Centre for Environment Education (CEE) was established in 1984 as a Centre of Excellence of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. As a national institution, CEE’s mandate is to promote environmental awareness nationwide.

CEE develops innovative programmes and educational material and builds capacity in the field of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). It is committed to ensure that Environmental Education (EE) leads to action for sustainable development. It undertakes field projects that demonstrate and validate the role education can play in sustainable development.


Partnerships for Sustainability

CEE works with local, state, national and international agencies, organisations and governments in India and in various other countries to help create a sustainable future. CEE works closely with Forest Departments and others in creating interpretation programmes and facilities. With an extensive network of over 2 Lakh schools it undertakes many school programmes in partnership with different agencies.

With partners including State Governments, Foundations and Corporates through CSR funding, CEE has undertaken projects in rural and urban development, waste management, biodiversity conservation, quality improvement in school education, marine conservation and others.

Working with the government, CEE has made significant contributions to international negotiations in the area of ESD. CEE has played a Nodal role in India for several UN programmes such as UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD – with UNESCO); Global Environmental Facility – Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP – with UNDP); Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programmes (with UNICEF); and many others.

CEE is the Regional Coordinator for several regional initiatives like South Asia Youth Environment Network (SAYEN), and has worked with most countries in South and South East Asia on ESD.