Dahanu Taluka lies 125 km north of Mumbai and was one of the first three sites in India to be declared as being ecologically-fragile in 1991. Forests constitute 45% of the total geographical area of the Taluka, and contain a rich diversity of plants and wild animals. The Taluka is also home to the famous Warli tribe of Thane District. Dahanu is considered the fruit and flower basket of Maharashtra with a rich variety of tropical crops, such as chickoo, mango, coconuts, guava and papaya. In addition to fruits, the area produces also flowers and vegetables. Dahanu has a 35 km coastal belt, which is rich in natural resources, including mangroves, and different kinds of fish making it an important centre of fish production. The wide inter-tidal zone provides a rich feeding ground for shore birds, and is a popular site for migratory birds.
CERE has conducted a range of scientific studies of Dahanu Taluka in order to help the Supreme Court appointed Dahanu Taluka Environment Protection Authority (DTEPA) to ensure environmental conservation, social equity and green development in the Taluka.