When most people think of Goa, they think of beaches, parties, cheap alcohol and casinos. However, none of these are a true reflection of this extraordinary state.
With a vision to mainstream responsible tourism in Goa, Terra Conscious is an effort by Puja Mitra and Roshan Gonsalves to change the way travellers engage with this little gem.
Founded in February 2017, we are a marine conservation based social enterprise, based out of North Goa. Driven by a team of passionate conservationists, we are working towards empowering the local community through our responsible marine, education oriented and coastal experiences, conducted through community partnerships.
As a social enterprise, our mission is to maximize environmental and social impact. Through our travel experiences, we support our social impact work that focuses on creating awareness, building capacity of various stakeholders and enabling them to address the numerous conservation challenges at hand.
WHO WE ARE
PUJA MITRA, CO - FOUNDER
Puja Mitra is a professional conservation practitioner with an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation & Management from the University of Oxford and is a Commonwealth Scholar (2008-09). With impressive prior experiences as Senior Programme Coordinator for the World Wide Fund for Nature, Campaign Manager with India’s apex national animal protection agency, the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) and Trust Coordinator with The Kishkinda Trust, Puja’s work as a conservationist, communicator and Founder of Terra Conscious, combines an animal-lover's devotion to protecting species, a story-tellers fixation with inspiring action and an environmentalist's angst about the state of the planet.
ROSHAN GONSALVES, CO-FOUNDER
An experienced Scuba diving professional and Marine Ecology specialist licensed by Scuba Schools International (SSI) dive association, Roshan is also a passionate cyclist, and has spent many years exploring the coastal forests and trails between Goa and Karwar, which is his home base. His enthusiasm for nature, conservation and responsible diving makes every activity he leads an engaging and an enjoyable learning experience.When not out doing adventurous things, you will find him pottering around the garden, or chilling with his three beautiful doggos while trying to learn the ukulele or cooking up some great Thai food!
MADHURIMA PRASAD, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER
With a background in Psychology and Human Rights and an interest in social enterprise development, strategy and enabling collaborating platforms, Madhurima joined Terra Conscious a year ago to discover where she could be most effective in the field of environmental conservation to now becoming an integral part of our team and driving the organisation towards achieving it's long term goals. Her passion for the environment and animals, is evident in her courage to say no to an urban corporate life, and choosing a path less taken to develop herself as a conservationist. When not being a work rockstar, you may find her cooking some amazing pasta, dancing, strumming on her guitar or trying something new and adventurous.
MARISHIA RODRIGUES, RESEARCH & OUTREACH
Currently completing her Masters in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Marishia has been part of Terra since year one. Bright and bubbly with a passion for wildlife conservation, she is an integral part in handling our Impact programmes and Outreach activities, making her a universal favourite with all our audiences, especially children!
SOCIAL IMPACT ADVISOR
With a passion for wetland conservation, Nisha worked with IUCN (the International Union for Conservation of Nature) for nearly seven years, administering the MFF (Mangroves for the Future) Small Grants initiative, in India. She has an MPhil. in Conservation Leadership (University of Cambridge) and is the Founder of EcoNiche, a collaborative platform for sustainable conservation solutions, She also serves as an Advisor to Terra Conscious, helping us chart our way in the unknown waters of building a conservation - social impact enterprise.
SOCIAL IMPACT ADVISOR
A Master of Arts in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences,Tania is an activist and campaigner with a passion for working on issues that arise in the intersection of human rights, the environment, resource use, gender and conservation. She is passionate about creating alternatives for a sustainable future for the environment and for communities on the frontline of conservation in India, be it by enabling options for sustainable livelihoods in the eco tourism sector or by engaging in community initiatives focused on participatory conservation and species protection. She is also currently experimenting with writing for social change.