RCE Srinagar

Photo Credit: RCE Srinagar
Rce details
Region:
ASIA-PACIFIC
Country:
India
Overview
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
September, 2011
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

RCE Srinagar is located in the northern most part of India. Srinagar is the largest city and the summer capital of the Indian-administered union territory of Jammu & Kashmir which is bordered by three countries - Pakistan, Afghanistan and China from west to east. It lies in the Kashmir Valley on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus River, and Dal and Anchar lakes. The city is known for its natural environment, gardens, waterfronts and houseboats. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts, apple orchards and dried fruits. 

The Jammu and Kashmir is facing some of the key environmental challenges related to environmental degradation and is an outcome of the unsustainable use of natural resources for economic growth and development. Other factors are poverty, population growth, inappropriate technology and consumption choices which is leading to unsustainable land use practices, poor soil and water management practices, deforestation, overgrazing, and pollution. Tourism is one of the main sources of income for the area, which also aggravates these environmental problems such as waste generation, traffic congestion, air and water pollution etc.

As per recent report, J&K has surpassed the world average in temperature rise against the global increase of 0.8 to 0.9. Temperature has recorded a 1.2 degree Celsius rise, which is affecting its crop production, occurrences of disasters, water resources and people.

Goals and Objectives:

RCE Srinagar aims to engage various formal and informal sector stakeholders in planning and facilitation of ESD programmes and initiatives towards protection and conservation of mountains.

Objectives:
  1. To enhance and strengthen stakeholder network through effective communication and knowledge sharing for ESD.
  2. To engage and build capacity of schools, colleges, community groups and partner institutions towards implementing ESD.
  3. To develop ESD strategies for building capacity of community to work towards ecosystem restoration and climate change adaptation.
Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

Centre for Environment Education, Himalaya Initiative (CEE Himalaya)


Students demonstrating correct handwashing steps (Photo credit: RCE Srinagar).

Key Partners:

Name of organisation: CEE Himalaya
Role:  RCE Srinagar Coordinator 
Contact name: Neeraj Kumar Pal
Contact email: neeraj.pal@ceeindia.org

Name of organisation: CEE Himalaya
Role: RCE Srinagar Youth coordinator
Contact name: Mr. Amar Khare 
Contact email: amarkhare7@gmail.com 

Activities
Current Activities:
  • Awareness Events and Campaign: Conducting online events and campaigns on key environmental days for schools and other institutions. 
  • Sustainability Education programme in Schools: Implementation of school programme including teachers training and student activities focusing on water conservation, biodiversity conservation and waste management.
  • Facilitation of RCEs Asia Pacific DRR Network: Communication and participation in ongoing discussion for strengthening DRR education in the RCE Asia Pacific network


School girls describing hazards and vulnerabiliites present in their school under project Mustaidi in Kashmir Valley (Photo credit: RCE Srinagar).

Upcoming Activities:
  • International Mountain Day event: Facilitation of mountain day programmes with RCE institutions.
  • Ecosystem Restoration Module: Capacity building module on Ecosystem Restoration for youth and young professionals on Mountain Ecosystem.
  • Online Programmes: Organising webinars on Climate Change resilience and sustainability education for schools, NGOs and institutions.
  • ESD Internships for Youth: Announcing ESD internship for youth coming from various higher education institutions.
Achievements:
  • RCE Recognition Award 2016, Outstanding Flagship Project, 'Climate smart and disaster resilient communities in the Indian Himalayan Region', awarded to RCE Srinagar for its contribution to community engagement
  • Case studies published in UNU-IAS Publication 2018 - 'Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-Being for All: Experiences of Community Health, Hygiene, Sanitation and Nutrition'. Editors: Unnikrishnan Payyappallimana & Zinaida Fadeeva
  • 'Herbs for Health: Communicating for Conservation, Cultivation and Sustainable Utilisation of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants' and 'Rural Sanitation and 'Open Defecation Free' Environment'
  • RCEs Asia Pacific DRR Network is formed and launched at Sejahtera Centre, RCE Tongyeong during their 9th ESD International Forum 12-13 December 2017


World Environment Day 2018 celebration with students of GHS Kothibagh Srinagar at SKICC - Srinagar, J&K (Photo credit: RCE Srinagar).

Communication Channels
Publications:
Facebook page:
Twitter handle:
YouTube page:
Other(s):
Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Mr. Neeraj Kumar Pal
neeraj.pal@ceeindia.org
Secondary RCE Contact:

RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
Mr. Amar Khare
General RCE email:
RCE mailing address for correspondence:

RCE Srinagar
11/80, Indira Nagar, Lucknow 226016