Alaknanda Ghaati Shilpi Federation ( Aagaas Federation ) – Aagaas, is a community based voluntary non-profit making organization formed in 2002 to work towards the socio-economic development of rural mountain communities in Uttarakhand and registered in 2004 under the Societies Registration Act, XXI, 1860.
The organization is affiliated to Earth Charter International, Earth Charter Youth Group and SAYEN Asia. It was honored with a Recognition Award by World Bank in Washington D.C. in 2005.
To be a leading NGO, spearheading activities for the holistic and sustainable development of the rural communities of Uttarakhand, by promoting the rich heritage of the Himalayas, while at the same time protecting her fragile ecosystem.
To contribute to the economic development of the people of Uttarakhand, through various employment generation initiatives which optimize the available natural resources and skills, keeping in mind the environment sustainability of the Central Himalayan region.
The organization is committed to:
Employment generation for the rural youth in the mountain areas through various new initiatives..
Support craft persons practicing different kinds of natural resource-based crafts such as hill bamboo ( Ringaal) basketry, natural fiber based eco textiles etc. ( Himalayan Nettle and industrial Hemp)
Provide technical and marketing support to rural initiatives
Work with individuals and Self Help Groups for the promotion of organic farming, fruit processing, cultivation of medicinal plants, promotion of Ecotourism, Renewable energy and value added herbs.
J.P.Maithani - 9456591271
Ashish Sati - 9412973399
Anuj Namboodri - 8979080927
Dr. B.P Maithani ( Former Director NIRD Hyderabad, Member Convenor CAPART)
Administration, RTI and Planning of Rural Development.
Mr. L.V. Keshav ( Former vice president- Ion exchange India)
Watershed, water conservation, and rural development projects
Mr. Yogendra Kainthola- Former Roteract Representative for Asia,
Director Sun terrain Eco power Pvt. Ltd. and themes tour India
Ecotourism, Low-Cost housing, and Marketing of Organic products.
Mr. Aswin Dinakar, Education- IIT- Chennai
Environment engineer and currently focused on running high-resolution WRF simulations for studying cloudbursts in high altitude Himalayan areas.
Dr. Mukta Dangwal ( Faculty Economics)
Economist and Planner of the Microenterprise projects
Dr. Sudha Sharma ( Ph.D. Anthropology)
Action research related to Children and Rural development in reference to Himalaya.
Hari Krishna D V (M. Sc. Disaster Management )
Dr. Madhu Mishra ( M.A. Economics)
Rural Micro planning
Ms. Richa Nigam
Script writing and Cinematographer