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Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization (HESCO)

HESCO in its essence is truly rural as it derives inspiration from the villages and devises solutions for their problems. It helps them to focus on their economic and development needs and encourages them to tap local resources that open up new avenues to self- reliance.

For the last 28 years, Dr. Anil Joshi and his team members of HESCO have been applying knowledge of the environmental sciences and simple technologies to bring consistent development to the rural villages of the Himalayas. Their innovative and ecologically-sound solutions so far, have yielded outstanding results in their target regions, and have brought them national recognition, and recently international attention for their contributions to rural mountain development considering the pioneering work and philosophy of Dr. Anil P. Joshi and his HESCO team, armed with advanced knowledge of the environmental sciences and low-cost technologies.

They live and do field research in the rural villages of the Himalayas. They live the spartan lives of the villagers they serve, and tap the human resources of these same villagers to determine the real practical interventions necessary for their economic development.To grasp the aim and impact of HESCO's work, one must understand the pervasive poverty that exists in the day-to-day life of the people in India's rural mountain villages and border areas.