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The Centre for Environment Education (CEE)
in India was established in August 1984 as a Centre of Excellence supported by the Ministry
of Environment and Forests. The organisation works towards developing
programmes and materials to increase awareness about the environment and sustainable development. The head office is located in Ahmedabad. The Centre has 41 offices across India including
regional cells in Bangalore (South), Guwahati (North East), Lucknow (North), Ahmedabad (West)
and Pune (Central); state offices in Delhi, Hyderabad, Raipur, Goa, Coimbatore; and several
field offices. It has international offices in Australia
and Sri Lanka.==History==
The Centre for Environment Education was created in recognition of the importance of environmental
education in India’s overall environment and development strategy. The CEE was established as a Centre of Excellence
in 1984, supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India. Mr. Kartikeya Sarabhai is the Director of
CEE. CEE has inherited the rich multi-disciplinary
resource base and varied experience of Nehru Foundation for Development, its parent organisation,
which has been promoting educational efforts since 1966 in the areas of science, nature
study, health, development, and environment. At the time it began its activities, CEE was
perhaps the only organization actively engaged in environmental education in the country. While carrying out programmes in different
parts of the country, it was located only at Ahmedabad. Within five years of activities, it was realized
that for a country as vast and diverse as India, physical presence was important for
effective implementation. Based on this, the first regional office was
opened for the Southern region in 1988-89. Since then it has been a conscious effort
to have an office or presence in the geographical area of work. After completing a decade of activities in
1994, it was decided to move more from environmental education to environmental action. This was an outcome of the learnings and experiences
in the first ten years. CEE began more pilot, field-level and demonstration
projects towards sustainable development which could be scaled-up and replicated. Within the next ten years, these projects
formed a major chunk of Centre’s activities. Today, CEE works for a wide range of sectors,
target groups and geographical areas. CEE sees a major opportunity in the UN Decade
of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD-2005-14) to further contribute towards sustainable
development. CEE is the nodal agency for implementation
of DESD activities in India under the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government
of India. CEE’s programmes in the Decade will focus
on Training and Capacity Building,
Internships and Youth Programmes, Consultancy Services,
Knowledge Centre for ESD, and Journal on Education for Sustainable Development.==Mandate==
CEE’s primary objective is to improve public awareness and understanding of the environment
with a view to promoting the conservation and sustainable use of nature and natural
resources, leading to a better environment and a better quality of life. To this end, CEE develops innovative programmes
and educational material, and builds capacity in the field of Education and Sustainable
Development (ESD). It undertakes demonstration projects in education,
communication and development that endorse attitudes, strategies and technologies which
are environmentally sustainable. CEE is committed to ensuring that due recognition
is given to the role of education in the promotion of sustainable development.==Thrust areas==
CEE’s work is organised around thrust areas As an organising principle. Education for Children
EE in Higher Education Examination systems for EE
Education for Youth Communicating Environment through the Media
Experiencing Nature EE through Interpretation
Knowledge Management for Sustainable Development Industry Initiatives
Sustainable Rural Development Water and Sanitation
Sustainable Urban Development Waste Management
EE for Fragile Areas Biodiversity Conservation
Ecotourism Disaster Preparedness and Rehabilitation
Training, Networking and Capacity Building Facilitating NGO and Community Initiatives
Initiatives for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
Research in EE==International presence==
The expanding scope and geographical coverage of the Centre’s projects and programmes
have led to the development of an emerging institutional profile in the South Asian and
Asia Pacific region.===CEE Australia===
Incorporated in July 2001, CEE Australia is dedicated to raising awareness and supporting
an informed approach to environment and development issues in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.===CEE Sri Lanka===
Registered in September 2004, CEE Sri Lanka has a mandate to promote environmental education
and communication in Sri Lanka, strengthen EE programmes and respond to local/regional
needs. It will facilitate synergies and collaborations
based on learnings and experiences of EE in India and Sri Lanka.===CEE Bangladesh===
BCEE, a partnership with the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies, contributes to meeting
the Environment Education and Communication needs in Bangladesh

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