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.