About Us

IORA Ecological Solutions Pvt. Ltd. is an environmental advisory group with expertise in natural resource conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation. Founded in 2009, IORA’s multi-disciplinary expertise in finance, policy advisory and scientific research alongside the firm’s experience and proven ability to design and implement projects across the globe, enables us to offer an integrated and effective platform for large scale ecosystem conservation projects leading to our emergence as a domain leader in India.

Our team of over 75 members is headquartered in Delhi with regional offices in Mumbai, Karnataka, Assam and Madhya Pradesh.

Impact

IORA’s actions for a greener future is spread across the length and breadth of India. Our solutions on climate change, energy and healthy forests are being implemented in 10 million hectares in 19 states of India. We have trained forest personnel on scientific methods of managing natural resources. We have been successful in converging private and public resources in these impactful and result oriented engagements.

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9.63 MILLION HECTARES COVERED

in IORA's forest management and conservation projects

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$ 1.5 MILLION LEVERAGED

from public and private sources towards climate change mitigation and adaptation actions

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PART OF FORMULATION OF 5 NATIONAL POLICIES

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1746 FOREST PERSONNEL TRAINED

on forest MRV, RS and GIS analysis and forest carbon estimation

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$ 3.8 MILLION CARBON FINANCE GENERATED

leading the Indian market in commercialization of carbon offsets

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INVOLVED in 19 STATES

of India on innovative solutions in Forestry, Natural Resource Management and Energy projects

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PIONEER IN JURISDICTIONAL REDD+ IN INDIA

in Sikkim, Madhya Pradesh and Assam.

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Initiatives

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India Forest Portal

India Forest Portal (IFP) is the first platform in India dedicated exclusively to providing a public repository of information on India’s forests and developing a community of individuals and organization who are committed to enhancing the health of India’s forests. Co-developed by IORA Ecological Solutions and Vertiver, IFP has been created with the objective of consolidating disparate information on India’s forests into a singular platform and making it compelling for lay audiences who seek to know more about India’s forests and biodiversity and contribute to their conservation.

IFP was launched on the UN International Day of Forest, March 21st, 2015. Over the course of the year, the IFP team has developed a mobile app called iforest which will provide real time access to information that lets users know more about the forests in their vicinity.

Presently, most current knowledge about forests in India is contained in technical journals and publications by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Forest Research Institute (FRI), etc. IFP is being built to act as a single reference point that guides anybody interested in knowing about forests, one of the largest natural assets of the country. In order for India to achieve its forestry targets mentioned in the INDC, an active and engaged citizenry will have to be encouraged to participate in forest conservation initiatives by empowering them with the right information and knowledge.

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Corporate Forest Responsibility

Corporate Forest Responsibility (CFR), introduced by IORA Ecological Solutions and Forest PLUS was launched on August 28th, 2014 in Mumbai in the first private sector focused national level consultation conducted by the USAID/Forest-PLUS team in India.

CFR serves as the nexus between public and private enterprises for promoting sustainable business practices, conserving Forests and Biodiversity and empowerment of forest dependent communities in India. It facilitates private investment in the conservation and enhancement of forests by developing forestry based adaptation and mitigation measures. CFR is designed to be easily incorporated within the new Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014 and business operations of corporations in India.

CFR yields an opportunity for companies to focus their conservation efforts towards an integrated ecosystem intervention approach. CFR addresses the entire value chain which includes

  • Generating livelihood for forest dependent community,
  • Protecting biodiversity,
  • Contributing to afforestation programs and
  • Investing in a rigorous community and government led monitoring and reporting regime.

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Clients

News

Sonowal launches major initiatives for Majuli


River island to be biodiversity heritage site and country’s first carbon neutral district GUWAHATI, March 21: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday launched initiatives to develop Majuli as India’s first carbon neutral district and as a biodiversity heritage site, coinciding with the celebration of International Day of Forest at Brahmaputra State Guest House in the city. […]

Sonowal launches major initiatives for Majuli

Majuli aims to be India’s first carbon-neutral district


It’s the world’s biggest river island and the first such in India to be declared a district. Now plans are afoot to declare it the country’s first carbon-neutral district by 2020 It’s the world’s biggest river island and the first such in India to be declared a district. Now plans are afoot to declare it […]

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From 30th October 2017 to 16th Nov 2017
ONGC, as a part of their CSR responsibility, in support with Bamboo Board and Uttarakahand Forest Department has taken initiative to raise Ringal plantations in upper Himalayas. The main motto was to promote local species and help communities in livelihood generation. Since 2007, ONGC has released funds in phases to bamboo board and in turn, bamboo board has released it to forest department.
IORA was commissioned to assess the impacts of this Ringal plantation on livelihood generation, climate, biodiversity and implicit community benefits reaped under this program. IORA team has conducted a detailed socio economic survey in the region and has laid plots to assess the flora and faunal enhancement if any due to the plantations and has assessed the impact of the plantation on averting erosion. A team of 5 comprising of socioeconomic survey specialists, economists, natural resource management specialists and Forestry experts from within the IORA’s staff visited the sites to undertake the comprehensive survey.
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From 2nd to 10th November our team met with key stakeholders as part of our Sustainable Fuelwood Management NAMA project in Assam led by GIZ. The meetings revolved around pilot implementation of interventions designed to decrease fuelwood consumption. Stakeholders include the Forest Department, Tea Estates and Assam Energy Development Agency (AEDA). Deployment of fuelwood saving techniques will be done after taking cognizance of the cooking styles, current fuelwood consumption pattern, demand, co-benefits such as health and decrease in drudgery and sustainability. ... See MoreSee Less

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As part of the NTFP organic certification carried out under our flagship program IEMaC, the certification agency IMO, began their field validation in the Sirsi, Karnataka. The initial two day validation exercise that concluded over the past weekend was very successful. The auditors held meetings with the NTFP collectors, VFCs, IEMaC team and the Forest Department to evaluate set processes and protocols. ... See MoreSee Less

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Final presentation of our Sikkim State Level Jurisdictional REDD+ Project jointly with Government of Sikkim officials from 10 State Departments. This project is developed as part of the USAID - US Agency for International Development Forest Plus Project. The project is a first of its kind initiative at a state level and features information tools and and intervention designs seeking to build on cross sectoral convergence, community action and leverage international climate finance for the state of Sikkim. ... See MoreSee Less

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The final presentation of the MP District level Jurisdictional REDD+ Projects, comprehensive multi-sector conservation frameworks for the districts of Hoshangabad and Harda, developed as part of the USAID - US Agency for International Development Forest Plus project. ... See MoreSee Less

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