Centre for Environment and Development

Centre for Environment and Development

The Centre for Environment and Development at ATREE addresses critical issues at the interface of environment and development, particularly related to forests (SDG#15), water and sanitation (SDG#6), and climate change (SDG#13).

The Centre seeks to

a) Influence the forest policy discourse in South Asia through research and action that incorporates forest ecology, human wellbeing, the changing socio-economic contexts, the historically-situated and locally nuanced forest rights arrangements, and the trade-offs and synergies between local and global stakeholders.

b) Generate policy insights into various uses of water in domestic, agriculture, and industries, the underlying causes of inequity of access to water, sanitation, unsustainable extraction of groundwater, water pollution and the vulnerability of water resources and carry out capacity building to help identify social, technological and governance solutions to India’s water and sanitation problems across rural, urban, and peri-urban areas.

c) Carry out research on the links between developmental goals, local environmental goals, and the mitigation of GHG emissions, including the trade-offs and synergies between biodiversity, local livelihoods and renewable energy/carbon sequestration policies.



Convenor/Director/s Dr. Siddappa Setty R

Themes

Forests & Governance

The programme aims to understand and identify governance regimes, economic policies, cultural changes and biophysical measures that will lead to better forest governance.

Water, Land & Society

The programme generates knowledge that can explain the causes of inequity of access, unsustainability, pollution and the vulnerability of water resources, identify solutions and influence policy and practice.

Climate Change Mitigation and Development

The programme aims to understand how social, institutional and behavioural factors enable or impede sustainable, equitable and low-carbon development pathways.