• Centre for Environmental Management and Participatory Development (CEMPD)
  • CEMPD started its career in 2002 as an independent, non-profit, public interest organization focused on community-centric participatory environmental management.
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Centre for Environmental Management and Participatory Development (CEMPD)

Sustainable human communities can be achieved only through a people – centered development. A people – centered development seeks to retain control over resources to the people and their communities, to be used in meeting their own needs. This creates incentives for the responsible stewardship of resources that is essential to sustainability.

_____ Declaration adopted at the Inter-Regional Consultation on People’s Participation in Environmentally Sustainable Development, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines, 6-10 June 1989.

CEMPD started its career in 2002 as an independent, non-profit, public interest organization focused on community-centric participatory environmental management. It aspires to actively associate itself with the management of real-life local environmental issues and problems, and to contribute effectively to relevant contemporary researches in the fields of regional/local environmental management closely linked to social sector development and community-based people’s initiatives.

Aspects of local/regional environmental Management

Environment-related research in local socio-economic development

Development of Software tools for Geo-scientific work & research

Environment-related application of GIS and Remote Sensing Technology

Extensive involvement in environment-related Surveys with local people’s participation

Awareness generation among local stakeholders inculcating senses of ownership of the local environment including flora, fauna and biodiversity


  • Sponsored By: CESC Limited, Kolkata

    Objective: An Awareness Generation Program was carried out throughout the EKW area to make the local people aware of the importance of the area they live in. Trainings were held on horticulture, pisciculture, and floriculture practices so that people living there can diversify and improve their livelihood. A survey on sanitation was done and a few proper hygienic toilets were built with the help of KMC. Awareness generation program was conducted in the schools within the EKW area. Panchayat meetings and focus group discussions were also held, especially involving local women.

  • Sponsored by:  OPSIS System, Kolkata.

    Objective: To generate a comprehensive wetland inventory of the country on 1:50000 scale using latestIRS Satellite data, creation of digital database of wetlands as per NNRMS (National Natural Resources Management System) standards, and development of  a query shell for information retrival.


  • Sponsored by: European Commission

    Objective: Situation analysis of highland aquatic resources and associated bio diversity and ecosystem services in different region of Asia.

  • Objective: This project is in the process of preparing a detailed report on the life and living of the people inhabiting the East Kolkata Wetlands area on the basis of a household survey involving 26007 households carried out in 2006-07. A similar survey, but on a smaller scale, is about to be undertaken for an idea of the present scenario in the area, so that the said report acquires a contemporary relevance.

  • Sponsored by: ICSSR

    Objective: The objective is to develop a model which will best address the problem of economic assessment of the services generated by East Kolkata Wetlands. It will thus help to preserve the peri-urban wetlands and protect it from urban encroachment by augmenting the resource endowments of the stakeholders of East Kolkata Wetlands.