Nirmal Kulkarni is an affable eco-warrior, a passionate herpetologist with an unquantifiable eagerness to push boundaries in his line of calling. He began as a snake handler and nature photographer and has since matured into a herpetologist with unrivalled knowledge and accolades of the past 16 years of ground work. Nirmal has researched, mapped and recorded the secrets of the Mahdei Bio Region. By establishing the Mahdei Research Centre, Goa’s first independent field research station, he has established a single platform that trains young naturalists, brings communities and wildlife enthusiasts together and documents the biodiversity of the region. In addition, he has worked as a Volunteer with the Wildlife enthusiasts together and documents the biodiversity of the region.
Nirmal Vishwa has been the oldest of the Goa based environmental organisations. With varied activities; awareness programs, tree plantations, activism for protection of environment, publications, working with other foundations, participation with corporate and the Government and undertaking Government programs participating in activities at all Goa level. The concept proposes a multi-pronged program to take care of many of the environmental problems of urban areas and gives positive contribution to urban sustainability.
Though he had done his masters in History and Sociology, he is committed to the environmental conservation of Goa state right from beginning. He was on different committees and organizations working for environmental and natural conservation. He has delivered more than 4000 lectures and presented slideshows in different parts of Goa and border areas of Karnataka and Maharashtra to create awareness among the various rural as well as urban communities on the environmental issues. From 1998, he initiated movement with the help of Bombay Natural History Society to get new areas to be declared as Mhadei and Netravali Wildlife Sanctuaries. Through the community participation and educating them he encouraged their morale to conserve and protect the scared groves of Goa.