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May 1-31, 2014
Earth Care Awards
The Earth Care Awards to recognize notable efforts and initative of people in the area of climate change.

Earth Care Awards 2014

The Earth Care Awards were given away on April 30.  The award is a joint initiative by Jindal Steel Works (JSW) and Times of India, with CEE as knowledge partner and Terre Policy Centre as outreach partner. Dr. R. K. Pachauri, Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was the Chief Guest of the event.

The award ceremony held at the JSW Centre was attended by the jury members who shared their thoughts with respect to each category.  Mr. Rajat Gupta from McKinsey’s explained that companies need to start thinking not just about what they can do within their boundaries, but also outside and adjacent to them.
Mr. Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director, CEE and also a member of the jury, stressed the need for indigenous innovation instead of transplanting technology from the West.

The awards process has been continually engaged in exploring projects which reflect commitment and results, integrating climate change considerations in their operations, development activities and innovations.

A compendium Coping with Climate Change: Case studies and Experiences was also released at the event by Dr. Pachauri.  The compilation of case studies of the five award-winning efforts puts forward responses emanating from ground level on mitigation and adaptation requirement to climate change. This has been compiled through a process of application and field-level due diligence. Click here to view this compendium.

The winners in different categories were:

Community based Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change: Water Resources, Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry.

  • Lutheran World Service India Trust and  ENDEV- Society for Environment and Development
  • Aga Khan Rural Support Programme - India 

Innovations for Climate Protection

  • Farmland Rainwater Harvesting Systems

GHG Emission Reduction in Industry: Large Enterprises and Small and Medium Enterprises

  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Kymore Cement Works, ACC Limited
Bor and Gorewada Interpretation Project
Wayside signages help to enrich a nature trail experience.

Nature Interpretation Facilities Installed

Nature Interpretation facilities such as wayside signages on nature trails and on the tourism complex were conceptualized, designed and developed, and successfully installed at Gorewada Lake in Nagpur city, Maharashtra and at Bor Eco-tourism Complex at Bor Wildlife Sanctuary, Wardha District, Maharsahtra. This project was undertaken by the Protected Area Interpretation and Eco-tourism Group and Graphic and Exhibit Design Studio of CEE.

The wayside signages at Gorewada Lake seek to interpret some of the important flora and fauna, including migratory birds at the lake, and also highlight the ecological importance of wetlands. The wayside signages at Bor highlight some of the important trees and bird and mammal species of Bor Wildlife Sanctuary as well as fish species of the Bor reservoir. The signages also highlighted the importance of lesser fauna like butterflies and also talked about importance of conservation of Bor. Interpretive signages, gates and murals were also designed and installed at these locations, along with facility signages.

Paryavaran Mitra Awards
Experts shared recent trends in biodiversity and encouraged active engagement in spreading this awareness.

National Environment Awareness Campaign, Uttarakhand

The guidance workshop for the implementing agencies of Uttarakhand for National Environment Awareness Campaign (NEAC) 2013-14 was organized by the Regional Resource Agency Punjab State Council for Science & Technology (PSCST) at Dolphin Institute of Biomedical & Natural Sciences, Dehradun on May 27.

The national theme for the current year’s campaign is Biodiversity Conservation. A total of 102 project proposals were received from Uttarakhand for this cycle of NEAC, of which 84 were sanctioned. Most of the awarded agencies are NGOs, and there are a few government and educational institutions.

The guidance workshop was attended by more than 45 organizations from across the state.
Dr. Arun Kumar, Director of the Dolphin Institute talked about the importance of biodiversity and the role that his institution has been playing towards conserving it. 

Dr. S.K. Mukherjee, former Director of the Wildlife Institute of India and member Governing Council, CEE was the chief guest for the occasion. Dr. Mukherjee threw light on the recent trends in biodiversity and how NGOs through their small-scale NEAC projects can help sort these out. Dr. Sushil Saxena of PSCST discussed about the activities proposed under the NEAC projects and the awareness and action components of these. Ms. Vidushi Sharma of the PSCST explained the procedures to be followed by the implementing agencies and the expectations of the RRA like submission of bond, reports, utilization certificate and other documents.

