Thrust Areas > Eco Toursim  
  Promote tourism practices that are environmentally sustainable, economically benificial to local communities, and educational experiences for tourists.  
  Conservation of biodiversity has always been an objective of environment education. CEE has expertise in and has done a wide range of activities in this area. It coordinated the 'Education, Awareness and Training' Thematic Working Group of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. Several of its Ecodevelopment Programmes looked at biodiversity conservation as a major thrust. Through the Darwin Initiative, Environment Orientation to School Education (EOSE) scheme of MHRD, and the UNDP-GEF-Small Grants' Programme, CEE has also facilitated and networked with many grass-root NGOs working in the field of biodiversity conservation. There have been many school programmes, manuals and training programmes which had, and have, biodiversity as the focus area.

Ecotourism Education
In order to address the crucial issue of ‘appropriate' forms of tourism management and planning, CEE is working with the University of Central Lancashire, UK, to jointly develop a Masters Degree programme in Ecotourism. The programme will engage Indian tourism professionals, tourism students, government employees and others engaged in tourism management and planning, in order to promote the values and practicalities of ecotourism for the social, economic and environmental benefit of the nation.
 
UNDP-GoI Endogenous Eco-tourism Project
CEE has been selected as an Implementing Partner for the Endogenous Tourism Project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, in three sites in the North East – Kamalasagar (Tripura), Durgapur ( Assam ) and Sualkuchi ( Assam ). The goal is to promote local culture and craft based eco-tourism for sustainable livelihoods and integrated rural development. CEE will be involved in training and building the capacity of youth in ‘guiding' skills, interpretation skills, communication skills, etc. CEE will develop marketing support materials such as brochures, training charts, posters, etc, and would also facilitate creation of village kala kendra (craft museums) and vishram sthals (rest houses) by developing panels, exhibitions etc.
Some Major Programmes:
   
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Thrust Areas
Education for Children
EE in Higher Education
Examination System for EE
Education for Youth
 
Communicating through Media
Experiencing nature
EE through Interpretation
Knowledge Management for SD
 
Industry Initiatives
Sustainable Rural Development
Water and Sanitation
Sustainable Urban Development
Waste Management
Disaster Preparedness and Rehabilitation
 
EE for Fragile Areas
Biodiversity Conservation
Eco-Tourism
 
Training, Networking and Capacity Building
Facilitating NGO and Community Initiatives
Initiatives for the UN DESD
Research in EE and ESD