‘Vanarai’ was formed by Padma Vibhushan Dr. Mohan Dharia in the year 1982. Soon after, in 1986, it was registered under the Charitable Trust Act. Vanarai is a people’s movement, implementing core reforms in afforestation, rural self-reliance, sustainability, community mobilization, rural-urban association, and women’s empowerment. Conservation and development of natural resources through scientific research and sustainable technology, with an emphasis on community participation, is the crux of Vanarai’s work.
During last three decades,Vanarai has reached all parts of Maharashtra and other states too. It is now recognized as one of the leading voluntary organizations both at the state and national levels. Vanarai has been instrumental in changing and reforming government policies for sustainable development through community effort and involvement. VANARAI has so far successfully made several strides at policy and grass root levels.