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  • Focus on desert arid and semi-arid ecosystems of Gujarat, with special emphasis on Kachchh;
  • Develop benchmark database for ecosystems of Kachchh and thereafter undertake continuous monitoring and trend-analysis through specific research activities;
  • Identify problem areas and evolve appropriate solutions and management strategies through basic and applied research;
  • Formulate and implement relevant projects that would provide models for emulation;
  • Disseminate ecological information and communicate action plans to suit local conditions, through extension and other programmes; and
  • Provide consultancy and training to NGO’s, Government officials, corporate sectors and other natural resources managers, in the principles of ecology, integrated management and sustainable development.