Land-locked Kyrgyzstan and its unlocked ambition International Ozone Day
Bishkek, 16th September 2016
Ahead of the impending international agreement
to amend the Montreal Protocol, Kyrgyzstan has begun the phased reduction in
consumption of Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) by taking their national inventory and
review. HFCs are dangerous global warming gases having global warming
potential thousands of times more than carbon dioxide.
On the 16th of October, 2015 TERRE Policy Centre along with the Forest Department Satara division organised a Community dialogue at Kaas Village. TERRE has been organsing these dialogues since the year 2012 when the Kas plateau was inscribed as a World Natural Heritage Site. Exemplary progress has been made since then, thanks to the efforts of TERRE and the Forest Department. However problems of insensitive and indiscriminate tourism still remain.
Launch of Urban Forestry Project TERRE, MOEFCC and Tata Motors
Pune, 6 June 2015
:‘THE BEST TIME TO PLANT A TREE WAS 20 YEARS AGO. THE NEXT BEST TIME IS TODAY.’ And if such plantation is done in the middle of urban center like growing city of Pune, this Chinese proverb inspires to act. TERRE policy centre did just that. It launched Urban Forestry Programme by undertaking tree plantation programme on the occasion of World Environment Day of 2015.
‘Youth need to pursue Green Career’, says Indian Minister Javdekar
Pune, 24 February 2015
Using probiotic organisms to boost fish production without use of genetic engineering, deploying nanotechnology to enhance energy efficiency of PV-cells sans use of environmentally damaging metals and observing the habits of the birds to develop the indicators of degradation of biodiversity by avoiding human interference are some of the innovative and effective research papers presented by the students from international schools and colleges from 20th to 21st of February, in the International Youth Conference –TERRE YuCon-organized by TERRE Policy Centre. The two days of the vibrant presentations and discussions reverberated in the campus of MITSOM College and MACS College in Pune. The experts from UN organization, IIM and IIT Alumni, and representatives from Singapore, Dubai, France and India interacted with the young presenters on the topics of the water, climate and sustainable energy, the theme of 2015 YuCon.
What are we ready with for this specie? Obituary or Lifeline?
Pune, 8th November 2014
‘The last extinction of all species on earth occurred about 65 million years back, due to natural disaster. We are today going through latest extinction, this time caused by human activity. Red list of species on the verge of extinction is getting longer every year. The story of extinction of the bird’s species ‘The Great Indian Bustard-GIB is taking place in our backyard in Maharashtra. We must take action, and throw a lifeline to save this species’ said, RajendraShende at the meeting guided by a well known expert on the subject Dr. PramodPatil.
Leading by examples is the most
and probably the only effective path towards sustainable
development as envisioned in the global declaration in Rio+20
declaration -Future We Want’, said Rajendra Shende, Chairman
of TERRE Policy Centre and former director of UNEP during
the award ceremony at the Parivartan Sustainability Leadership
Awards Evening 2014, 16 Oct.
Level of Waste Management should be part of Human Development Index (HDI)
New York, 22 September 2014
"Poverty, Climate Change and Municipal Solid Waste management are interlinked challenges of our times. The present crisis-be it financial, faith or food-are the visible manifestation of our inability of to address these challenges head-on," said Rajendra Shende, Chairman of TERRE Policy Centre and former Director of UNEP while releasing the Policy Paper on Challenges in Transforming Waste into Potential Resource for the Sustainable Society, here in New York City, on the eve of the United Nations Climate Summit. The Policy Paper is jointly developed by TERRE Policy Centre and Sampurn(e)arth, a social enterprise supported by Tata Institute of Social Science in India and DBS Bank of Singapore.
UNEP launched the Scientific Assessment Panel's latest report on Ozone Layer Recovery and impact of Climate Change at UN HQ in New York city on 10th September 2014. UNEP's UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP's Executive Director along with Paul Newman of NASA and Dr. Ravishankar of Colorado State University addressed the press release
Improving the bio-mass based cook stoves used by more than 2 billion bottom of the pyramid people globally is not a merely technology issue. It needs human face, said Rajendra Sdhende, Chairman of TERRE, India based think-tank while releasing a policy paper, 'Future of Cook stoves: Review and recommendations'.
TERRE Team Participated ISB Global Social venture Competition
Hyderabad, March 2014
Team of 3 social entrepreneurs and TERRE members entered into finals of Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) organised by Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. GSVC provides aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and $50,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into businesses that will have positive real world impact. GSVC has evolved into a global network supported by an international community of volunteer judges, mentors and student organizers and a partnership of premier business schools in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
An expert roundtable on the future of RAC industry in India
Pune, March 2014
TERRE Policy Centre in collaboration with Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development organized a expert roundtable meeting titled “Selecting and Best Service Practices for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment Using Next-Generation Refrigerants for Energy Efficiency and Climate Protection” in Pune, India on the 5th of March 2014.
