Westbridge Capital Pledges Rs 25 Crore to ATREE for Environmental Conservation​

Bengaluru, February 7, 2024

WestBridge Capital has pledged Rs 25 crores to Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) to strengthen linkages between science and policy in the environment sector in India. Previously, with their support, ATREE established the Centre for Policy Design to bolster its capacity to convert research to on-the-ground impact.

We depend on healthy and resilient ecosystems for our survival.  The converging risks of climate change and degradation of our natural ecosystems requires coordinated action across sectors. “Mitigating the impact of environmental risks requires immediate but thoughtful action that is at the heart of the Science-Practice-Policy interface. For such action to translate into meaningful impact, a long-term vision that is backed by strong and unwavering commitment is needed. ATREE is grateful for the support provided by WestBridge Capital in building this much needed capacity” said Anita Arjundas, Executive Director of ATREE.

“Moving the needle on policy requires bridging the gap between academics, civil society, and policymakers. ATREE is well positioned to develop such insights from rigorous and long-term research that can support effective decision making and shape public policy discourse”, said  Sandeep Singhal, Managing Partner of WestBridge Capital.

The Centre for Policy Design (CPD) at ATREE focused its initial efforts on socially and ecologically responsible restoration. With the enhanced and long-term commitment received from WestBridge Capital, ATREE plans to expand the Centre’s footprint to broader thematic areas aligned with the research focus areas at ATREE.

“Environment and conservation policies in India should have a strong and robust scientific foundation, and be adaptive and responsive to the needs of a diverse set of stakeholders and circumstances. This is where we will leverage 25 years of ATREE’s pioneering efforts in fostering interdisciplinary science in sustainability practice to meet the most urgent challenges of the ongoing climate and biodiversity crisis.” said Abi T. Vanak, Director – Centre for Policy Design and Senior Fellow at ATREE.

ATREE has been consistently ranked among the top 20 environmental think tanks globally and the top 2 in Asia by the University of Pennsylvania Go To Think Tank Index. Established in 1996, ATREE’s mission is to generate rigorous interdisciplinary knowledge for achieving environmental conservation and sustainable development in a socially just manner, to enable the use of this knowledge by policymakers and society, and to train the next generation of scholars and leaders.

WestBridge Capital is an experienced investment firm focusing primarily on investments in India and has been involved in supporting several philanthropic projects since 2016. It is committed to addressing socio-economic development challenges across India by partnering with organizations that are dedicated to delivering long-term impact and creating sustainable change.

For further queries, reach out to Namratha Murali: namratha.murali@atree.org