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How to prepare your business for environmental disasters in the face of Coronavirus?

Chandra Kishore, Founder, Indian Environment Network www.paryavaran.com sat with our next "Green Star" Professor Anil Kumar Gupta to discuss how businesses can prepare themselves to face environmental disasters like Coronavirus.

Professor Anil is Head of India’s National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) Division of Environment and Disaster Risk Management. He is Programme Director of the Centre for Excellence on Climate Resilience and implementing projects.

The interview was broadcasted LIVE on www.paryavaran.comwww.dayoutwithastar.com, on facebook https://www.facebook.com/dayoutwith/videos/871751106631516/
and on youtube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNZNS5G7bsY .

Sunday March 15, 7:30 PM India Time (10:00 AM USA EST) .

Leave your questions for Prof. Gupta here and the professionals from National Institute of Disaster Management will be happy to answer your questions.

 

This interview is brought to you by Indian Environment Network www.paryavaran.com with members from 2000+ environmental organizations. We are seeking 1000 organization partners to run this platform together as a gateway to the Indian Environment Market! Email partnership inquiries to ien@paryavaran.com .

"Day out with a Star" http://www.dayoutwithastar.com is a humble initiative to give a platform to professionals all over the world where their fans can directly book one-on-one time with their idols. Schedule your next interview with us.

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Day out with Paryavaran Star: D. C. Shekhar!

Paryavaran.com members, we are now 6500 members strong coming from 2000+ environment organizations! To celebrate the occasion we have redesigned the website to give space to 1000 truly innovative indian environment organizations who can join us as Institutional Partners and run the paryvaran.com website together on one platform. Ping me at ien@paryavaran.com if you want to be part of my dream of "To create a million hours of work in the service of mother earth" .

You cannot seperate great paryavaran work from truly amazing paryavaran professionals who make the vision of your environment ogranization possible. Indian Environment NEtwork run by paryavaran.com plans to celebrate these professionals by nominating one Paryavaran Star every week.  Happy to talk to any sponsors who can help us nominate one PAryvaran Star every day!!

This week we are proud to nominate D. C. Shekhar, as our next "Paryavaran Star" .

Chandra Kishore, Founder, paryvaran.com, sat with Shekhar over a cup of virtual coffee on Facebook Live on February 9th , 8 PM India time/ February 9 , 9:30 AM US EST.

The interview was broadcasted on Facebook Live on our facebook page www.facebook.com/dayoutwith . Please LIKE and SHARE the page to get alerts for these interviews.

D.C. Shekhar was a merchant navy oil tanker captain until 2003 and oversaw operational risks of a fleet of oil tankers for few years while working at Singapore. He studied finance management at SIngapore and returned to India in 2007 to further study EGMP at IIM Bangalore.

He founded Lavender Pvt Ltd which studied the techno commercial dynamics of sectors of cruise tourism, hydrofoils, seaplanes, yacht marinas and Ro Ro circuits for the Government.

He further founded AlphaMERS Ltd and engaged in innovation of problem areas in water bodies. AlphaMERS developed and patent applied multiple solutions including floating trash barrier, silt trapping, maritime floating security barriers, ocean wave energy converters and flood relief gear.

AlphaMERS, incorporated in 2010, has been a profit making bootstrapped MSME which has invested heavily in R&D from its own accruals, and successfully developed solutions in sunrise industries of environment, maritime security and renewable energy.


"Day out with a Star" http://www.dayoutwithastar.com is a an initiative of Paryavaran.com ( Indian Environment Network) to give a platform to amazing innovators all over the world where their fans can directly book one-on-one time with their idols and get inspired. Support us by joining as an institutional partner to showcase your Star professionals, customers and community members as the next "Star" on our platform!

Here is the youtube link:

 

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To educate and enlighten

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.”

