ATREE is a global non-profit research organization focusing on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Ranked among the top 20 environmental think-tanks internationally, the institution incorporates within it multiple specialized Centers, diversely skilled individuals and also an Academy for training scholars. A creative interdisciplinary approach is the corner-stone of the policy and action oriented work undertaken here. Recently awarded the UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Conservation (2019), ATREE has been recognized for working together with local stakeholders to provide an integrated approach to rigorous knowledge generation. Its field stations are spread across India – ranging from the Western Ghats to the Himalayas. ATREE is also recognized as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) by the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.
The SHEFS work at ATREE comprises of seven sub-projects that aim to assess the links between environment and nutrition and health across themes as diverse as sources of anti-microbial resistance, the water-energy-food nexus, invasive plant species, changing livelihoods, urbanization, gender as a factor in nutrition outcomes, cash and food crop systems, and, pollinator dependence and decline. The seven sub-projects are located in seven unique landscapes with a common feature – they are all witnessing agricultural, industrial and/or ecological transition. With the objective of mapping the impacts of these changes, project-investigators gather localized data in a ground-up approach at generating evidence. This evidence in turn will feed into the policy outcomes and capacity-building aims of the SHEFS program.