Balachandra Hegde Sayimane ( President and Co-Founder )
He is Landscape Ecologist and practising farmer, living in a remote village near Sirsi, Uttara Kannada district. He did his International Masters (M.Sc.) in Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation from University of Greifswald, Germany. He also completed short training courses related to ‘Sustainable Forest Management, Biodiversity Conservation and Monitoring, Restoration Ecology, MSP in Process in Natural Resources Management, and NTFP; from Wageningen University, The Netherlands, Los Banos University of Philippines, University of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy, NAAN-WAU, Nepal and MOST-INBAR, China. He was awarded several fellowships and awards including, Nuffic (The Netherlands), ITTO (Japan), GETIDOS-Getting Things Done Sustainably (Germany), and Kinship fellowship, USA.
He regularly writes about ecology and sustainable agriculture in local language. He has been awarded CAM agricultural media award for best agriculture feature during 2007.
Besides farming he is also actively involved in wildlife and nature conservation in Western Ghats since last fifteen years. He played a key role in declaring four conservation reserves in Uttara Kannada district. (Dandeli-Anshi Tiger reserve, Hornbill conservation reserve, Bedthi-Aghanashini conservation reserve and Kathalekaan-LTM conservation reserve). He has been nominated as Honorary Wildlife Warden for Uttara Kannada district. Presently studying land use change, ecosystem services and conservation prospects in Western Ghat region.