― C. S. Lewis


With the introduction of Environmental Studies in the Indian educational syllabus since the early 2000s, many of us have started appreciating the need for environmental education for children in particular. However, many of us are not aware of the good work being done by some organizations in this field for the past many years. One such stellar Non-governmental Organization (NGO) is Paryavaran Dakshata Manch. Started in July 1999, Paryavaran Dakshata Manch, the founders of this NGO recognized the need for continued environmental awareness raising and education much before the Supreme Court needed to step in to make the subject mandatory for school children.


The brainchild of a group of friends in Thane (a north-eastern suburb of Mumbai), the efforts of Paryavaran Dakshata Manch has been educating school children about conservation, biodiversity, and preserving and protecting natural resources such as forests and creeks for many years now. Simple exercises like educating children and citizens about the use of paper flags instead of plastic ones ahead of the Republic and Independence Days strikes a chord with them. Another popular festival with an eco-friendly twist is Rakshabandhan. Paryavaran Dakshata Manch encourages children to celebrate Rakshabandhan by tying rakhiaround their favourite tree. They then take a vow to take care of the tree and protect it, and further the cause of conservation.


The organization’s efforts are particularly notable due to the fact that it caters to a variety of students, including those whose medium of school instruction is Marathi. Since 2003, the NGO has been publishing the Aapale Paryavaran magazine, which is the only Marathi magazine devoted entirely to environmental issues. In a world where information on environmental issues is undoubtedly easy to find online, we forget that it is primarily available in English. Updating this material and presenting it to students in Marathi is of prime importance. Other noteworthy activities conducted by the NGO throughout the year include nature trails and camps, and the annual Nisarg Mela, a workshop-based event. Last year, close to 1,200 students from about 40 schools participated in the Mela, thus attesting to its popularity. Most recently, the organization introduced a scholarship programme called Nisarg to encourage students to conduct research on environmental issues. Under this flagship scheme, five groups of deserving students who have completed the tenth grade (SSC) are given a sum of Rs. 10,000/-. The research proposals are evaluated by a panel of judges and thereafter, the chosen groups receive guidance from experts on the basic principles of research methodology. Projects are to be completed within six months. Paryavaran Dakshata Manch hopes such efforts engender a spirit of inquiry and problem-solving within the younger generation.


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Above: School students posing with a rakhi tied to “their tree” on the occasion of Rakshabandhan. By doing so, they promise to nurture the tree.


 

Paryavaran Dakshata Manch does not concentrate on school-going students alone. Last Diwali, it hosted two stalls, one each at National College (Bandra) and IBM Business Centre (Malad). The stall at IBM was a product stall where volunteers showcased friendly material like vermicompost, the “Magicbucket” specially designed by them to make vermicompost, paper bags, and artefacts made from wooden waste material by Pragati Prathisthan an NGO working in the Adivasi belt of Jawahar (Thane district). The stall at National College was geared towards raising awareness about environmental issues during the college’s Diwali Mela. In 2010, the NGO also conducted Nandanvan Sunder Gharghuti Baug, a competition of home gardens in Thane and Dombivli.


So how does this make Paryavaran Dakshata Manch different from the other NGOs working in the environmental education arena? For one thing, aside from a full-time small and dedicated staff, a large number of volunteers continue to find time to devote towards environmental issues. Professor Vidyadhar Walawalkar, one of the co-founders of Paryavaran Dakshata Manch,is particularly thankful for all the support the organization has received from various quarters, including its wonderful employees and staff, and the volunteers who help run its initiatives. Aside from donations from well-wishers, all its activities are funded through profits made by their common biomedical waste management consultancy located at Thane. Professor Walawalkar, who is also a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at Thane’s VPM Polytechnic, puts particular importance on the concept of “social entrepreneurship”. A social entrepreneur recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create and manage a venture to achieve social change. While a business entrepreneur typically measures performance in profit and return, a social entrepreneur focuses on creating social capital, particularly to further social and environmental goals. Typically, in such ventures, the management and employees are brought together by a common goal, and themselves become the shareholders at the organization. As a result, there is a greater stake at ensuring goals are met and that the organization continues to prosper.


If only we had more such organizations, we could change the face of India.

