To achieve the sustainable livelihood one must get educated in proper manner. TERRE Policy Centre putting this as an objective has been conducting TERRE Olympiad at National Level. In the third consecutive year 2017-2018, TERRE introduced the exam in 3 more languages namely Urdu, Bengali and Gujarati. Like the previous years, the exam was categorized in two groups viz. Bud (5th to 9th std) and Flower (10th to 12th std). The competition was supported by TATA Motors and Bharat Petroleum.
TERRE Policy Centre having an objective of sustainable livelihood has started with water shed development initiatives in rural region earlier in 2016. By following the same path, in February 2017 under the CSR initiative in association with Persistent Foundation has took up a project of constructing wells in rural parts of Mulshi Taluka, Pune. As the selected site Pimpri VastiVandre and Susale Village Vandre having human population around 500 and 330 animal population in each village, which comes under Shahiyadri region facing water scarcity issues they do not have any other enough water resource nearby area and have many beneficiaries to full fill the potable water need.
To encourage the environmental awareness amongst the students, TERRE Policy Centre in collaboration with Forest Department had conducted an environmental theme based online quiz competition- Green Olympiad. The first round of the exam was conducted from 1st December to 10th January. Second round of the exam was conducted from 15th January to 20th January. The competition had been conducted at National Level. The prize distribution ceremony is organized on 18th February 2017, where winners were felicitated by electronic gadgets as prizes, at the hands of Hon. Mr. Prakash Jawadekar, Minister of Human Resource Development, in Pune. TERRE received huge response from all over the India.
TERRE Policy Centre in collaboration with 100 Pipers Music CDs constructed a well at Vandre village in Pune District. Vandre village was facing water scarcity because of the geographical reasons. Vandre is a rain fed region of the Sahayadris where water runoff rate is high and storage of the rainwater is difficult. The well construction started on 5th June 2016. On 25th January, TERRE Policy Centre handed over the well which will be serving more than 250 villagers and more than 400 pets. The newly constructed well is also reducing the women’s efforts as now they don’t have to roam all over the area searching for the water. Also it will help to increase their economic level by increasing the productivity through poultries and dairies.
JSW-Times of India Earth Care Award is an initiative which highlights locally evolved eco friendly practices in the production and consumption across multiple sectors with special reference to climate changes. The ECA has now completed its 7th edition of its successful journey that started in 2008. TERRE is an outreach partner for the award and CEE is the knowledge partner for this award. Applications, selections and the final nominations were in alignment with the ‘Smart City’ theme.
TERRE Policy Centre had organized a series of Environmental Education Training Programs in different schools in Pune, in association with TATA Motors. The main purpose of the program was to train, aware and educate students regarding current environmental situations and their roll in the sustainable development. This program held in the month of September where we covered more than 2500 students. Also we distributed the education material in the schools which will be educating all the other students from the school. The training program was held successfully and TERRE received very energetic and enthusiastic response.
Assessment of reduction Short-Lived Climate for Panvel City
The purpose of this Agreement is to cooperate with TERRE Policy Centre in implementing the approved project: Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs).This PCA is concluded within the context of the CCAC Mitigating SLCPS from the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Sector. This initiative’s overarching goal is to enable cities, with the support of their regional and national governments, to move along waste hierarchy in a coordinated and cohesive manner in order to mitigate methane and black carbon emissions. TERRE Policy Centre has been selected to implement this PCA due to its strong presence and close relationships with national governments and cities in Maharashtra, India, which is a target country of the CCAC.
In reverential memory of late President and Scientist Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, TERRE Policy Centre, instituted the scheme for Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam Young Scientists Fellowship with the aim of distinguishing young scientists from rural areas of extraordinary promise and creativity who have made notable research contributions in in the field of Environment protection. This fellowship has been managed and funded by TERRE.
Engaging Local Communities in Stewardship of World Natural Heritage
Awards for An Initiative towards creating an Innovative model for Community led Conservation and Sustainable Management of UNESCO sites in the Northern Cluster of Western Ghats, India
Overall objective of the project is to evolve a model of participatory and people-led conservation and
sustainable management in Western Ghats UNESCO Natural Heritage Sites through a series of structured
multi-stakeholder dialogues and field initiatives.
Awards for Excellence in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
This joint initiative between JSW & The Times of
India has been fuelled by the incorporation of
successful inhouse climate change mitigation
measures within JSW and the urge to facilitate
further action through a mass eco-consciousness
movement by engaging the people of the country.
TERRE Policy Centre is the out reach partner and CEE is the knowledge partner in this initiative. The technical framework including questionnaire, application pack is developed by CEE and it is also responsible for short listing, field evaluation, ranking and final presentation to the Jury for selection of Awardees.
“Smritivan” can be translated to its literal meaning as “Forest of memory”. We all have some really special people in our lives, be it family, friends or even ideals. Many reasons can do us apart from these people, be it circumstances, distances or even death. Though the aloofness of physical being of someone, we always cherish their existence in our minds through our memories.
