School of Environmental Sciences

Mahatma Gandhi University-Kottayam

EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

The School has launched a major extension programme known as ‘Rain water for Humanity’ in collaboration with Brown University (USA) and local panchayath, self help groups (www.raiwaterforhumanity.org ). Through this extension programme, the School envisages to adopt small villages with an objective of providing basic amenities like drinking water and sanitation. As a part of this programme the School has installed a community rainwater harvesting structure with a capacity of 1.1 lakh liters at Achinakom Panchayath in Kuttanadu region during December 2009. It is functioning well.

A training programme on water quality assessment was given to 40 HSS teachers from four districts of Kerala in collaboration with Suchitwa mission, Local Self Governance Department, Government of Kerala.

The school extended help to the District Disaster Management Authority in their disaster management activities.

Rainwater for Humanity

Rainwater for Humanity is a start-up community project in the Kuttanad region initiated by Mahatma Gandhi University School of Environmental Sciences in India and Brown University students and graduates in US. Rainwater for Humanity uses rainwater harvesting as an entry point to improve community health and empower women in the Kuttanad region of Kerala, India. Our vision is a low-cost rainwater harvesting system that will be affordable and functional in a low-lying wetland region like Kuttanad. We have started in the Achinakom area of Vechoor Grama Panchayath in Vaikom Taluk of Kottayam district of Kerala possibly to establish a sustainable development model viz., the Achinakom Model. By designing a low cost rainwater harvesting system with financing options and involving women throughout, we will extend our operations to other villages in the future. Our local partners include Residents of Achinakom area in Vechoor Grama Panchayat, Vechoor Grama Panchayath - the Local Self Government body and the Aiswarya Screw Pine Development Society which is part of a 8,000-member-strong women’s apex society, Kottayam Jilla Mahila Thazhapaya Vikasana Federal Samithi (KJMTVFS). The project leaders include academia and experts from Mahatma Gandhi University, M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), KJMTVFS and Brown University.learn more at http://www.rainwaterforhumanity.org

Environmental Education Programmes:

The School is the nodal centre for environmental education programmes of C. P. Ramasamy Environmental Education Centre (CPREEC), Chennai under the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India.




Thoughts of the Page

"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. "

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

World Meteorological Day- March 23