The Center for Environment Education (EEC) in India was established in August 1984 as a Center of Excellence by the Ministry of Environment and Forests . The organization works towards developing programs and materials to increase awareness of the environment and sustainable development. The head office is located in Ahmedabad . [1] [2] The Center 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 .


The Center for Environment Education was created in recognition of the importance of environmental education in India’s overall environment and development strategy. The EEC was established as a Center of Excellence in 1984, supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India. Mr. Kartikeya Sarabhai is the Director of CEE.

The United Nations has had a rich multi-disciplinary resource base and varied experience of the Nehru Foundation for Development , its parent organization, 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 the only organization in the country. While carrying out programs in the country, it was located only at Ahmedabad. Within five years of activities, it has been realized for a wide range of countries in India. 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 on 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 decade, these projects formed a major chunk of Center’s activities.

Today, CEE works for a wide range of sectors , target groups and geographical areas. EEC Sees a major opportunity in the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD-2005-14) to further Top contribuer Towards sustainable development . UNECE is the nodal agency for implementation of DESD activities in India under the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India .

ECE Programs in the Decade of Training and Capacity Building , Internships and Youth Programs, Consultancy Services, Knowledge Center for ESD, and Journal on Education for Sustainable Development .


EEC’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, EEC develops innovative programs and educational materials, 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. UNECE is committed to ensuring that recognition is given to the role of education in the promotion of sustainable development. [3]

Thrust areas

CEE’s work is organized around thrust areas [4] As an organizing principle .

  1. Education for Children
  2. EE in Higher Education
  3. Examination systems for EE
  4. Education for Youth
  5. Communicating Environment through the Media
  6. Experiencing Nature
  7. EE through interpretation
  8. Knowledge Management for Sustainable Development
  9. Industry Initiatives
  10. Sustainable Rural Development
  11. Water and Sanitation
  12. Sustainable Urban Development
  13. Waste Management
  14. EE for Fragile Areas
  15. Biodiversity Conservation
  16. Ecotourism
  17. Disaster Preparedness and Rehabilitation
  18. Training , Networking and Capacity Building
  19. Facilitating NGO and Community Initiatives
  20. Initiatives for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
  21. Research in EE

International presence

The expanding scope and geographical coverage of the Center’s projects and programs for the development of an emerging institutional profile in South Asia and Asia Pacific region.

EEC 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.

EEC Sri Lanka

Registered in September 2004, UNECE Sri Lanka has a mandate to promote environmental education and communication in Sri Lanka, strengthen EE programs and respond to local / regional needs. It will facilitate synergies and collaborations based on learning and experiences in India and Sri Lanka .

CEE Bangladesh

BCEE, a partnership with the Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies.


  1. Jump up^ „Center for Environment Education (CEE)“ . . Archived from the original on 2007-12-17 . Retrieved 2007-11-21 .
  2. Jump up^ „History of CEE“ . Archived from the original on 2007-07-07 . Retrieved 2007-11-21 .
  3. Jump up^ „CEE Mandate“ . Retrieved 2008-09-03 .
  4. Jump up^ „EEC Thrust Areas“ . Retrieved 2008-09-01 .