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About the Organization

Green Works Trust (GWT) is a nature conservation NGO established on Earth Day in the year 2016.

GWT is a young, growing organisation committed to work towards nature conservation. The organisation believes in a holistic approach towards conservation and hence the conservation projects are multi-faceted and have multi-fold benefits; be it health and hygiene; or education; or livelihoods; or woman empowerment.

Established on Earth Day

22 April 2016

Registered on

26 December 2016

Meet The Team

The Frontline

Sagar Satpute

Head- Projects

He holds a Master degree in Botany and has presented several papers at National and International Conferences. He has extensive knowledge in urban flora, birds and butterflies. He comes with an extensive experience from BNHS where he used to head the ENVIS department. Currently at GWT, he heads all project teams. He conceptualises and develops projects and also heads the operations of projects. He is the friend-philosopher-guide to the GWT team.

Dipali Bhopale

Awareness Officer

She holds a Master degree in Zoology and specialises in Cell Biology. She has presented papers in 5 National Conferences and her paper has been published in international interdisciplinary Research Journal. She has had teaching experience in a college, as well as, in tribal areas of Maharashtra. Currently at GWT, she is conducting an online waste management course for school children called ‘The Game of Trash’. She has an interest in herping, birding and trekking. She holds an honorary position of a ‘Microbiologist’ on the Biodiversity Management Committee of Panvel Municipal Corporation.

Gargi Geedh

Awareness Officer

She holds a Master degree in Marathi literature and is a fine writer, translator and a Marathi tutor. She has keen interest in wildlife and does writing on environmental topics. Currently at GWT, she is conducting an online waste management course for school children called ‘The Game of Trash’. She also holds discussion sessions every Wednesday called ‘The Trash Talk’. She has an interest in nature photography.

Kishor Shirkande

Awareness Officer

He holds a Master degree in Zoology and has a keen interest in snakes, butterflies and spiders. His articles about reptiles have been published in national and international journals. He is a snake rescuer, too. Currently at GWT, he is conducting an online course for children called ‘Ecozens’ or ‘Sauvardhanache Baal-yoddhe’. He is also the Project Lead for Karnala Bird Count and Phansad Bird Count.

Pranav Bagwe

Research Associate

He is a Commerce graduate from Supegaon which, is a small village on the periphery of Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary in Raigad district. Staying close to the forest, he has developed keen interest and knowledge in wildlife and is committed to environment conservation. He is the recipient of the ‘Young Naturalist Award 2019’ given by the Hope Foundation at the 33rd Maharahstra PakshiMitra Sammelan at Revdanda. Currently at GWT, he is working on ‘Project Jataayu’ which aims at reviving and sustaining population of vultures in the Raigad district. He is also an active member in the organising of Karnala Bird Count and Phansad Bird Count.

The Champions

Nishikant Tambe

Popularly known as Nandu Tambe, he hails from a village called Shiravali, near Chiplun. Being an animal rescuer, nature guide, trekking, photographer… he is a complete package. He is a one man army for the conservation of forests. His passion for conservation has led to restoration of a forest on his 32-acre land which we call Nandu’s Sanctuary. Though started as Nandu’s initiative, the restoration of this forest is now GWT’s project led by Nandu, himself.

Rupali Naik

An Arts graduate, a mother-of-two, a mentor-of-many is an effective educator and a strong conservationist. She has been associated with GWT since the very beginning and she has been highly instrumental in initiating and anchoring awareness activities in her hometowns — Dhule and Pune. She started the first ‘Green Kids Club’ in Dhule and led several activities for children like awareness cycle rally, nature treks, lectures and workshops. Her connect with children and efforts towards conservation awareness is commendable. Her fan-following of teens says it all.

Sarvesh Abhyankar

A fine naturalist by profession, he has keen interest in birding, butterflying and herping. He has been associated with GWT since its inception and has participated in all the initiatives of the Trust. He has led nature trails and camps, has conducted workshops, conducted surveys and many activities in urban and rural landscape.

The Advisors

Nayana Shanbhag

A pathologist by profession and a philanthropist by nature, she has been instrumental in the establishment of this organization. Be it providing seed funding, providing management advice or facilitating fund raising, she has been an important pillar of this organization.

Vaibhav Patwardhan

He is a practicing Wellness Mentor, Dietitian and Nutritionist. He is knowledgeable about reptiles and amphibians, and has been working as a snake rescuer for the past 2 decades. He is actively involved in the various activities and initiatives of the Trust. He is highly dependable and is always just-a-call-away for any help and guidance that is required from time-to-time.

Mandar Natu

He comes from a sound corporate background and brings along a vast experience and expertise in management. He provides advice on administration, accounts and marketing of the Trust. He likes trekking and the outdoors and thus, he participates in the various activities of the Trust.

The Trustees

Nikhil Bhopale

Founder and Managing Trustee

He is a biodiversity expert and a committed conservationist. He has worked as an ornithologist and herpetologist on several research projects. His scientific papers have been published in internationally renowned journals. He has authored a field guide on birds published by Oxford University Press and BNHS. He is also a record-setter trekker and a fine wildlife photographer. He is the thinking ‘brain’ behind GWT.

Milind Pandit

Co-founder and Trustee

He has nearly 3 decades of experience in the corporate sector. He is a butterfly enthusiast and an avid Fine Art photographer. He is instrumental in providing inputs for strategic decisions of the Trust. He is the acting ‘spine’ of GWT.

Krupa Thakur-Patil

Co-founder and Trustee

She is a commercial artist by profession and an avid wildlife lover at heart. She has more than 2 decades of experience in the Publishing industry. She specialises in children’s publishing design and has a special interest in creating designs about wildlife and environment, which aid in spreading nature awareness. She is also associated with Maharashtra Forest Department’s ‘Mumbaikars for Sanjay Gandhi National Park’ for creating awareness to mitigate human-leopard conflict in leopard-dominated landscapes. At GWT, she is instrumental in project planning, team-building and fund-raising. She is the throbbing ‘heart’ behind GWT.

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