Mr. Abdhesh Gangwar, Programme Director, CEE, who was invited as a resource person, briefed the implementing agencies on enhancing the quality of their proposals and effectiveness in implementing them. Mr. Gangwar attempted to establish synergies and linkages among NGOs and suggested that they work in collaboration with the State Biodiversity Board, Forest Department, schools, village panchayats and available community based organizations. He informed NGOs about the United Nations Development Programme - Global Environment Facility/ Small Grants Programme project ‘Mainstreaming conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plant diversity in three Indian states’ and how to piggy back this important project on their NEAC projects. All the NGO partners will be supported by State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB) and CEE in their project implementation. SMPB has a network of institutions and resource persons at district level.


Science Education Kit developed by CEE, being launched by HE Mr. Nobuhito HOBO, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Maldives in Male

Supporting Effective Teaching and Learning of Science in the Maldives


The project titled ‘Joyful and Effective Teaching and Learning in Science’ in Maldives aims to enhance teacher and teacher training capacity in the teaching and learning of Science and Environment. This UNESCO project, funded by the Japanese Funds-in-Trust, is being implemented by UNESCO New Delhi Office, in partnership with Maldives National Commission for UNESCO, Ministry of Education, Government of Maldives (National Institute of Education) with technical support of CEE, India.

One of the Project Activities was to train faculty and students of the B.Ed programme at the Maldives National University. A two-day workshop was designed with the objective of developing understanding among the participants towards effective pedagogy of Science education; assessment of learning in Science; and developing low cost interactive Teaching Learning Material. The Workshop was facilitated by CEE Faculty..

The project closing ceremony was held on May 13 at which the prototype Science Education Kit, and ‘Nurturing Curiosity: A Manual for Science Teachers’ developed by CEE, was launched by HE Mr. Nobuhito HOBO, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Maldives. The Minister of Education, Government of Maldives; Director, UNESCO and Secretary General Maldives National Commission for UNESCO were present at the launch.

Green Wave 2014
More than 4000 diverse tree saplings were planted as part of the Green Wave India Campaign.

Celebrating International Day for Biological Diversity May 22

Green Wave campaign
The Green Wave is an initiative of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.  The Green Wave 2014 Campaign on May 22  received an overwhelming response in India.

Green Wave-India campaign, promoted and popularized by CEE, received attention across groups. Participation came from students, teachers, government institutions, NGO’s and business houses. Plantation activity was carried out in a range of habitats like coasts, Western Ghats, Himalayas, arid and semi arid parts of the country. A diversity of tree species ranging from deciduous to semi evergreen, to evergreen trees such as Teak (Tectona grandis), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Pongamia (Millettia pinnata), Coconut (Cocos nucifera), Mango (Mangifera Indica) and Banayan (Ficus benghalensis) which have a range of uses from medicine to food were planted.

4000 women from Self Help Groups in Tamil Nadu participated in the plantation campaign. CEE South staff planted Neem (Azadirachta indica) in their office premises.

Managing Waste
Over 400 students participated in different activities to mark this day.

An event to commemorate International Day for Biological Diversity 2014 was held at Jaipur. CEE, Jaipur collaborated with Department of Environment and Forests, Government of Rajasthan; Rajasthan State Biodiversity Board (RSBB); and Rajasthan State Bharat Scouts and Guides (RSBSG) to organize the activities.

The event started with an awareness rally flagged of by Mr. S.S. Chaudhary, Chairman, RSBB and Mr. Y.K Dak, Secretary, Environment department.  Mr. Deepak Bhatnagar, Member Secretary, RSBB and Mr. P.C. Jain, Headquarter Commissioner, RSBSG were also present at the event.

