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Dr. Bharat Patel

Senior Program Manager, Gujarat, India

Bharat works to mobilize and raise the voices of fishing communities against coastal industrialization, and has fought for their rights in local courts as well as through international advocacy. He has conceptualized and implemented the first direct marketing system for fisherfolk in India (Mundra, Gujarat) and helped create a self sustaining model for information kiosks for fishing communities. Bharat has a PhD, in which he researched the effects of new fishing technologies on fishing communities, and has served as General Secretary for a fishworkers’ rights association.

The Environmental Justice program in India is a joint partnership between Namati and the Centre for Policy Research (CPR).