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The Centre for Environment Concerns (CEC) is a registered non-government organization founded in 1984 by a group of activists and academics. Its work in the first decade focused on environment – education, schools and college curricula development, capacity building of activists in analysis of environmental issues and management, first state of the environment report for Andhra Pradesh, while engaged in documentation, research and monitoring of environment hot spots, current and emerging leading to advocacy and mobilization.

As environment issues gained mainstream attention, new challenges and opportunities unfolded in our focus area – dry lands. In 1993, CEC governing body and management was revamped. CEC committed to taking up next practices and to influence and lead its direction while improving the project outcomes and development ideas - our pathway to succeed with the mandate of sustainable development, poverty alleviation, livelihood promotion and environment management.

Our action priorities – innovations, influencing ideas and incubating next practices - set in a constructive work frame that responds to gaps in triggering societal aspirations and community expectations. We are a lean, have diverse competence and emphasize on promoting the ideas and interest areas of the staff, volunteers and partnerships. This is central to our successful advocacy initiatives while strengthening our collective resolve and attendant adrenalin to seek, participate, shape and witness change in alleviating poverty and distress and to promote sustainable development, justice and environment management in the current turbulent and complex times.

Partnership is a key instrument in our work, but to name a few - on technical aspects have collaborations with Indian Institute of Technology, Indian Council of Agriculture Research, Satyam Technologies, University of Western Ontario, Syngenta Sustainable Agriculture Research. On projects with the Government of India and Andhra Pradesh, UNDP and our donors include WWF International, UNMC, Canada India Villages Association, the Canadian High Commission in India, Oxfam India Trust, Action Aid, Coordination Sud (France), state and central ministries of Rural and Tribal Development in India, Natural Resources Institute (UK) and ICCO, The Netherlands.

Herein we share our journey and are keen to synergize with the experience and expertise of our website viewer friends. Welcome to (site) once again.

To give a brief summary over the last fifteen years,

1993 - 2000
1. Joint Forest Management and serving as elected state resource and networking centre
2. Research, public hearings and negotiations on World Bank assisted AP state agenda for economic reforms.
3. Integrated Pest Management Initiative on Cotton – A multi-stakeholder initiative with industry, research bodies, farmers with CEC as the facilitator
4. Management and development of fallow lands
5. Environment chemical industries centered hotspot mitigation

2000 - 2005
1. Development of Dry lands – 2000 poor women organized as collective for income generation, agriculture, accessing food and micro-finance.
2. Farmers Relief Committee – citizen’s initiative for humanitarian assistance and advocacy following farmer suicides and recurring drought
3. Sharing water and River Basin Management
4. Negotiating or promoting inclusive markets
5. Grain Banks
6. Rice Credit Line

2005 - 2009
1. Food for Work and Rights Based Employment and serving as state secretariat
2. Food Assurance
3. Solar based technology development in tribal areas.
4. Pest Management in Forestry
5. Unbundling NREGS for providing next practices
6. Social audit and governance accountability
7. Climate Change and the future of Agriculture
8. Delivering on Millennium Development Goals