Centre for Environment and Social Concerns

Centre for Environment and Social Concerns (cesc) is a not-for-profit resource center initiated by a group of professionals from different disciplines. It recognizes the pressing need to seriously address the interdisciplinary concerns of diverse initiatives for placing development process on a sustainable trajectory.

The mission of the center is to provide such knowledge-based services to the wide range of stakeholders in the development sector such as local communities, government agencies, non-government organizations, and decision makers at different levels. It promotes studies and action research for responsible management of natural resources, to meet institutional and policy challenges for addressing gender and equity concerns as a crosscutting theme, for revitalizing the traditional/ indigenous knowledge systems and recasting developmental action as an environmentally sensitive enterprise that recognizes the livelihood-biodiversity linkages. It is mobilizing interdisciplinary contributions to the contemporary development dialogue from environmental sciences, ecology and social sciences. It also supports initiatives involving Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for enabling disadvantaged communities overcome the digital divide.

At present the professionals associated with cesc are engaged in activities such as:

  • Research on conservation of natural resources, integrity of ecological systems, protection of environment, preservation of biodiversity, and ecologically sustainable and equitable development

  • Studies, documentation and practical engagement with the institutional needs for understanding, sustaining, rejuvenating and enhancing of various traditional, folk and indigenous knowledge systems

  • Interventions and studies for the gender equity and women’s participation as equal partners in all spheres

  • Policy analysis, interventions and advocacy initiatives 

  • Use of ICT for development and empowerment of rural and less privileged communities

  • Addressing the livelihood and rights related concerns of peoples closely dependent on ecological resources or with close linkages to biodiversity

  • Providing relevant technology inputs and/or solutions to local initiatives

  • Working with grassroots initiatives to strengthen the institutional frameworks necessary for democratic self-governance that internalizes concerns of equity, gender and sustainable resource management

Members