 

This article was contributed by Mahazareen Dastur. Based in Mumbai, she has been associated with environmental issues for over a decade now.

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This blogpost is dedicated to a different breed of communicators (i.e. aside from those who write) on environmental issues.  I refer mostly to imagery and the people who created it.

In my search for information for an article or report, I have come across some really nice examples, which have inspired me to think, and indeed, even feel privileged to be connected to all matters environmental. I hope these examples will also inspire you in equally vibrant (if not more) ways. So, here goes (I am not listing these examples in any particular order):

#1: This was a great example of why "throwing away" is such a misnomer. Ironically, this poster was part of an ad campaign run by Shell (no paragon of virtue in environmental matters). It shows smokestacks "spewing out" flowers instead of gases.

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Above: Don't Throw Anything Away; there is No Away
(Courtesy(?): Shell)

My first point though is the fact that "there is no away". My second point here is that, unfortunately, a lot of feel-good campaigns (like this one) can be enviro-propaganda-cum-greenwash. The small print in the poster says that Shell uses its "waste carbon dioxide to grow flowers" and "waste sulphur to make super-strong concrete," which was strongly contested by complainants Friends of the Earth. So always think about what you see and try to gauge its real message before jumping to conclusions.

#2: This is a photograph taken by Chris Jordan. The photographer traveled to Midway Island, near the site of the pivotal World War II naval battle, to document the death of baby albatrosses on the island's nature reserve (if it can happen in a nature reserve, are there any safe places left?!).

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Above:  The parent birds are attracted to the colorful plastic trash in the water from the Pacific Trash Gyre, and feed it to their babies, with disastrous consequences. Jordan has said that the images show the actual contents in the birds' stomach, and has not been "moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way".

Moral of the story: reduce your use of plastic and recycle it as far as possible!

#3. This entry is really a photographic essay by Kalyan Varma, an award-winning wildlife photographer and film-maker from Bangalore. He currently freelances with the BBC Natural History and National Geographic Channel (India), and also works with grassroots NGO's to highlight environmental issues in India. I became a fan as soon as I saw it! To put in his words, "In the race to make every inch of our land 'productive' we have scarred the landscape forever. We dig, mine, scrape, plant, bore and drill the land. This essays shows some of these landscapes from the air." And what's more, these images are all earmarked under the Creative Commons License!

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Above: Landscrapes by Kalyan Varma. In this image, we see pits readied for planting trees. Dry thorn-scrub habitats without too many trees are natural too. However, the government does not realize that open forests like these are critical wildlife habitats and not waste land, and usually plant non-native species with commercial value.
(Courtesy: kalyanvarma.net)

#4: This image highlights the issue of organic food shams. Ironically, a lot of organic food produced in India makes it way to markets abroad, which can pay better prices for it. While there is a very small market for organic food in the country, it is miles behind that in countries such as the EU. However, notwithstanding its widespread availability, they have to grapple with other problems.
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Above: Why in the world is this chicken painting its (uh) toe claws? In the UK, low cost retailers have been known to bank on the good reputation of organic food to try and attract customers to their stores, in which they market other lower quality produce. With an estimated market of GBP 600 million, is it any wonder?
(Courtesy: www.greens-efa.org)

#5. I will end this post with another "Indian" image, but I am sure it resonates with equal verve in other communities being deprived of their land and water. It is from a documentary called "Drowned Out". It charts the story of an Adivasi (indigenous) family whose home was due to be flooded by the rising waters of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, India.

The documentary follows the villagers of Jalsindhi (a village in Madhya Pradesh on the banks of the Narmada River about 10 miles upstream from the Sardar Sarovar project) and narrates their battle against the dam. The government provides them no viable alternatives: move to a slum in the city, accept the government's offer of unusable land a hundred miles away, or a small sum of money in compensation for their river-side land. The film documents hunger strikes, rallies, and a six-year long Supreme Court case, and finally follows the villagers as the dam fills and the river starts to rise.
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Above: An Indian family chooses to stay at home and drown rather than make way for the Narmada Dam. I found this image particularly moving.
(Courtesy: Worldchanging.com)
Please feel free to share any images with an environmental bent, which have inspired (or even revolted) you. After all, it's not just about what you say; it's also about how you say (or rather, show) it.
This blogpost originally appeared on http://mahazareendastur.blogspot.in/.
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Autobiography of a piece of paper!!

