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  e-newsletter of the Centre for Environment Education
101 st issue
July 1-31, 2014

Global Citizenship
Wayside signages sharing information on important plant and animal species of Melghat were installed at Semadoh and Kolkaz eco-tourism complexes inside the reserve.

Know thy Nature

Nature Interpretation facilities installed at Melghat Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra

The Melghat Tiger Reserve in Amravati District, Maharashtra, is among the first nine tiger reserves to be notified in the country, under the Project Tiger. A number of interpretive facilities were developed and installed at the reserve in June 2014.

Wayside signages sharing information on important plant and animal species of Melghat were installed at the Semadoh and Kolkaz eco-tourism complexes inside the reserve. Reflective hoardings carrying conservation messages, and advertising various tourist spots, were developed and installed along the state highway which passes through this reserve. Tourism gates were developed at entry points to the different tourism zones inside the reserve, and a small interpretation centre was established at the Shahnoor eco-tourism complex.

The interpretive works were carried out for the Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra and the Melghat Tiger Reserve Management of the Maharashtra Forest Department. This project was carried out by the Protected Area Interpretation and Eco-tourism (PAIE) group, graphic and exhibit studios at CEE Ahmedabad.

Information and Facilitation Centre

Promoting Sustainable Transport Initiatives in Pune

CEE conducts session on BRTS in Pune; clears doubts on lanes, bus operations and Traffic Management System

CEE, in association with the IBI Group, conducted a session on Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) for the members of Samaj Vikash Kendra of Tata Motors and their children on July 20. Samaj Vikash Kendra is the employees’ association of Tata Motors to promote social initiatives among them, while the session was conducted as a part of the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), Pune’s BRTS Promotion and Outreach Program.

Mr. Avinash Madhale, Programme Coordinator, CEE, spoke about the history of BRTS, its global presence, salient features, and its benefits to the commuters and city dwellers. He also spoke about urban transport, its sustainability issues, the need for a paradigm shift in planning from vehicle-oriented transportation system to a people-oriented one, and also the need to promote non-motorized options as that of cycling and pedestrian lanes in the city.

Mr. Madhale further clarified general doubts over the median lane, dedicated lane, pedestrian crossing, bus operations in the corridor and off the corridor, facilities like off-board ticketing, Intelligent Traffic Management System and passenger information system, level boarding, clean and hygienic stops, and convenient buses among others.

The session was held in three batches, wherein, the first two batches with children as participants had storytelling as the communication tool to transact the concepts dealt with, while the third session with older students had a Presentation, followed by a question-answer round.

Project 1600
Students planting saplings as a part of the Plantation drive.

Planting towards preservation

Students participate actively at the Plantation drive organized at a school in Hyderabad

CEE in association with ‘Earthian’ (a Wipro Limited Initiative), which is a national programme to integrate sustainability thinking in education, organized a Plantation Drive on July 26 at Mandal Praja Parishad Upper Primary School at Hyderabad.

Ms. Rini Anweshi, Programme Officer, CEE, talked about the importance of planting trees, the impact human activities leave on the environment, and one’s responsibility towards using resources judiciously. She also urged the students to plant atleast ten trees. Mr. Kotha Ramarao, Local Corporator, Mr. A Ramprasad, Mandal Education Officer and Mr. Chandra Reddy, Principal of the School, were also present during the drive.

Trees sponsored by an IT firm and nearly 50 local saplings that included Aloe vera, Mango, Amla, Curry leaves, Papaya and Tulsi, were planted.

Competitions like drawing, slogan writing and poem writing for students, on the theme ‘Life or any life form that attracts you’, were organized. The entire material including papers, color pencils and gifts, were sponsored by Accenture. Three best entries were selected from each class and were awarded lunch packs, crayons and other freebies.

Paryavaran Mitra Puraska
The Sundarvan-Rotary brochure will put forth details of various educational initiatives.

Collaborating to educate

Sundarvan collaborates with the Rotary Club to disseminate information on various educational programmes

Sundarvan, the Nature Discovery Centre of CEE, has collaborated with the Rotary Club to reach out to a wider audience through the Rotary Network, and to develop ‘State-of-the-art’ interpretation facilities. To initiate this collaboration, Sundarvan and Rotary Club Suryodya, Ahmedabad, have designed and developed a colorful brochure carrying the details of the various educational activities put forth by Sundarvan. Mr. Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director, CEE, released this brochure and the new entry tickets of Sundarvan at a function organized by the Rotary Club on July 26.