TERRE Policy Centre, new non-State Partner in the Climate Change and Clean Air
Pune, 15 Feb 2014
Thirty-five countries and the European Commission who are State Partners of the Climate
Change and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC or the Coalition) have
unanimously approved TERRE Policy Centre as a non-State Partner of CCAC. While communicating this
news to TERRE, Mr. Achim Steiner, Under Secretary General of United Nations and Executive Director of the
United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said, “We acknowledge TERRE Policy Centre’s leadership on
energy and food security and look forward to seeing the benefits that TERRE can bring as a partner.”
TERRE Policy Centre was invited by the voluntary group of employees of the Sustainability Unit of Infosys, the second largest IT Company in India to discuss the most pressing environmental issues and the actions needed to address them.
TERRE team visited Campus of Yashavantrao Chavan Institute of Science
Satara, 6 April 2013
TERRE team visited Campus of YCIS (Yashavantrao Chavan Institute of Science) Satara, State of Maharshtra, India to discuss the actions to make the Institute's campus more energy efficient. The present electricity consumption cost for the campus exceeds couple of lakhs of Indian Rupees (one lakh is equal to 100,000). TERRE and YCIS agreed to explore the area of saving this cost.
Apart from saving the energy cost for the campus of YCIS, the awareness on practical measures for improving the energy efficiency in university campuses would help young students to take up similar measures in their professional career later. Hence the initiative of TERRE and YCIS has far reaching positive impacts" said Rajendra Shende, Chairman of TERRE Policy Centre.
Faculty and students of YCIS are known for their innovative responses for the social and environmental problems. We are willing to explore the project on reducing the energy consumption in the YCIS campus in Satara', Said Dr. Arvind Burungale, Secretary of Rayat Shikshan Sanstha, parent organization of YCIS.
TERRE in cooperation with Princeton University, USA is proposing to organize a seminar in Satara on the subject in month of May 2013.
TERRE Policy Centre today released a second policy recommendation related to the necessity of taking stronger action under international environmental law for environmental damages. "The principle of 'loss and damages' agreed by the government negotiators in United Nations Climate Change meeting in Doha is the right step forward. However, there is a need to look at the other means available in the international community to introduce deterrent mechanisms against the environmental loss and damages", said Rajendra Shende, Chairman, TERRE Policy Centre.
TERRE Policy Centre and South Asian
Forum for Environment (SAFE) released an evidence-based policy paper today on
‘Bio-Rights’ an innovative mechanism that enhances biodiversity through improving
the livelihood of the local community. 193 signatory countries to the Convention
of Biodiversity, (CBD) after having miserably failed to meet 2010 target of
significantly reducing the rate of biodiversity, are entering the final stage of the
negotiations at COP11 here in Hyderabad.
TERRE Recommends Strong and clear international laws
Pairs, 11th June 2012
"It is not just climate change but violent
social change and military led political change also cause irreversible damages to
the environment. Arab Springs may not prove to be the real springs in the nature.
We need to re-look at the international laws to prevent and punish such environmental
damages", said Rajendra Shende, Chairman of TERRE policy Centre while launching a
policy paper on the subject on the eve of Rio+20 summit.
Vasundhara Festival : celebrities from distinct fields gather on the same platform to spread the environmental message
Pune, 26th Feb 2012
An astounding proponent of 'environmental-activism-by-results',
Sunita Narain, was awarded a prestigious 'Vasundhra Sanman' at the closing ceremony
of the 6th Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival in Pune, India at the
hands of Rajendra Shende, Chairman of TERRE Policy Centre and former Director in
UNEP and Anupam Kher, a renowned Bollywood actor.
2012 will be yet another milestone on the march towards
sustainable development. 20 years back, in 1992, the world
leaders chartered the path towards the sustainable world in the
global blue print called “Agenda 21". It also established the climate change,
biodiversity and desertification treaties as well as a forum on forests.
The world has already marked and celebrated Rio+5, Rio+10 and now it will be Rio+20.
Numbers are increasing with the word "Rio". What about the outcome?
You are cordially invited for the first ever Environmental Film Festival is being organized in the UK in London on 12th and 13th September 2014. It is a free event aimed to improve awareness on issues connected to environment and climate change.
The two-day event is jointly hosted by London-based Sanskruti Centre and multi-location TERRE Policy Centre who is partner with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)-Climate and Clean Air Coalition and United Nations Safe Planet Campaign. The Venue is Digital Theatre, MML 306 Dollis Hill Lane, and NW2 6HH.
Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under-Secretary will render the inaugural address on 12th September for State and junior Minister for Energy and Climate Change. Eminent speakers Sally Case, Chief Executive of David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and Rajendra Shende, former Director of United Nations
Environmental Program (UNEP) will also be speaking on the occasion. A short film on climate change will be shown thereafter.
On 13th, more films ranging about 5-14 minutes each in duration and connected to the Environment and impact of Climate Change on communities, biodiversity and culture will be screened. Films include Melting of Himalayas, Leopards in the Lurch, the Silenced Witness, The Last Dance etc. by acclaimed directors like Kalpana Subrahmanian, Ashima Narain, Gurmeet Sapal and Sonya Kapoor.
Guests (on both days) must be present by 5.30 pm. Drinks/light snacks are available.