Affiliations & Roles
Program Manager, Alaap People's Foundation
Aadya Singh works as program manager for Alaap People's Foundation supporting Eco-leadership work with a mission of bringing back native forests in the Himalayas. The region of Kumaun in Uttarakhand has a rich history of environmental activism as the communities here are deeply dependent on forests and natural resources, however, over time, native species have been overtaken by monoculture plantations, resulting in forest fires and land degradation. Aadya has been working to increase awareness and engagement of local communities and governments in forest creation using native species, to help improve biodiversity and reconnect with nature. Recently, she began working in a remote and underserved area of Uttarakhand - the district of Champawat, where few NGOs and social enterprises work. Here, she has met with women and community leaders to understand their changing relationship with forests and design suitable interventions based on Champawat's unique context. In addition to Aadya’s Eco-leadership programs, she is a freelance writer and has worked with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (CHIRAG) and the Wildlife Institute of India. Currently, Aadya is a member of the International Biogeography Society and University Women's Association.