CARA is the result of a joint venture between the Central Department of Environmental Science (CDES), Tribhuvan University, and Integrated Development Society (IDS) Nepal. It was established after the approval of a Memorandum of Understanding between CDES and IDS on March 2011.
The joint venture is built on the basis that Nepal lacks qualitative applied research, which causes associated development activities to be without proper research, thereby making them incomplete and inefficient. The venture’s purpose is, therefore, to promote Applied Research and Development on issues related to environmental threats through the integration of scientific and indigenous knowledge of the communities.
The motto of this joint venture is bridging the gap between knowing and doing. Knowing is a product of research, and doing occurs through the implementation of such research outputs in communities.