Hello, my name is Wood Paper. My family trees are throughout the world although, I belong to the area of Western Ghats along the Latitude: 13.217156 and Longitude: 75.000833. My ancestors were rooted to this place and it’s from here my journey started. I was handpicked as the luckiest one when I matured and was processed with water forming a mat like structure. After penance of few days and standing with my fellow fibres in the harsh stream of water, I interwove myself and came out as the thin sheet, which is ready to use.

I also have my cousin’s called Rag paper and Grass paper. Their origins are from different part of the world (nothing interesting for you) and I really adore them. My existence brought a great revolution to the world. I, along with my brother and sisters from all over the world, were used everywhere as time passed. I became the heartbeat, the mode by which human race learnt to develop and grow. 

Sometimes I feel proud of the fact that human intelligence could grow because they used me as a learning medium. I can be used to write every single thought and idea that comes to anyone’s mind. This idea at first is like a raw seed which is then sown and spread on my little inter-tangled fibered sheet and later takes a shape of technology and invention.

I am worshipped in some parts of the world like in the region, where I belong to, the land called India. It’s a very vast land with vast population of my lush green forests and even more vast number of human races. There is a notion of sacredness related to me because I am the one who provides them with what they call ‘skiksha’.  I am the son of goddess saraswati and i am bestowed with her immense blessings, to educate every single human on earth. And I thoroughly enjoy this role of mine to be honest.

I am also the best friend of all the lovers in the animal world. I have successfully followed my duty in transporting messages written on me so that two hearts can meet. I love it when the divine nib of the pen meets my skin and leaves the mark, which can be read by animal later on. The softness of a pen when rolled over my body and is filled with emotions makes me cheerful and content. Different ink colours on my white skin make humans happy.

I am usually white in colour but there is also a possibility that I can be transformed into many other different colours by adding some chemicals and dyes. They make me look attractive and I am able to flaunt my new colour clothes on the ramp. But sometimes too many of hazardous chemical dyes used tend to harm my soft fibres and effects are seen in my afterlife, this makes me week and sad.

With the new technologies and after the decades of research by the man, the new hi-tech machines were invented, which I could never understand. Printing on me is fast and so many things are possible within few seconds. But I do not anymore feel connected to the real emotions and it is becoming hard for me to understand them. Everything around me in the new century is so mechanical- the hard pointer, the sound of machine and the cartilage ink. This makes me feel not wanted anymore and moreover mostly not cared anymore.

I loathe the change in the attitude of everyone and wish to bring the same old feeling back. I can feel the real end in front of me. I am scared that soon I will be dead and no one will remember how useful I was for every small action such as making toys, packaging material, books, wrapping secrets within me etc. As the electronic world is growing I am forgotten. 

 

 

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World Environment Day and Paryavaran.com

Dear Members,

 

Let me share with you a little secret on this "World Environment Day". http://www.Paryavaran.com has arrived! With more than 2000+ top environment professionals from all over the world as our members, from 1000+ environment organizations, our network is one of the most vibrant association of environment thought leaders and dreamers who are destined to make this world a better place to live. 

 

http://www.Paryavaran.com  is about eco-systems. A web of relationship between individuals and organizations that  developed due to their common goal towards a sustainable society.


It is also about dreams. Dreams in the eyes of   young and not so young environment professionals, nature lovers  and organization who strive to find satisfaction in the service of mother earth. We cannot let that dream die soon.

 

I cannot do it alone. I need each and every one of you today to convince their organizations to join us as a Institutional Member and help support us to lead the "chakra" of change. They can join us today at http://www.paryavaran.com/page/paryavarancom-institutional .

