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Land-locked Kyrgyzstan and its unlocked ambition International Ozone DayBishkek, 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.
KAAS Community Dialogue 2015Satara, 16 October 2015
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
Pune, 6 June 2015
TERRE, MOEFCC and Tata Motors
:‘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 JavdekarPune, 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.
Transformation in ActionNew Delhi, 11 November 2014
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.
Ozone Layer on Track to RecoveryNairobi/Geneva, September 2014
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
Future of Cook stoves: Review and recommendationsPune, April 2014
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 CompetitionHyderabad, 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 IndiaPune, 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 CoalitionPune, 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 team visited Campus of Yashavantrao Chavan Institute of ScienceSatara, 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 lawsPairs, 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 messagePune, 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?