Kanchi Kohli researches and works on environment governance and biodiversity conservation related issues. After graduating in social work, she began her work in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, working with local groups for two years to understand the use of environment and forest related legislations and has also researched extensively of issues of regulatory design.
Kanchi began her journey in Kalpavriksh working as a Member, Technical and Policy Core Group of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan Project (NBSAP), India. She is one of the coordinators of the Campaign for Conservation and Community Control over Biodiversity along with Shalini Bhutani and independent legal researcher. Presently, the focus of her work is related to campaigns and advocacy on various environment and biodiversity issues, with a critical component of support to grassroots groups. Details of the campaigns, research and writings related to the teams she works with are available in relevant sections of the Kalpavriksh website. Kanchi is independently coordinates www.forestcaseindia.org with Ritwick Dutta. Writing and information dissemination are key components of Kanchi's work.
She writes regularly in several newspapers and magazines as well as websites and also works with several local, national and international organisation also in her independent capacity.