For Biodiversity and Sustainability



Established in 22nd July 1985                   Registration No.: 544

About Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands comprises of 572 Islands, Islets and rocks situated in the east of Bay of Bengal, oriented in the north south direction like an arc. Most of the Islands have originated due to volcanic eruption in the sea and few of them originated by coral reef formation. Forests cover about 87% of the islands’ geographical area. Situated between two major biodiversity hot spots viz., the Indian sub-continent and the Malaysia- Indonesia region, it is hardly surprising that the islands manifest biodiversity of extraordinary range with a limited geographical area. Their uniqueness lies in high degree of endemism, particularly, in avifauna.  The coastline of the islands are bordered with luxuriant mangroves and fringing coral reefs.  A clean and pollution-free environment and lush green forests of the islands surrounded by blue sea water make Andaman & Nicobar Islands one of the most favoured destinations for eco-tourism.  The presence of over 2500 indigenous and 500 non-indigenous angiospermic species within an area of 8300 is a significant feature of A & N Island making them a cynosure for research and conservation.

All the islands together are biological and geological paradise, which are having indigenous biota and geological wonders. To do research in small and fragile area like this we have a number of scientific organization like Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Botanical Survey of India (BSI), Anthropological Survey of India (ASI), National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Regional Medical Research Centre  of ICMR, Fishery Survey of India (FSI), Department of Ocean Studies and Marine Biology, Department of Disaster Management, Department of Science and Technology, Indian Institute of geomagnetism and Geological Survey of India along with this JNRM (Jawaharlal Nehru Rajkeeya Mahavidyalaya) Department of Environment and Forests, Department of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Department of Fisheries also conducts research in different fields, however, there is no platform for them to present their research work.      

About Andaman Science Association (ASA)

Andaman Science Association (ASA)  is a  scientific community working in this island with the main objective to promote research and development without affecting this unique Island ecosystem.  It also acts as a common platform for researchers and other stakeholder working in these islands but representing different scientific organisations.  ASA is a unique body that provides platforms for those associated with the management of ASA periodically organizes National and International seminars, conferences, knowledge sharing meets to promote scientific research and development apart from publishing a peer reviewed research journal.