 

I also took this occasion to inaugurate a "Environment Mentors Club" where our members can stop and share their story of their "Paryavaran Yatra"  . It is a place to inspire and get inspired. Check it out at http://www.paryavaran.com/group/paryavaranmentorsclub and join it today. Here is a bonus.

 

"Indian Environment Network" is proud to present to you Mamta Tomar, Asst. Managing Director of ELM TRADING & CONTRACTING COMPANY and M/S. JM ENVIRO TECHNOLOGIES PVT. LTD. (http://www.jmenviro.com ) who has partnered with us in the pioneering task of mentoring the future generation of professional environment ecopreneurs. She readily agreed to share her life story with our members, specially young girls and students joining the environment profession who would like to reach to the skies... Come let us hear her story and get inspired.... . Link :http://bit.ly/kVnx8Q 

 

 

Take some time out from your busy schedule to thank here for her painstaking effort to share with us her "life story" in the environment sector. Remember, you are next in line. If you want to share your story too, email me at ckdenv@envindia.com or just ping me through me profile page http://www.paryavaran.com/profile/envindia .

 

Again, wishing you a very happy "World Environment Day" .

 

Chandra Kishore

Founder

Indian Environment Network.

 


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Nearly four years of living in America, and not even a single cup of milk that is completely guiltless. Yes. From Arlington, TX, to Lexington, KY, it has been difficult for me to find compassion, purity, and love in milk. Petaluma, where I live, is a place of farms and fertile soil, cows and land - the original wealth of men. So, it was not a surprise when I found the best plain milk I had in the last four years of living in the US coming from Straus Family Creamery. Having noticed the creaminess, and extraordinarily good quality of the milk, I was inquisitive of the origin - the cows. Several questions: what do they eat, where do they live? Does Straus treat their cows with rBST hormones? How does Straus treat their cows? Turns out, Straus is doing some very good things, noticeably, their milk isn't homogenized. For more information, please look at their Organic Practices. Straus Milk is indeed very good compared to the otherwise demoniac mixture of chemicals that sells as 'milk' in the USA.

By the way, I am not paid by Straus to advertise on my blog; the point I am about to make will help you understand the reason for the links provided. Moving to California made a difference, I thought, until last week. After all, the state is famed as the Greenest in the USA - could it really get any better? Can the greenest state in this world be compassionate? So, I wrote to Straus and asked them about their cow protection efforts. Turns out that even one of the best milk-providers in the country is unable to justify protecting the life of their economic source - the cows. The "system" has been hardwired to force them to sell their cows once they stop producing enough milk. The 'system' want them to provide meat, to kill or facilitate killing, to obviate compassion, to waste resources, to create inequity. Why aren't they concerned about the safety of American citizens - wait, aren't animals accounted into nationality? Only humans matter, the ones who can pay money matter more, and the ones who can pay more money matter even more.. What a sad state of affairs in the so called 'developed' world! Most cows in the the US are not as lucky as the ones at Straus, but even those at Straus get sent off to be murdered, if at a slightly older age than others. In the words of my source: My additions italicized.

"They [the cows, of course] are sold to a local auction yard where they are purchased by a third party [party is a fun word, eh..] Though we don't know who buys them, the chances are that they are bought for beef by a small, local processing facility [this used to be called a slaughterhouse in the pre-euphemistic world]."

Touching back on the point of human milk, it has now become a chemical cocktail, thanks to meat eating, industrial agriculture, and of course, rampant use of artificial products and processes. An essential act, almost sacred in some cultures - breast-feeding a new born baby - is now dangerous and unsafe. How far have we come from nature, and from humanity? You thought that was the bad news, check this out: "Scientists develop genetically modified cow to produce human like milk". Wait, excuse me, what was that, again? So, we have already successfully messed up what used to be an innocent natural interaction - the milking of cows, and now we go on, beyond the manipulation of cows' milk into a toxic concoction of r-BST, GM soy-extracts, starches, and God knows what else, and onto genetically modifying the cow to produce human-like milk.  Is this what bachelors, masters and doctoral education goes into? Is this what millions of research and tax dollars are flowing into? As one reader rightly commented, " So, they're going to market this to mothers who care enough about their kid's health to want something better than formula [God forbid, its made in China, and may contain Lead or Melamine, or worse], but who won't care that it comes from a genetically modified cow? I maybe wrong, but that seems like a tiny margin of customers". Does anyone notice how far the line has been crossed? They have gone so far from the line, now the line is a point to the scientists - the point is profits.

