AERF has produced both popularistic and scientific literature on environment and conservation for a wide range of readers. It has published books, monographs, brochures and pamphlets to share information and concerns with the readers and update them about new initiatives taken by the organization in the field of conservation.

Sakav magazine

Sakav 2004 has been the first issue and our effort to discuss the issues of environment & development in the region of Konkan. Through its articles and scholarly discussions brought forth, the need of resource development to the notice of policy makers and planners. In this issue an overall understanding about the linkage of environment & development has been discussed particularly for the coastal region. Many eminent people have contributed to the issue. Mr. Kumar Ketkar Editor in chief of Loksatta discussed the concept of development in Konkan with reference to Mumbai and tried to link the global environmental issues with the local environemental issues. Dr. Raja Dandekar has been working with a voluntary organization in Konkan for educational and village development for last twenty five years and has shared his on the ground experiences and discussed various experiments. The first edition of SAKAV was released in 2004 and AERF has released four editions of SAKAV since then. The first issue discussed the environment and development of the Konkan region. In 2005, topics covered issues and opportunities for agriculture in Konkan; impact of industrialization in this ecologically sensitive region was the central theme. The latest issue of SAKAV 2007 deals exclusively with water management issues in the Konkan region.

English Edition of Sakav

Sakav 2007 is available in English as well. To avail copies please contact AERF Office at the below mentioned Address.

Monographs and Booklets

Integrating Cultural & Biological Diversity into the Conservation of Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve

Dr. Archana Godbole, V. Anitha & U.M. Chandrashekhara

This is a published report of the collaborative work between AERF and the Kerala Forest Research Institute. The UNESCO funded study focused on biological and cultural diversity of the recently designated Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve and provided development and policy recommendations.

Tradition of sacred groves and communities contribution in their conservation

Dr. Archana Godbole & Jayant Sarnaik

This monograph is the result of the authors’ 10 year long association with sacred groves of the north Western Ghats. The publication documents the results of a long-term study of the social and biological aspects of the traditional ‘sacred groves’ system of conservation.

Kokantil Devraya

Dr. Archana Godbole

Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF) is working on Scared Groves (community conserve area) conservation in Kokan for last 14 years. As a part of it Dr. Archana Godbole received the prestigious “Whitely Associate Award”. To provide the information to stakeholders about the indigenous knowledge pool on Sacred Groves, AERF has published the Marathi booklet “Kokanatil Devrai” in 2008.

Dissemination materials for Himalayan Medicinal Plants

Himalayan medicinal plants and its conservation

This booklet illustrates the problems related to Medicinal plants over exploitation in Garhwal Himalayas. This booklet was prepared with the help of Plant life International. The booklet provides well laid out illustrations of the important plant parts and speaks impressively at length about the ecological and ethno botanical uses and importance of the Himalayan medicinal plants.

Himalayan medicinal plants and its conservation

This booklet focuses on anthropogenic pressures over the rare medicinal plants. It provides crisp information about various rules and regulations regarding the collection of medicinal plants in India. It clearly illustrates the names of plants that are banned for collection and those that are not

Brochure regarding Community Resource Centers for medicinal plants

This brochure provides information on the newly inaugurated Medicinal Plants Resource Centre in Garhwal Himalayas.

Dissemination materials for Energy and Biodiversity

Brochure on Moha tree and its use in biodiesel

This brochure explains the importance and process of producing Biodiesel from dried Mahua fruits

Brochure on Pongamia tree and its use in biodiesel

The brochure explains the use of Pongamia seeds in producing Biodiesel

Brochure on Pongamia Oil extraction unit

The brochure was designed with the aim of spreading awareness about the opening up of the seed collection and oil expeller centre in Western Maharashtra

Dissemination materials for Species conservation works

Brochure on Hornbill conservation

This brochure explains the importance of Hornbills as flag ship species that can help protect the sacred groves in Konkan. It gives a call to all those who have located hornbill nests in the region, to contact AERF field office.

Brochure on Rare and endangered species in Konkan

This brochure explains about the importance of protecting and conserving the medicinal trees in Konkan.

Projects Poster

Project Brouchers

To avail copies please contact AERF Office at the below mentioned


C 36, Krishnarjun, Madhavbaug Co-op Hsg Society,
Shivatirthanagar, Paud Road, Kothrud,
Pune - 411038,