Parkriti : Exploring Environment on Wheels

After its successful school visits in the year 2010 and 2011, Prakriti is back again to travel in Apnu Amdavad for the year 2013. .Prakriti: Environment Education Bus is a resource centre for schools which conveys the message of conservation of our resources. Its objective is to create environmental awareness amongst people and sensitizing children and youth on how they can take action towards sustainability.

The bus has exhibition panels on issues like Climate Change, Biodiversity, Energy, Land, Water and Gujarat. The colourful panels highlight environmental challenges in Gujarat and also the initiatives or measures taken to tackle them. Along with the exhibition, children also get the opportunity to participate in various games and activities linked with the themes of the panel. Movies on environmental conservation are screened for children which helps the team in achieving the objective on nature conservation.

We are glad to inform that the bus will resume its journey from February 2013. Schools, colleges, firms etc who are interested in the bus visit to their campus can contact us at:

Centre for Environment Education
Thaltej Tekra,
NFD Circle,Ahmedabad-380054, Gujarat, India.
Phone No.: +9179-26844833,

The visits will be made on request and a nominal charge has to be paid for the visits conducted. Charges for the same are stated below:

Fixed Cost: Rs.1500 (Driver charges, Material cost, CEE overheads)
Variable Cost: As per Fuel charges and distance from CEE



93SamVednaa -an initiative towards building Model Green Colleges94, is being undertaken by the South Asia Youth Environment Network (SAYEN), as part of the Asia Pacific Forum on Environment and Development (APFED ), supported by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in three colleges of Gujarat .

SamVednaa focuses on involving students on issues of immediate concerns. During Orientation Workshops the colleges identified the major issues such as- energy conservation, water conservation, waste management and managing green spaces as their concerns within their own college and neighbourhood community. The emphasis would be towards behavioural changes and actions at individual and collective levels, which could lead to reducing impacts of climate change, a major concern globally. Also, students would be exposed to SD based alternate livelihood options, encouraging them to undertake these as entrepreneurial activities. These institutions would also demonstrate models of sustainability for other colleges and the neighbourhood community. SAYEN has signed an MOU with Department of Higher Education, Government of Gujarat for identification of colleges in Gujarat for undertaking SamVednaa . The resource agency involved in the project is TERI.

Colleges involved

  • Gujarat Arts & Science College , Ahmedabad
    Gujarat College is one of the oldest and first colleges in Gujarat . It has a campus of about 30 acres area situated in heart of the city, Ahmedabad. Being founded in 1825, the college has colonial architecture and was most active during the freedom struggle More...
  • Government Science College , Valod, Tapi
    Government Science College situated in tribal areas of Gujarat is the only college in South Gujarat that offers courses related to electronics and computer science. The area of the campus is around 10 acres. In the present era, where mostly we hear about water crisis, this college is blessed with water table at 15-20 feet below the ground level More...
  • Mahadev Desai Gramsev Mahavidyalay, Dept of Microbiology, Sadra, Gandhinagar
    Mahadev Desai Gramsev Mahavidyalay, Dept. of Microbiology is a college situated in rural areas of Gujarat . The area of the campus is around 1.26acres and it consists of very old buildings constructed in 1891. There is Biogas Research Centre in the campus which was set up in 1993. Also, there is a biogas plant, composting pit and vermin composting present within the campus More...

Within each college a youth core group in the form of college 93Eco-club94 will be formed. This club would comprise of 30-50 students and 1-2 professors. The club would undertake activities on issues of immediate concerns such as energy, water, waste and biodiversity. The activities aim at bringing attitudinal change and setting up any one efficient system in the college. From each college, four student leaders and one-two project in-charge were involved in a Two-day Inception Workshop during which they could understand the project process and the activities that can be undertaken in their respective colleges.


