Thrust Areas >Sustainable Rural Development  
  Develop programmes for income generation and better utilization of resources, through field programmes designed specifically for rural communities  
  Conservation efforts are rarely successful in the absence of a general understanding of the need to integrate environmental consideration into development strategy. It becomes necessary therefore to practically demonstrate the superiority of ecologically sound projects and technologies which can promote such understanding and environmental sensitivity.

The vision of the Rural Programmes Group of the Centre is to contribute to the knowledge and practice of sustainable development of ecologically sensitive, stressed, fragile areas through promotion of equitable and sustainable livelihood strategies. CEE develops, adapts and encourages a variety of natural resource management approaches through its programmes as well as facilitates such initiatives by other groups.

Through its field programmes designed especially for communities living in rural areas, CEE has developed programmes for income generation and better utilization of resources. These include activities aimed at creating awareness among the communities about the ecological significance of the areas around which they live.

Projects to demonstrate environmentally-sound, practical alternatives to support sustainable resource management in ecologically fragile areas, including areas around National Parks and Sanctuaries are also undertaken.
 
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
 
Sustainable Business and Climate Change
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