Capsule course on
                   Environmental Management

Students of Aravali Institute of Management attended a course on 'Environmental Management' organised by CEE from 5th - 10th January 2009

Field Guide on Marine Life
The book Glimpses of the Gulf :The First Field Discovery Book to the Living Marine Resources in the Gulf of Mannar was released by Mr. T.R. Balu, Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways on 27th December 2008 at Rameshwaram.

The book, launched during one of the programmes on Sethu Samudram Project,  has been developed by CEE Tamil Nadu and Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve Trust. This is the first field guide of CEE on Marine Life.

The Batch 2 of second year MBA students attended a course on Environmental Management at CEE Ahmedabad. The lectures ranged from understanding environment, biodiversity, youth exchange, solid waste management, water, energy, sustainable agriculture, sustainable forest management, sustainable health, eco-labeling, environmental laws, political economy of the environment and various other subjects.

The students were given opportunities for group work. The presentations made by students were appraised and commented upon by experts. Students also visited two-day camp at Polo forest for experiencing nature and understanding biodiversity.

Students will be working on business plans and submit the same as assignments. They will also be appearing for end of semester exam on this capsule course as part of their curriculum.

New Management Education Centre on Climate Change

The Gujarat University, recognizing the importance of climate change issues, initiated discussions with CEE. The deliberations led to the joint establishment of the MECCC, by signing a MoU on 27th November 2008 at the Centre.

The MECCC will focus on capacity building through short term and long term courses, research and development activities, field visits, research guideships, conducting seminars and symposia, etc.

Ozone Phase out

CEE has been working closely with the Montreal Protocol over nearly 14 years on aspects of technical assistance and information support at the regional and global levels. The credibility established in this process has prompted UNEP to involve CEE in the development of phase out management plans targetting hydrochlorofluorocarbons and guide the development of the framework for destruction of ODS. The Industry Initiatives team is involved in these activities. This calls for close interactions with the staff of UNEP working on these aspects. Dr. R Gopichandran, Programme Director Industry Initiatives, is currently working out of the Compliance Assistance Programme Office of the OzonAction Programme in Bangkok. This work is related to 14 countries in South & South east Asia; and is scheduled to be completed by April 2009.
Involving volunteers in Teaching

CEE partners with the The Times of India's Teach India campaign. CEE and its sister institutions would use the approach of 'Joyful Learning' to get children in various parts of Ahmedabad to actively participate in civic issues within immediate vicinity. After several brainstorming sessions, CEE members came up with ten thematic areas to be covered in the twelve week programme. 

Over 300 enthusiastic volunteers participated in CEE's orientation and induction session held on 20-21 Dec 2008. The volunteers will contribute towards nation building with their creative approach.

Social Entrepreneurship Programme

Yale School of Management (SoM) has recently taken an initiative to expose faculty and students to the field of social entrepreneurship, as well as provide greater support to research that measures the impact of social and environmental ventures.

CEE was part of a group of five NGOs from India that have partnered with Yale SoM. Mr. Atul Pandya, Programme Director Rural Programmes Group and Ms. Sanskriti Menon, Sr. Programme Co-ordinator represented CEE. Students from School of Management, School of Forestry and School of Health will work on financial and business plans related to Gramnidhi in Gujarat, and composting in Pune.