This was followed by plantation of saplings under the Green Wave Programme announced by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD). A number of competitions like mask making, essay writing, slogan writing, best out of waste and poster making were organised for the participants. The programme ended with a pledge to take positive actions within the participants’ capacity to save biodiversity. The CEE Jaipur Team also facilitated participation of Government institutions, Non Government orgainsation and schools in the Green Wave Campaign from different districts across the state.
CoDeS European Network
Enriching interactions through sharing experiences.

School-Community Collaboration

Mr. Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director, CEE was one of the keynote speakers at the conference on ‘Designing a Sustainable Future through School Community Collaboration’ . This event provided a platform for sharing experiences of successful collaboration of schools’ work with communities for sustainable development.
Mr. Sarabhai explained how the concept of ‘Handprint’ is being used by schools and shared some examples related to it.

CoDeS European Network on School Community Collaboration for Sustainability, a Comenius multilateral Network supported by the Lifelong Learning Programme of European Union organized the conference on in Barcelona, Spain from May 21-23.

Summer Programme
An ocean world on the wall!

Happenings at CEE’s Information and Facilitation Centre

The month-long annual Summer Programme was conducted for children between 6-13 years at the CEE Ahmedabad campus. The educational activities revolved around this year’s World Environment Day (WED) theme ‘Raise your voice, not the sea level’. The programme included activities related to generating awareness about the ocean and marine biodiversity.

In order to cater to the needs of the different age groups, activities were planned for two age-categories i.e. 6-8 years and 9-13 years. Each week had a sub-theme : ‘Diving into the oceans’; ‘Sea shells on the sea shore’; ‘Blue Planet’ and ‘Coastal Heritage’ respectively. The four-week schedule was co-ordinated by individual experts, with support from college interns and volunteers.

Each week’s programme included various teaching-learning ideas to encourage students to raise critical questions related to the theme. These were a mix of audio visual clips, children friendly presentations, experience sharing, photographs by experts on the field etc. Related hands-on activities which included craft, clay modelling, story-telling, best-out-of-waste products etc. were conducted to provide hands-on experience.

Theme-based games related to marine Web of Life; dolphins and echolocation; prey-predator relationships under the sea; pirates and ships; treasure hunts were organized. On the penultimate day of every week, a field trip was arranged. These included visits to a museum, aquarium, zoo and a library. At the museum the children saw a collection of corals, shells, crustaceans, turtle shells and whale and porpoise skeletons; at the aquarium they had the opportunity to view sea water exhibits, live clown fishes, stinging anemones and hermit crabs; and at the zoo the children learnt about the important role that coastal birds play in a marine ecosystem. At the library they learnt the difference between the marine ecosystem and that of freshwater pond.

Creative activities such as painting the ocean on a wall or a canvas; making marine creature magnets, watching awareness related visuals etc., nourished children’s curiosity which was nourished with expert guidance and encouragement.

This year IFC’s summer programme broadened its initiative and provided a platform not only for the younger generation to build a relationship with nature; but also for the experts, interns and volunteers to help nurture this bridge.

Managing Waste
What egg – citement! Comparing a turkey and an ostrich egg at Sundarvan.

A busy month at Sundarvan

Sundarvan, CEE’s Nature Discovery Centre at Ahmedabad, conducted summer programme for children between 7 to 13 years, during May 12-13. Several educational activities like a guided zoo visit, clay modeling, snake awareness programme, puppetry, face painting and adventure activities were carried out on these days.  A similar programme was conducted for students between the ages of
10 to 15 years from Snowflakes Academy on May 13.

A photo-walk or a photography session was conducted at Sundarvan by Ahmedabad Photowalkers on May 11. There were than 100 visitors on this day. A snake awareness programme was also conducted too. This event was widely covered by the local media.  A nature photography exhibition was jointly held by Sundarvan and Photophilics at the Sundarvan Park Premises between May 30 and June 1.

Sundarvan is recognized as a mini-zoo by the Central Zoo Authority, Government of India. It has a collection of reptiles, birds and small animals.

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