Capacity Building Workshops on EMF and SD for ITIs in Gujarat

About the Programme

A study of environmental issues in the ITI system was undertaken in late 2006. As a consequence of this study an Environment Management Framework (EMF) was developed by the Director General of Employment and Training (DGE&T), Ministry of Labour & Employment (MoLE), Govt. of India, utilizing professional services of Centre for Environment Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, Ahmedabad.
One of the recommendations in the framework includes training and capacity building of various target groups to ensure effective implementation of EMF. The (CEE) Ahmedabad, in response to a request from Directorate of Employment and Training, Government of Gujarat has been involved to capacity build ITIs Principals, Coordinators and Social Studies instructors on:

  1. The EMF (developed by CEPT),
  2. Issues related to climate change and plantation and
  3. Help understand how environment perspective could be integrated into the existing vocational education system.

8 training programmes have been conducted. Each programme was of two days duration, for about 150 ITI Principals (3 programmes), 150 Social Studies Instructors (3 programmes) and about 88 Coordinators, Officers of the State Directorate and Master Trainers (2 programmes).
Recent event
On January 20 - 21, 2011, Ms. Shreerupa Mitra, Social Development Specialist, from USAID/ SARI Energy. Ms. Mitra visited some ITIs participating in the project to document the success story and changes brought by the project in students and in ITIs.

As part of training material, a resource book was developed. Read more

Power point presentations

  1. Communicating Environment -Shivani Jain CEE
  2. Eco- Housing
  3. Environment, Health and Safety Safety - Darshana Patel CEE
  4. Environment Management Framework - Gopal Kumar Jain CEE
  5. Key Environmental Concerns - Gopal Kumar Jain CEE
  6. Climate Change - Ramesh bhai CEE
  7. Ecology & Environment - Ramesh bhai CEE
  8. Plantation - Ramesh bhai CEE
  9. Pre and COP 15: An Overview - Gopal Kumar Jain CEE
  10. Environment, Development and VTE - Shivani Jain CEE
  11. SamVednaa - Gopal Kumar Jain CEE


Youth for Clean Air

93Youth for Clean Air (YCA)94 is a project conducted by CEE, SAYEN with support from UNEP, as a part of the implementation of the MalE9 Declaration on Control and Prevention of Air Pollution and its Likely Transboundary Effects for South Asia . The project includes two components-

  1. A publication on MalE9 Declaration (youth version) and
  2. A web-enabled Interactive CD for youth in South Asia

The content outline for both the publication and the interactive CD was developed by the youth. The publication comprises of two sections97the first section discussing basics of air pollution including sources and impacts and the section focuses on mitigation measures. The printed publication was launched on August 19, 2008 at the fifth Regional Stakeholders cum Regional Coordination Meeting of the Declaration by the Hon'able Minister of Environment and Natural Resource , Sri Lanka , Mr. Patali Champika Ranawaka. The interactive CD is developed by a media agency Metalearn in Bangalore . This web-enable interactive CD comprises of four modules97Understanding Atmospheric Emissions, Sources of Atmospheric Emissions, Impacts and Measures to Reduce Atmospheric Emissions and is undertaken by youth as an online course. The web-enabled version of the Interactive CD has been developed.


Learnings from Tsunami

The project, 93Learnings from Tsunami94 is an attempt to understand and analyze efforts undertaken by several stakeholders including governments, international aid agencies, donor agencies, individuals and communities in response to tsunami, a disaster, which affected eight countries, thousands of people and animals, destroying entire villages, and wreaking havoc in an already depleting and degrading environment.

The objective of the LfT Project was to create a toolkit comprising a Learnings Document, an Analytical Report and Guidelines for the various stakeholders who work in any post-disaster situation. Documentation of best practice case-studies from four countries 96 India , Indonesia , Sri Lanka and Maldives 96 was the foundation for the creation of all these documents in the following areas

  1. Needs assessment and targeting,
  2. Monitoring, evaluation, learning and accountability practices, Livelihood and habitat restoration strategies and implementation,
  3. Government-NGO, NGO-NGO coordination,
  4. Documentation, communication and dissemination, Integration of long term development and disaster preparedness in the process of relief rehabilitation, and
  5. Fund Raising

Within these, cross-cutting issues like education, age, gender, infrastructure, logistics, volunteers and staff were also included. Case-studies of experiences from areas outside the tsunami-affected region as well as experiences which were not success stories were incorporated.

