The Asia’s Linear Infrastructure safeGuarding Nature (ALIGN) project is being implemented by WWF in partnership with the Centre for Large Landscape Conservation (CLLC), and supported by USAID. 

The project management is based out of the WWF-Nepal office with three focal country programs led by WWF-India, WWF-Mongolia, and WWF-Nepal. The project includes consultations with planning institutes, financial institutes, government agencies, and experts from scientific communities to identify areas of strengthening the implementation of safeguards and building the capacity of stakeholders.  

In India, the project aims at working with the Government of India and state governments in the Terai and Assam to strengthen the in-country ability to implement wildlife-friendly, ecologically sensitive, climate-resilient, and, overall, environmentally sustainable infrastructure projects through capacity building, and government policy support. Central pillars on which ALIGN India is focused are engagement with the Government of India (Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ministry of Railways) and Non-government organizations working on linear infrastructure, engagement with Planners and engineers including curriculum development oriented to green infrastructure and engagement with financial institutes. The overarching aim is to build the capacity of institutions in these three aspects and bring cross-sectoral engagement via ALIGN.

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