Charu has extensive expertise in domain of conservation of environment resources and livelihood enhancement. Strengthening community participation, project monitoring and evaluation, skill development, climate sensitive planning and climate change adaptation are key areas of specialization.
Charu has a Masters in Environment Botany from Hamdard University, New Delhi and a Bachelor's degree in Botany Hons from Delhi University. She has attended a programme on Environmental Journalism at UCLA, Los Angeles, U.S.A. and an advanced degree course on Environment Reporting with UNEP, Bangkok.
She received the Women's International Award at IIC, New Delhi in 2013.