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  e-newsletter of the Centre for Environment Education
92 nd issue
Interacting and strategizing with FEE member countries to develop a strategy for India.

Eco Schools Programme
National Operators Meeting

CEE and Foundation for Environment Education (FEE), Denmark  have signed an agreement to collaborate towards strengthening the educational framework on the UN Decade on Biodiversity; popularise Handprint Actions for Biodiversity Conservation and engage partners, networks, members for wider sharing of information, learning, implementation and scaling up.

As part of the agreement, CEE will be implementing some of the FEE programmes in India. Eco Schools programme, a FEE programme would be soon launched in India.

Mr. Pramod Kumar Sharma, Programme Coordinator, Paryavaran Mitra, CEE participated in the Eco Schools Programme-National Operators Meeting held between October 17-20 at Ohrid, Macedonia. He shared CEE’s work with a focus on Handprint Actions, and also interacted with other countries who have been implementing the Eco Schools programme to develop a strategy for India.

Teacher Training workshops in Rajasthan
Capacity building to take teachers initiatives that focus on education for sustainable development in schools.

Teacher Training Workshops in Rajasthan

CEE Jaipur, in collaboration with Rajasthan State Bharat Scouts and Guides organised training for the Earthian Programme, and Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar 2013, in seven districts of Rajasthan. Both these initiatives focused on education for sustainable development in schools.

The training workshop dealt with project-based learning and aimed to capacity build teachers in undertaking action projects within school and community. The training was facilitated through interactive and experience-based teaching- learning methods such as games and demonstrations. Action ideas related to themes of the Paryavaran Mitra programme were also discussed as potential curricular projects by integrating them with state text books. Discussions on documentation and reporting formats were also held. 247 teachers attended these programmes held at Bhilwara, Bundi, Churu, Jaisalmer, Pali, Rajamand and Sirohi.
Something to take home: clay models of animals and birds.

Happenings at CEE’s Information Facilitation Centre

Over 100 students from Grade 2 of the Anand Niketan School, Ahmedabad visited CEE’s Information Facilitation Centre (IFC) on October 17-18.

The CEE campus at Thaltej Tekra has more than 60 species of trees and numerous species of other smaller plants. Through a nature trail which was conducted by Mr. Kedar Champhekar, Programme Officer, CEE the students learnt about the different types and forms of plants, and their uses and benefits. Through a creative session students also explored the variety of leaf shapes and sizes in plants.

Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh
Life-size animal and bird models installed at nature iInterpretation centre.

Installation of Nature Interpretation Centre at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh

One of the thrust areas of CEE has been Environment Education (EE) through Interpretation.  On October 8th, the team of CEE Studio and Protected Area Interpretation and Eco-tourism (PAIE) group completed installation of the Sukhna Lake Nature Interpretation Centre at Chandigarh.

Sukhna Lake, an artificial lake created in 1958, is situated in the city of Chandigarh. Apart from being a great recreational spot which receives alot of visitors, the lake has significant biodiversity.

The Interpretation Centre has been set up for the purpose of informing the visitors to the lake about the importance of wetlands; conservation and ecological values of the lake, and also of forest ecology. On display are various exhibits such as photo-text panels, dioramas, life-size animal and bird models, and high quality audio-visual interactive murals.

Ganges River Dolphin Day Programme
Mr. Nitish Kumar, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Bihar, sharing his thoughts on conservation of Ganges River Dolphin

Ganges River Dolphin Day Programme in Bihar

The Ganges River Dolphin was declared as the National Aquatic Animal on October 5, 2009. Since then this day has been declared as Dolphin Day. CEE North has been working on the conservation and education of Ganges river dolphin and has developed an educational package on the same.

The Department of Forest requested for a wider distribution of the educational package.

The CEE team was also invited to present their experience of working with schools around the dolphin habitat at the State level, at the Dolphin Day Programme held on October 5. More than 600 students, teachers, professors, scientists, fisher folk from the dolphin belt; media persons and NGO representatives attended this programme.

The Chief Guest for the programme, Mr. Nitish Kumar, Hon'ble Chief Minister highlighted the need of a clean Ganga for the health of Ganges River Dolphin and appreciated the efforts undertaken by various stakeholders for it's conservation. The Bihar State Forest department also presented the initiatives taken in the state towards the conservation of biodiversity and species such as the Ganges River Dolphin. Renowned Dolphin experts
Prof. R.K Sinha and Prof. Sunil Choudhary presented the status of these species in the state. From CEE North Mr. Sanjay Tiwari, Programme Officer and Dr. Abdul Kalam, Project Officer also made a presentation on the efforts being taken by the Dolphin Schools in the state towards the conservation of Ganges River Dolphins.

Through this programme and other activities, CEE’s educational package on Ganges River Dolphin has been distributed among 2000 stakeholders.

At Sundarvan, Ahmedabad
Exploring the wonders of nature in Polo Forest.

Wildlife Week 2013 Celebrations 

At Sundarvan, Ahmedabad

As part of its Wildlife Week celebrations, CEE's Nature Discovery Centre Sundarvan, organized various activities from October 2 to 8.

A exhibition of photographs by Mr. Mukesh Acharya, Mr. Malhar Raj Jingar, Mr. Kedar Champhekar, Ms. Sneha Dharwadkar, and
Mr. Jiten Shah was open to the public, at Sundarvan, during the week. Mr. Dipak Patel, Managing Director, Siddhi Developers, a wildlife photographer and well-wisher of Sundarvan, inaugurated the exhibition on October 2.

Mr. Mukesh Acharya shared his experiences of wildlife photography with participants who had enrolled for the wildlife photography workshop. Tattoos were painted on face and hands of visitors. A snake awareness programme and a bat awareness programme, were also conducted.

In an informative talk on reptiles Mr. Soham Mukherjee shared his wide range of experiences with different reptiles.  A Quiz on Indian wildlife and a drawing competition with the theme ‘Going, Going, Gone’ was conducted for school students.  Prizes and certificates were given to the participants.

The Sundarvan volunteers worked enthusiastically to publicize the programme, design the poster, and contributed significantly in coordinating activities to make week-long celebration a success.

A nature trip to the Polo Forest was part of the week’s events. It was led by CEE faculty Mr. Kedar Champhekar, Programme Officer and Ms. Sneha Dharwadkar, Programme Officer

Science Express Biodiversity Special
Turn into a Tiger with face painting at kids zone.
With the Science Express Biodiversity Special (SEBS) Train at Kota

The CEE Jaipur team observed the Wildlife Week in collaboration with the Science Express Biodiversity Special (SEBS) Train at Kota. CEE, the resource agency for National Green Corps (NGC) progamme in Rajasthan invited schools to visit the train and participate in activities organized for them. Since the first day, schools lined up to visit the train. The visitors found this unique exhibition on wheels to be very interesting and informative.

Various educational activities that focused on biodiversity conservation were conducted with children by CEE and the SEBS Team at the Kota railway platform. Environmental games received great accolades.  Face painting was a huge hit too. Besides platform activities, the Kids Zone was another attraction where craft activities linked to the wildlife theme were conducted. Paryavaran Mitra schools from adjoining districts to Kota also came to experience the SEBS and to participate in various activities including hands on activities in Joy of Science lab. Over the four days, SEBS at Kota saw overwhelming an response of about 8000 students and teachers of 101 schools.

CEE is the ENVIS centre on Environmental Education (EE). As an ENVIS centre, CEE caters to the information needs of environmental educators. Write to the CEE ENVIS Centre at

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