To highlight activities emanating from different sectors in response to the call for local level action to support climate change mitigation and adaptation. The awards for this year reflects India's priorities and commitment towards domestic level action and clearly highlights activities which has gone beyond compliance measures and leads to increasing resilience of communities.
College campuses are the crucibles in which precious metals called 'youth' are molded. Injecting the best practices of making the campuses energy efficient is like adding the knowledge-value to such molds. TERRE Policy Centre forged the partnership between Scholars from Princeton University –USA and the campuses in India at Pune and Satara in India to promote such best practices.
The State of Maharashtra, India hosts a niche-treasure of biodiversity in its Western Ghats called the ‘Kaas - Plateau of Flowers’. Geographically located at 17º42’ - 17º45’ N and 73º47’ - 73º56’E in the Satara district of Maharashtra, Kaas is a lateritic plateau at the height of 1200 meter above mean sea level. It is spread over about 1800 hectors of land. More than 450 species of wild flowers bloom in and after the monsoon season, most of which are endemic herbs. This area has been attracting the attention of tourists, botanists and environmentalists over the last decade. It is a sensitive biodiversity hotspot with several different varieties of unique endemic herbs, shrubs and other flora and fauna. Many studies have been undertaken to list their endemism.
TERRE Policy Centre organised the Environment Film Festival 2013, in association with Indian High Commission and Ministry of Housing and Environment (Maldives). The event was held at Male, Maldives from 26th to 31st January 2013.
"TERRE Policy Centre in collaboration with Forest Department- Mr. Praveen Gowda and Kaas village Sarpanch- Mr. Vishnu Kirdat have prepared a report card on progress after a year of the inscription of Kaas Plateau as World Natural Heritage. The report card is called "From Inscription to Action"
TERRE Policy Centre and Barefoot Power India
commissioned a solar charging station, in Kanyashala (girl’s school) in tiny
town of Rahimatpur. That provided girl students a big reason to come into
school in the morning and get light to carry back with them in the evening
everyday! It was on-the-ground contribution to what Malala dreams and what
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon aims to achieve under Global Education
Convention on Biological Diversity 2012 held in Hyderabad, India
TERRE was an active participant at the Convention on Biological Diversity 2012 held in Hyderabad, India.
Dr. Shende was invited as a speaker for the event - Social Benefits of Ecosystem services enhanced by restoration/rehabilitation of Degraded landscapes - sharing experiences of technological and social approaches
TERRE organized the event - Biorights of commons for conservation of biodiversity, in association with SAFE
The event 'World Natural Heritage and Sustainable Development:
Case of Western Ghats in India' was organized by TERRE in association with UNESCO and WII
World Environment Day in association with Hotel Leela, Mumbai
TERRE celebrated the World Environment Day in association with Hotel Leela, Mumbai and announced the Life time achievement award to renowned environmentalist Shri. Mohan Dharia, for his dedicated work in the field of environment.
TERRE organized a Power Point Presentation competition for school children on ‘Sustainable Development’ at district level. More than 1000 students participated in the event. Mr. Atul Bagai, Regional Coordinator, UNEP Bangkok and Director Pollution Control Board, participated in the Prize Distribution Ceremony.
Environment Quiz competition at Mumbai
JSW foundation organized an Environment Quiz competition for Municipal Schools of Mumbai. TERRE was the Knowledge Partner for this grand event held on Children’s Day.
GREE (China), the renowned organization for air-conditioners, installed two HCFC free air-conditioners in TERRE Policy Centre as demonstration units. This was announced through press release in the Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Bali.
A special training course on Renewable Energy and equipment maintenance was organized for students of ITI (Industrial Training Center) in Pune on 22nd April 2010. The training was attended by 30 students from ITI and slum areas. Three of them started their own service as technicians for solar and solar thermal equipment. A special training programme was held in Milano, Italy in June 2010.
Green IPL Cricket
A press meet was organized on 8th March 2010, by TERRE to introduce green IPL cricket games in association with UNEP and IPL. Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar was the event ambassador, Veteran cricket player Chandu Borde participated in the event. He appreciated IPL’s activities in the field of environmental protection and new trends of Cricket and IPL. Dr. Rajendra Shende (Chairman, TERRE/ Head, OzonAction) spole on leveraging the sports events to outreach the environmental message.
Road to Climate Friendly Chillers: Moving Beyond CFC’s anf HCFC’s
"Road to Climate Friendly Chillers: Moving Beyond CFC’s anf HCFC’s" in Cairo, Egypt organized jointly by UNEP and ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (Sept-Oct 2010). TERRE wat the out reach partner.
"CFC phase-out in Metered Dose Inhaler" in Pune, India, recognised by the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Ministry of Health (Government of India) and UNEP OzonAction (September 2010). TERRE was the out reach partner.
Conference in 2009 on “Renewable Energy and Green Job Opportunities” that TERRE organized in association with Centro Studio Galelio, Italy and European Energy Centre, UK, Human Resources Development in renewable energy became one of the priorities of TERRE’s portfolio.