation. She also increased student involvement in ecology and conservation through the Young Ecologists Talk and Interact (YETI) conference series, which has hosted over 1000 undergraduate and graduate students from across the country so far.

Working simultaneously across both coasts of India, Divya's footprint is felt at the grassroots level, through a network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and fishing communities interested in marine conservation. Building on her research outcomes, she trained and developed scientific capacity for ten NGOs across India to continue and expand her research through the Turtle Action Group India. She has also collaborated with artists and educators to create innovative environmental education opportunities for 1000 children in schools from Goa to Tamil Nadu.
Divya has been involved with fishing community conservation awareness programmes in the east and west coasts of India, through research projects in the years 2010-2012. Since 2008, she has reached out to a wide audience, through articles on marine conservation issues featured in national and international newspapers, magazines and e-zines. Through a combination of direct environmental action, environmental education and links to government bodies, Divya's work has influenced many policies on marine conservation in India.


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