H.H. Shugart notes of humans who breast fed their domestic animals in remote cultures - an extreme practice, but very exemplary of the kind of compassion a human being could show towards Nature, and fellow beings. The other extreme is Monsanto, If you are, like me, sick of this ignorance that sells as education as West, evident as apathy all over the world, please do something to stop the spread of this malignant disease called "scientific prowess licking the boots of corrupt, powerful corporates". If you really care about the things in your world, do something about them. Each one of us can do what we can best do. If you are an Indian citizen, please sign the following petition and forward it to your friends: Use your rights to stop the wrongs. If you are an American citizen, God bless you, and hoping that you will stand up to help Obama and the nation realize the meaning of "Yes, We Can."
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Dear friends...
Greetings from TERI University!

TERI and TERI University is organizing three weeks training programme on " Integrated approach towards sustainable development " from 07-07-2010 to 24-07-2010 in India. The courses will have blending of classroom lectures, field visits and study tours at different places in India. All expenses (logging and boarding) will be covered by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India for whole programme in India.

Please find attached TERI-ITEC brochure. For more information about the programme, please visit the link given below.

Web link: http://www.teriin.org/index.php?option=com_events&task=details&sid=306

I also request you to circulate this mail to your colleagues/friends who are interested in this programme. Kindly feel free to contact me (sureshj@teri.res.in) for any query and you can also contact Miss. Swati Ganeshan (swati.ganeshan@teri.res.in ) for any other details related to this course.

Thanks in advance to helping us for circulating this programme.

PS: Ignore the last date and apply as soon as possible through proper channel to fasten the process.

With Best regards

Suresh Jain, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor
Department of Natural Resources, TERI University,
10, Institutional Area, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110 070
Tel: 91-11-2612 2222/Extn 1215; Fax: 91-11-2612 2874
Mobile: +91-9971831975; Email: sureshjain_in@yahoo.com
Web site: www.teriuniversity.ac.in
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Dear All

Its about PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE COURSE on environmental planning and management, carried out by CEPT, Ahmedabad.

The module, I, personally feel carries a wide range of spectrum in environmental studies. Further this course is moduled also for professionals and will enhance their acumen in environmental field. Further, the certificate obtained from CEPT will have an added value in your CV. Just check the attachment for details

EPM Application Form.pdf

EPM Brochure.pdf

Warm Regards

Suman Banerjee

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Dear Members of Indian Environment Network,

I am talking about you and you! Not me of course!

Working diligently, silently ( OK, may be not silently!) in the quest for his/her "Green Mission" of saving this world from Environment disasters by doing what needs to be done as part of his/her daily duties, either part time or full time.

Even outside his/her normal "Call of Duty" s/he may be working as a community organizer, thought leader, or in extreme cases just doing it alone, his/her bit to seed ideas and innovations, new environmental technologies, working on old technology in a new way, working with people and wildlife with his/her own hands without any technology, that will change the course of the world ( or just his backyard!).

I am talking about unsung heros among members of Indian Environment Network ( Make them one if they are not yet a member!) who may have not realized until now how important his/her work is to our mother earth. How important it is to hear his/her story and try to replicate it among millions more....

From this earth day to next earth day, I seek your help in identifying such environment professionals from amongst us . Indian Environment Network will do a "Interview Series" with one such professional a week and share their story with the world. Beginning next year we will give out awards to those stories and individuals that moved us the most and inspired us to take "action" to save our mother earth and help strenghthen our resolve to stay put as a environment professional.