Global Citizenship for Sustainability (GCS) Marine Project 1600
Students posed questions on marine biodiversity and recorded their observations.

Marine sustainability in the making

Students interact with the fishing community; explain to them the significance of mangrove protection and waste management through demonstration

As part of the Global Citizenship for Sustainability (GCS) Marine Project 1600, CEE Mentors guided a group of students and teachers from Tapti Valley International School, Surat and Aditya Birla Public School, Bharuch to undertake a field survey to identify sustainability concerns in the fishing villages of Bhadbhut (near Narmada Estuary) in Bharuch and Machhiwad (near Purna Estuary) in Surat respectively. Students interacted keenly with the local fishing community members, posed questions on marine biodiversity, and recorded their observations.

Later, the group reflected on how they felt connected with the sustainability concerns of the village, and similar issues globally. Based on the analysis of the data collected and the field observations, the group decided to take up projects like demonstration of mangrove protection and waste management. To initiate this, a GCS Committee was formed, which had representation from the local community as well.

Students posed questions on marine biodiversity and recorded their observations.

For more information, kindly contact GCS Mentors: Janki or Chintan:;, or Click here.

The Handprint Challenge

The Handprint Challenge

SAYEN, in association with UNertia and supported by UNEP, launches a Sustainability Challenge for Colleges in Asia-Pacific

The South Asia Youth Environment Network (SAYEN), in association with UNertia, has recently launched the Handprint Challenge: a Sustainability Challenge for Colleges in Asia-Pacific, supported by UNEP.  

This Challenge, which aims at promoting sustainability behavior among college students, is divided into two stages. In the preliminary stage, participants are required to form teams with 10 members and fill the application form, wherein they will be asked to identify a sustainability issue on their college campus which they would like to address. They, then, have to submit an action plan for the sustainability project they wish to undertake. Selected applications will be eligible for an initial seed funding of USD 750.

These teams will implement their action plan and the results will be showcased on the contest page and several other platforms. While the reports will be uploaded and updated on the SAYEN website, their individual profiles will be posted on the contest page

Based on these outcomes, the finalists will be judged -- 4 winners, 1 in each sub-region. The winning teams will be awarded with the Handprint flag and an additional USD 500 to continue working on their action projects and ensure a larger Handprint! 

For details on the application process, eligibility criteria and guidelines, click here.

We seek your support in reaching out to as many youth as possible through this campaign and making it a success!


Scaling up the Virtual Resource Centre

The VRC project will be upgraded to a self-sustaining model, thus enabling schools to join the network easily

The Rural Programmes Group of CEE has been implementing the ‘Virtual Resource Centre (VRC) and Training Platform for primary teachers’ project for the rural government primary schools of Valsad District, Gujarat, since 2012. Under this project, which was awarded by the Education Innovation Fund for India (EIFI), a tablet having internet connectivity through mobile SIM card and in-built educational applications has been developed. A tablet, along with a 32” LCD TV for projection, has been provided to 10 government primary schools.

A specific educational networking portal that serves as a centre for virtual online resource has been developed too. Resource materials and innovations in the field of education are being shared periodically with the teachers using the VRC application through this portal. How well teachers receive these educational materials and use it, is also being monitored as part of the programme.

The application provides an opportunity for teachers to share their ideas and concerns at any time and get appropriate responses through the VRC application. Gujarati, the local language, is being used as a medium of instruction.

Based on the success of the field trials, it has been planned to up-scale this project and make it a self-sustaining model. This will enable schools to join the VRC network by paying a small amount. The virtual network has also been well received by the State Education Department.

This year, 33 schools from Chaparda Block of Junagadh district have joined the VRC network with the support of Bhagvatinandji Education Trust (BET), Chaparda, Junagadh. Another 100 schools from Valsad and Bhavnagar districts would soon be a part of this network with the help of the Rural Education And Development (READ) Foundation, Ahmedabad.


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