CEE India , with its extensive network and working experience across the region, was the overall coordinating agency for LfT. Within CEE India , the SAYEN platform was the key tool to operate this project because of its presence in three of the countries ( India , Sri Lanka and Maldives ).For each country, there was a Country Coordinating Agency (CCA) which had the responsibility to oversee the documentation within the tsunami affected districts. The CCAs for each country were decided as follows:

Country Country Coordinating Agency
India Centre for Environment Education, India
Sri Lanka Centre for Environment Education, Sri Lanka
MaldivesBlue Peace

This project was supported by Oxfam America , which has been working on disaster management as well as preparedness efforts in the region. Given Oxfam's focus and expertise in disaster management, individuals from Oxfam were also involved as subject experts in certain project processes, especially in preparation of the analytical summary and the tool kit.

Based on the inputs from youth during their study, a set of three publications were developed as 93Lessons from the Asian Tsunami- 200494. These are:

Spirit of Survival: Stories from the Depths of a Tsunami
Threads of Disaster Management: Weaving Youth Insights from Tsunami Response into a LearningDocument
Nurturing Humanitarianism: Documentation and Training as a way of Preparing Youth for Disaster Management


Sub-regional Sustainable Development Strategy (SSDS)

CEE, the SAYEN Secretariat in close partnership with UNEP has developed 93We Hold Our Future94 - a publication on the Youth perspectives on Sustainable Development (SD) along with a 15 minute film undertaken as a part of the project 93Sub-regional Sustainable Development Strategy ( SSDS) for South Asia 96 A Youth Perspective94.
The first of its kind, 93We Hold Our Future94 is unique as it provides new light for the youth to be a part of the SD activities in South Asia . The youth involved with SSDS believe that they are the future generation, full of potential and enthusiasm. They, as direct stake holders, are always enthusiastic to get involved in the current issues and there should be no hesitation in entrusting responsibility to them.
Written by youth themselves, 8 goals and 23 targetsfor SD in South Asia have been identified to address the transboundary environmental issues, emphasizing the need to develop strong cultural ties among all nations in the sub-region.
The publication shares some of the best practices from the sub-region and mentions some key actions/ project ideas that youth could undertake/ proposes to be undertaken for SD in South Asia . These include eco-housing, eco-transportation, bio-fertilizer, organic farming, green curriculum, herbal medicine; water shed management, waste management, bicycle lanes, peace concerts etc.

The perspective and recommendations of the Youth attending the Youth Working Session at the Fourth International Conference on Environment Education ( ) has also been inculcated in the publication including the Tree of Sustainability which depicts the youth vision of SD.
The film 93We Hold our Future94 reflects the process and content of the publication. Initiatives that motivate the youth or inspire them such as Green Hunt, Street plays at TUNZA International conference etc have been included along with the component on what can be done by them to achieve SD in their country.
93We Hold Our Future94 reflects the vision 93Sustainable Development in South Asia through Youth Participation.94


SARI/Energy Project

SAYEN launched its first sub-regional project SARI/Energy - Involving Youth in Water conservation for Energy Conservation, in 2003. It was conducted by CEE in India and Sri Lanka Environment Exploration Society (SLEES) in Sri Lanka.
Supported by USAID and managed by Winrock International and Winrock International India, this project involved youth from various institutions/associations/groups in the respective countries to document a best practice in the form of a case study on water conservation for energy conservation on a local basis. It includes a case study on initiatives taken by individuals/ groups/ NGOs/ institutions related to either one or more of the following sectors; agriculture, domestic, industry, institution, culture, city/ village managers. The case studies were studied by SAYEN members and other associates in the two countries. The detailed process of the final compilation of best studies attempt to show examples of innovativeness to people in relevant sectors, to replicate these practises and approaches, for economic upliftment in their community.