These four tools make-up our ‘environmental kit’ to undertake the work always respecting the value of our ecosystems. With the help of this tool box we strive to reach all strata of society, particularly the young generation and people at the bottom of the pyramid.
TERRE in French means the Earth. The Earth is our only home in this vast universe. That itself is a strong enough reason that we should take care of it.
Working on an issue that is often polarized and politicized, the Centre provides a forum for objective research and analysis with the aim of developing pragmatic policies and solutions. TERRE is a leading voice for sensible action to address the most pressing global environmental problem of the 21st century. 'Practicing what we preach' and 'To promote the change that we want to see' are TERRE’s working messages.
Environmental protection and human development are at the core of the debate on contemporary social and economic order. Our unsustainable life styles are impacting our global climate.
TERRE serves as a platform and turning point for generating the political will necessary for action, both globally and domestically, by enhancing the knowledge of civil society.
TERRE shuns from pointing fingers, but promotes holding hands, to find solutions and catalyze action.
While India is the starting point, TERRE’s initiatives know no geographic limitations. Environmental impacts cross regions and political boundaries.
Technology cooperation and transfer are the key to appropriate transformation towards a sustainable life style. We promote eight strands of activity which we believe are key to this transformation: Energy efficiency improvement, energy from waste, renewable energy, crop protection, land and water restoration, safe disposal of wastes and community empowerment. TERRE links with national, regional and global resources, institutions and experts to assess needs and deliver specific support with the aim of supporting remediation and restoration objectives though appropriate technologies and policies.
Education is a means of capacity building to promote appropriate actions. Knowledge and Information on preventive and remedial measures are the key tools by which civil society can promote action in a timely manner. As information is fundamental to action, TERRE enables the use of information through knowledge management.
60% of the world’s natural resources are already degraded and many have reached points of no return. Rehabilitation solutions are required which are adapted to our changed world. TERRE provides information and technical support to existing initiatives without duplicating the effort of others. TERRE seeks to leverage existing remediation and restoration technologies where possible.
TERRE’s primary activity is research on good practice governance and policies, often that have been followed for centuries by some communities and governments. TERRE engages the experts around the world to sift out the traditional as well as cutting edge thoughts and actions that promote development without degrading the environment.
The Environment of our only home – Earth –is at the core of TERRE’s unique efforts. The most important strength of TERRE is its work based on reality checks and pragmatic approaches proven through piloting and demonstrations. TERRE believes that environmental protection and development must go hand in hand.