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:

Srinagar city: Hazratbal Shrine (left) is the identity of the city, University of Kashmir library building (right). In the foreground is the famous Dal Lake, the icon of Kashmir. The Lake is highly infested with weeds, eutrophication, water pollution and encroachment (Photo credit: RCE Srinagar).

RCE Srinagar has two universities as its members, University of Kashmir and Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology. Besides Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Directorate of School Education, Office of the Commissioner, Kashmir Division, Government of Jammu & Kashmir, ten local NGOs are members of the RCE.

RCE Srinagar has taken lead role in promoting DRR amongst the RCE community and has formed the Asia Pacific DRR Network. It is being promoted through the the RCE Network besides one-to-one and other ways of communication and platforms of communicating to RCEs. RCE Srinagar appeals and encourages RCEs in the Asia Pacific region to engage in DRR. 

Jammu & Kashmir is the northern most state of India bordering with Pakistan, Afghanistan and China from west to east. The area of the state is 222,236 sq km. The state ranks 6th in area and 17th in population in the country. It has 4 geographical zones – sub-mountain and semi mountain plain known as Kandi or dry belt; the Shivalik ranges; the mountain zone constituting the Kashmir valley and the fourth is middle run of the Indus river comprising Leh and Kargil. Climate wise it is divided into three zones; Arctic cold deserts of Ladakh, temperate Kashmir valley, and sub-tropical region of Jammu. Thus a large part of the state forms part of the Himalayan Mountains.

A major portion of the Kashmir valley falls in the western Himalayas, which besides many lofty mountain ranges with varying heights of 3,000 to 6,000 metres and above, also abounds rivers, lakes, passes, glaciers, plateaus and plains. The number of streams, brooks, hill torrents and rivers is also fairly large. The most important rivers are the Indus, Chenab, Jehlum and Ravi.

Srinagar district is situated in the centre of Kashmir Valley. District Srinagar has a population of around 900,000, spread over an area of 2,228 sq km. The population density is 401 per square km which is highest in the state. Srinagar, the district head quarter is the summer capital of Indian state Jammu & Kashmir. Srinagar town is settled around the famous Dal Lake. Like any other city Srinagar is also expanding laterally. The State falls under Zone 4 & 5 on seismic activity and natural disasters are very frequent causing serious damage to life and property.

The State attracts a large number of tourists, both domestic as well as foreigners. Tourism sector contributes significantly to the income of the State and at the same time opens serious environmental challenges like solid waste management, vehicular, noise and littering pollution. Tourism is concentrated only in a few places putting tremendous pressure on select spots. Many more areas are equally beautiful. Promoting tourism there will take pressure off from the busy tourist spots and distribute to other places. It will also help distribute income.

Being a frontier area of India, Pakistan and China, from all the sides, the fragile environment is put under the control of army putting tremendous pressure on the glaciers, forests, wild animals, biodiversity and other natural resources. J&K has been a conflict area since past more than 20 years. It has a heavy presence of armed forces, more so in the environmentally fragile locations. Movement of army causes heavy pollution. Similarly storage and use of arms and ammunition in fragile environment poses serious threat.

Kashmir is endowed with glaciers and the water flows down to downstream in India and Pakistan making this area very important. There are pastoral communities who graze goats and sheep practicing transhumance adding to the pressure on local natural resources.

RCE Board Meeting in progress (Photo credit: RCE Srinagar)

Goals and Objectives:
  • Motivation of social action groups that understand the local environmental issues and play active role for eco-friendly development of the area through participation in planning and monitoring
  • Education for sustainable development (ESD) is integrated in the curriculum and teachers are oriented for an effective and participatory delivery
  • Students are involved in action projects both at school and higher education levels and the attitude towards environmental consciousness inculcated
  • Research that targets on sustainable alternatives to improve local economy reaches to the common man
  • Locally suitable technologies to address to the challenges of pollution, waste management, sustainable tourism and livelihoods
  • Local capacities are built to respond to climate change impact and natural disasters 
Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

CEE Himalaya, Centre for Environment Education 

Key Partners:

Name of organisation: KOSHISH-the effort
Role: Patronising, advising and guiding RCE activities
Contact name: Dr. Mohiuddin Rouf
Contact email: koshish.ngo@gmail.com

Name of organisation: J&K Directorate of School Education, Kashmir
Role: Advising, guiding RCE activities, taking ESD to schools, the students and teachers
Contact name: Director, School Education
Contact email: dsek-jk@gov.in

Activities
Current Activities:
  • Celebrating various UN Environment Days
  • Making Education Relevant for the Tribal Children Living in Transhumance, the Gujjars and Bakarwals of Jammu & Kashmir through the (a) development of appropriate curriculum and syllabus for Gujjar and Bakarwal communities; (b) developing recommendation on education system for transhumance society in general; and (c) documentation of Good Practices and Indigenous Knowledge of the Gujjars and Bakarwals.
  • Promoting environmental sustainability, climate change and disaster resilience to increase safety cover and total well-being of the communities; mainstreaming DRR into education and Gram Panchayat governance, the school development plan and the Gram Panchayat Development Plan, schools preparing their school disaster management plan and the villages preparing their village contingency plan

Children at a rally (Photo credit: RCE Srinagar)

Upcoming Activities:
  • Celebrating various UN Environment Days
  • Strengthening the RCEs Asia Pacific DRR Network formed and launched at Sejahtera Centre, RCE Tongyeong during their 9th ESD International Forum 12-13 December 2017. Through advocacy, more and more RCEs will be encouraged to engage themselves in DRR Preparedness
  • Helping in inviting RCEs to contribute quality write ups for a proposed UNU-IAS publication on DRR
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
  • 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’ by Senjooti Roy, Riyaz Ahmed Mir, Rashmi Gangwar & Abdhesh Kumar Gangwar. Pages 62-71
    • ‘Rural Sanitation and ‘Open Defecation Free’ Environment’ by Riyaz Ahmed Mir, Rashmi Gangwar & Abdhesh Kumar Gangwar. Pages 104-111
  • RCEs Asia Pacific DRR Network is formed and launched at Sejahtera Centre, RCE Tongyeong during their 9th ESD International Forum 12-13 December 2017
  • On behalf of the RCEs APR DRR Network, proposed case studies publication on DRR to UNU-IAS
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Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Dr. Abdhesh Kumar Gangwar
abdhesh.gangwar@gmail.com
Secondary RCE Contact:
Dr. Mohiuddin Rouf
koshish.ngo@gmail.com
RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
Mr. Riyaz Ahmed Mir
General RCE email:
RCE mailing address for correspondence:

Mr. Mubashir Sultan Zargar
RCE Srinagar
House No. 037, Stadium Colony-A, Near Ahmad's Filling Station, At & Post Office- Baramulla, Jammu & Kashmir, India 193101