Center for Environment and Development

The Centre for Environment and Development (CED), established on 29 June 1996, has helped YASHADA position environment and development as a strategic training intervention at the Academy. The Centre has been facilitating training, research and administrative interventions at the district, municipal and State level for the Government of Maharashtra and the Government of India.

The Centre has focused on environmental concerns with planning perspectives in rural, urban and infrastructure sectors for officials, non-officials, university academics and non-government organisations.


  • To develop training programmes and modules on environmental protection, nature conservation and development administration, with emphasis on the rural and urban sectors.
  • To train, on a continuous basis, successive groups of government officials, elected representatives, non-governmental organisations and university academics on issues concerning environment and development.
  • To develop research facilities, provide fellowships and resident scholarships to cadre officers and non-governmental organisations on issues concerning environment and development.
  • To provide a forum for interaction for organisations and individuals to discuss and develop action plans.

CED Training Programmes

The training programmes by CED undertook a splendid transition from classroom programmes to major field research based activities; stakeholder participation and enabling an understanding of the natural resources based development administration. During 1996-2008, the Centre has been able to complete more than 625 training programmes, seminars and workshops under the aegis of the Academy. More than 23,000 officer and non-officer participants have attended these programmes.

During 2007-2008, the Centre has taken up diverse programmes, including GIS based training programmes, and department specific programmes for MPCB and Water Supply and Sanitation Department that have been conducted successfully and repeatedly. Most programmes conducted by CED are sponsored and have been appreciated. The initiatives of capacity building and motivation was also extended through conduct of workshops for the states of Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Manipur and Himachal Pradesh.

Projects Undertaken

  • Maharashtra State Biodiversity Project
  • Environmental Status Report for Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation
  • GIS based Environmental Status Report for Jalna Municipal Council
  • GIS based mapping for Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation
  • GIS based mapping of the natural resources at villages Shivari, Purandar Taluka, Pune District and Kavathe Piran, Taluka and District Sangli.
  • Migratory Birds Flyways with special reference to MIHAN Project area
The Academy was honored for its support to the GoM's initiative of capacity building at village level through the Total Sanitation Campaign