IN THE NEWS

    SWAR won Global Innovation Champion Award for Water and Forestry at Paris International Agriculture and International Innovation Prize of half million USD from “Securing Water for Food” International Innovation Prize from USAID/SIDA and listed in Niti Aayog 2017 Best Practices in Water Management.

    Knowledge, Out of the Box Thinking, Next Practices and Strengths-based Synergy are the Drivers of CEC to deliver its mandate.

    Our work, over last four decades, is

    • Environment Awareness, Research, and Action on Ecological “Hot Spots”

    • Food Security, Grain Management, Dry Land Farming, and Fallow Lands Safety Nets and Public Employment and Work Tools for Women

    • River Basin Management through dialogue

    • Participatory Pest and Forestry Management

    Our current focus is to transform irrigation and soil health care.

    Transform irrigation to CEC innovation of “System of Water for Agriculture Rejuvenation (SWAR), a first of its kind measured moisture at root zone and microbes for the soils.


    SWAR technology innovation is co-created with farmers, scientists based on defining “Ideal Irrigation Architecture Suiting Water Scarce Areas


    At field trial stage SWAR got Global Innovation Champion Award for Water and Forestry at the Paris International Agriculture and International Innovation Prize of half million USD from “Securing Water for Food” International Innovation Prize from USAID/SIDA


    Dr Ariz Ahamed, IAS and Managing Director, National Horticulture Board, inspecting SWAR installations on sweet and acid lime fruit plantations in Prakasam district


    Tribal women installing SWAR at her homestead in Mahaboobnagar District

    About Us

    Centre for Environment Concerns (CEC) is established in 1984 by a group of academics and activists to pioneer work on the environment in school education, capacity building and train activists, studies on ecological hotspots and advocacy on environment-development issues and with solutions. It has diverse skills in fieldwork, research, extension, technology, advocacy etc. CEC addresses gaps in constructive work and avails opportunities vide innovations and ideas in the areas of process, products, and practices on environment-development interventions. CEC depends on volunteers, professional, experts, and rural communities to address societal goals in its institutional mandate. 

    In the last decade, CEC focus was social protection and natural resources management, wherein it made a significant contribution to the thinking and implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Mr K.S. Gopal served as Member of Central Employment Guarantee Council and Chair on the Committee of Works for Small Farmers in MGNREGS. 

    CEC with farmers co-created and field validated the irrigation innovation of System of Water for Agriculture Rejuvenation (SWAR), a first of its kind measured moisture at plant root zone that uses half the water compared to drip and supplemented with a rich ecosystem of soil microbes. SWAR is witnessing healthy plant growth even in peak summer and is the only system to ration water further to save fruit trees of farmers. Moisture at root zone and microbes in the soil is our technology offer to grow horticulture and forestry crops in drought-prone areas facing a severe water shortage. 

    The head of CEC, Mr K. S. Gopal worked in rural areas for over three decades, written several books and taught management at the administrative staff College of India. In 2009-11 he was the “Scholar in Residence” at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and mandated to bring field practice into theory.