Let me know how you like the idea. Too many awards go to just a handful of "Non-profits" and "Known International" figures ( not amongst us!).

All those individuals and organizations who would like to sponsor and support this Yearly "GRASSROOT PARYAVARAN PROFESSIONAL AWARD" are more than welcome to join me in this quest. Let's share ideas to implement it.

Let's celebrate our profession and bring real change....that will be the contribution of "Indian Environment Network" (hhttp://www.paryavaran.com ) starting this "Earth Day".

Chandra Kishore

ckdenv@in.com

Founder

http://www.paryavaran.com

Indian Environment Network &

Network of Indian Environment Professionals

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EIA Notification 2006 has provided the generic structure of the EIA report. But after providing the structure in ministry notification is there a need to provide model EIA structure like model TOR for various projects.

After attending meeting one can feel that he should prepare and present his case in a manner acceptable to the person sitting on opposite chair and not as per the EIA structure

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CALL FOR RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS

CALL FOR RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS

Rainfed Livestock Network (RLN) is a national coalition of organizations and individualsattempting to build a macro-economic case for better targeted publicinvestments and policies in support of non-dairy, low-input and diverselivestock production systems in arid and semi-arid India. This objective of thenetwork derives from a number of localized understandings and experiences thatpoint to the crucial role played by these neglected livestock productionsystems in sustaining low-income households. Yet, such animal husbandry remains peripheral to mainstream livestockpolicies and government investments.

RLN is exploring the case that a reorientation in public policies and investments with a focus on these marginallivestock production systems can contribute substantially to the growth of the livestocksector, poverty reduction more generally and to ecological restoration.

RLN invites applications to undertake applied research in support of building the case for such a reorientationin livestock policy. Within this broad framework,studies may focus on issues such as mapping the spatial distribution of suchsystems across the country, profiling the contribution of these livestocksystems to the GDP and people dependent on them, analysis of production systemsand the natural resource base of such systems and demographic and spatial trendsover time.

Interested researchers should send resumes with 3 references, 2 sample publications and a brief expression ofinterest to Coordinator, RainfedLivestock Network (email: rainfedlivestocknetwork@gmail.com). RLNwill be looking for research support on an ongoing basis.

The Rainfed Livestock Network is funded by the Ford Foundation, New Delhi and is anchored by Foundation forEcological Security, Anand, Gujarat.


CALL FOR RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS

Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture Network (RRA-network) is a network of organizations andindividuals attempting to build a macro-economic case for improved targeting ofpublic investments and policies in support of rain-fed agriculture. The networkhas emerged based on the collective understanding that agricultural policiesdesigned for relatively secure and well-endowed parts of the country have beenindiscriminately extended into rainfed areas. Such an extension has contributed to a range of crises, including the depletionof groundwater and natural resources, escalating input costs, and a seculardecline in farmers’ incomes.

This network is pursuing a broad engagement with practitioners, researchers and government on issues confronting rain-fed areas. The networkhopes to use evidence from different parts of the country, in combination withmacro-economic and other research to build the case for a shift in agriculturalpolicy. The network believes that such a re-orientation in public policy will contributeto both regional economic growth and ecological restoration of rain-fedareas.

RRA-Netowrk invites applications from researchers to undertake a range of studies to further our understanding of the existingstructure and regional disparities in public investments (around subsidies,support prices, the structuring of the PDS, the availability of credit and soon), develop simulations to model macro-economic returns under a range of policy/investmentregimes in rainfed India and analysis of various policy options.

Interested researchers should send resumes with 3 references, 2 sample publications and a brief expression of interest to Coordinator, Revitalising RainfedAgriculture Network (email: rainfedfarming@gmail.com). RRA will be looking for research support onan ongoing basis..

The Revitalizing Rainfed Agriculture Network is funded by the Hivos-Ford Foundation Dryland Agriculture Fund and is anchored at WASSAN,Hyderabad.

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