ENVIS Centre on Environmental Education and Sustainable Development

Hosted by Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Ahmedabad, India

Sponsored by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India


About CEE : History
Centre for Environment Education (CEE) was established in August 1984 as a Centre of Excellence supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. CEE, a national institution with its headquarters in Ahmedabad, has a mandate to promote environmental awareness nationwide. CEE is affiliated to the Nehru Foundation for Development and inherits the rich multi- disciplinary resource base and varied experience of Nehru Foundation for Development. CEE is committed to ensuring that due recognition is given to the role of EE in the promotion of sustainable development. CEE develops innovative programmes and educational material, and builds capacity in the field of education and communication for sustainable development. It undertakes demonstration projects in education, communication and development that endorse attitudes, strategies and technologies that are environmentally sustainable.

CEE link: http://www.ceeindia.org/cee/history.html
About CEE : Mandate
To be an institution of excellence that, in partnership with others, plays a significant role in local, national and global efforts towards sustainable development through innovations, and being at the cutting edge of Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development.

To achieve the vision CEE’s mission is to enhance understanding of sustainable development in formal, non-formal and informal education through its work with schools, higher educational institutions, policy makers and reaching out to youth and the general community. It is to integrate education as a key driver for change in demonstrating and advancing sustainable practices in rural and urban communities, and in business and the public sector, and in meeting challenges of global issues such as climate change and biodiversity conservation. CEE also promotes individual and collective positive Handprint actions that are environmentally sound, economically viable and socially beneficial.
About CEE : Strategies
Centre for Environment Education is a national institution engaged in strengthening environmental education and training initiatives by developing pioneering programs that promote environmentally ethical behaviour. Since its inception, the Centre’s activities and programmes have been rooted in, and guided by, certain strategies for maximization of quality, effectiveness and impact.
  • Maximize the scope of EE with state-of-the-art thinking, developments, innovations and perspectives in the areas of Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Focus on capacity-building activities in programs and projects
  • Develop programmes that are adaptable to different geographic, cultural, social and economic contexts
  • Partnering with a view to utilizing the complementary strengths of other organizations, so as to avoid duplication of effort, and to network effectively towards the synergistic convergence of ideas and goals
  • Develop programmes and materials to build on the existing strategic opportunities and facilities for EE
  • Encouraging and supporting other agencies in the field of EE and ESD to develop similar materials and programmes based on their specific needs and situations.
  • Build synergies between the Government, NGOs and CEE for comprehensive impact.
  • Identify the key entry points for different thrust areas, and key targets for initiating and consolidating gains, to achieve a multiplier effect.
  • Facilitate information networks at local, national and regional levels, through a number of tools such as dialogues, directories, newsletters, etc.
  • Conduct workshops/ seminars to facilitate dialogue between various stakeholders, including the government and the society, on the environmental implications of growth and development