Photo by: Manish Chandi 1991 - Under WWF-India’s Community Biodiversity Programme, and with additional support from the Indo-German Social Service Society, a small nursery of forest tree species was initiated at ANET, which included distribution of seedlings to the local people and planting fallow land in the Wandoor area. Researcher Aparna Singh conducted the first of a series of environmental education programs in schools in South Andaman, sponsored by the Department of Environment, New Delhi.
1992 - Researcher Nina Sengupta of Development Alternatives, New Delhi, conducted a study on the utilization patterns of forest produce by settlers in Wandoor Village, sponsored by ANET.
1995–Following up from Nina’s project, Manish Chandi, sponsored by WWF-India and ANET, initiated a two year project on the introduction of suitable strategies for the conservation and protection of rainforests through community action in Wandoor Village, South Andaman. This led to the regeneration of native forest within the ANET property and along the fringes of north Wandoor, as well as promoting local technology by constructing ANET’s rainwater harvesting pond based on a simple modification of local 'diggis' or earthen ponds.
2014-ongoing: The Andaman Karen Crafts society was set up by ANET with support from Seacology. The project is facilitated by ANET and being implemented by members of the society from within the Karen community. The project aims to revive traditional handicrafts, food as a source of income for the unemployed but skilled members of the community by tapping into the growing market place in the Andaman Islands. A community crafts centre is under construction to be used for the project; this will be used for environmental education and conservation outreach. The project hopes to build on simple processes for cultural continuity and conservation of resources once exploited. A large mangrove region protected by the community adjacent to Webi and Deopur villages will be used as a conservation resource to educate local children of the community.
2015-ongoing: Funded by the Department of Science and Technology's 'SEED' program, Government of India, Manish Chandi leads a project on restoration and technological intervention in the southern Nicobar Islands. Facilitated by WWF India’s Sustainable Livelihoods Program, the project seeks to restore two species of native flora, Nypafruiticans and Pandanus leram that were devastated during the tsunami of 2004; the indigenous Nicobarese of the region depended on these two natural resources for customary roofing of traditional houses (Nypa) and as a traditional source of nutrition and food (Pandanus). The islandersin coordination with the Tribal Council of Great and Little Nicobar Islands are restoring by regeneration, these two species in their villages. Simple household technologies to diversify utility and add economic value to coconut toddy, a local product, by processing it into organic coconut vinegar and coconut syrup are to be introduced. A simple hydraulic press to extract virgin coconut oil designed by the late Dr. Rauf Ali for the Nicobar Islanders is also being introduced to the islander community of the region.