Ecology & Environment

NEWS believes that one ecosystem is one planet. Humans as well as every other organism are dependent on their environment. Every living and non-living components of an ecosystem from plants to microbes to man is linked together in a complicated web. Their interdependence results in their proliferation and even on their survival. Any change in their environment, even in distant parts of the planet affects living things and their environment elsewhere. Ecosystem along with its biotic and abiotic components is an integral part of this environment.

Environment has now become a concern worldwide. The 1960 publication ‘Silent Spring’ by Rachel Carson was the milestone of this social movement for the welfare of environment. An ever expanding population, warning level of pollution, massive land degradation, large scale deforestation and a number of other anthropogenic causes lead to an overall degradation of environment. A prime concern of NEWS is to conserve the environment we survive in.

Forest Ecology, Restoration & Conservation:

Human history is based on clearance of forest. About 200 square kilometer of forest is being lost every day in the present world (FAO 2006). Deforestation rates are highest in tropical developing countries which also includes India. Human induced land use change and degradation of forest is rapidly leading us towards a world devoid of forest covers. Destruction of forest means damaging the entire ecosystem and loss of all valuable natural resources, be it land, air, water or biodiversity. Ecological restoration is “the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed” (Society for Ecological Restoration Science and Policy Working Group, 2004).

In its longstanding efforts, NEWS has able to create a footprint in restoration and conservation of forest ecology. NEWS holds the hands of forest communities for a sustainable conservation practice.

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Mangrove restoration along the mud-embanments at Dolvi, Mumbai engaging community through sustainable development by JSW steel limited

JSW steel plant along with NEWS (as consultant) has initiated a mangrove restoration programme along the mud-embankments of Dolvi, Mumbai. As a part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR), thi...

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Project Duration: Started in 2016
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Afforestation and restoration of mangroves in Sundarban through community participation: a pilot phase

Sundarbans mangrove ecosystem in the state of West Bengal, India is part of World’s largest delta and fundamental to the existence of this part of the world. Increasing climate threats, erosion and ...

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Project Duration: Started in 2016
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AFFORESTATION, REFORESTATION and RESTORATION (ARR) of mangroves in the Sunderbans is the prime need of the hour. A livelihood is a unique investment fund whose objective is to restore carbon credit...

Funded By: Initiated with Danone Fund for Nature, Paris and later on taken up by LIVELIHOODS
Project Duration: 2010 – till date
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11. World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Monitoring of the work done against fund disbursed by WWF India to Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary.

NEWS with the funding of WWF, India, monitored the fund disbursed by WWF India to Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary....

Funded By: World Wildlife Fund, India
Project Duration: 1998 (1 Year)
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Concurrent Evaluation of National Afforestation Program (NAP)

Project title: Concurrent Evaluation of National Afforestation Program (NAP) Implemented by 20 Forest Development Agencies (FDA) under WBSFDA was carried out for the sanctioned programme during 2010-2...

Funded By: West Bengal State Forest Development Agency (WBSFDA)
Project Duration: 2015 (3 months)
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Funded By: Mangrove for the Future (MFF) through West Bengal Forest Department, GoWB
Project Duration: 2012 (1 Year)
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Alternative Sustainable Livelihood in the village of Dulki in Sunderban Tiger Reserve in order to reduce anthropogenic pressure on the Forest

Alternative livelihood generation for the villagers living below poverty level in the Sunderban Tiger Reserve in order to reduce biotic pressure on the forest. The Sunderbans is the largest deltaic...

Funded By: NEWS in collaboration with Project Tiger
Project Duration: 2005 (1 Year)
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Climate Change:

Climate change is the biggest crisis in the history of mankind across the globe and India is a hard hit. Increasing temperatures, erratic rainfall and changing seasons are leading to a number of dramatic and often dreadful consequences, like, loss of biodiversity, changing habitats, crop failure and food shortage, disease outbreak and other health stress, rising sea level and large scale inundation, increasing disasters and a lot more. Poor are the most vulnerable as they lack access to necessary knowledge and infrastructure to face the challenge. Mitigation options are minimal and we are beyond time. Adaptation is the only other way to fight the situation. NEWS functions for both mitigating and adapting to climate change starting from the advocacy to grassroots level.

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Building resilience of the coastal communities of Bhitarakanika, Odisha through increased livelihood security

The project area is along the coastal belts around mangrove ecosystem of Bhitarakanika National Park which is frequently exposed to storms and cyclones. Threats of saline inundation has added to the w...

Funded By: Mangroves for Future (Small grants facility)
Project Duration: 1 year
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Assessing the impacts of Climate Change in Sunderbans

"Climate change is the most severe problem that we are facing today – more serious even than the threat of terrorism" –Sir David King, UK Chief Science Advisor Nature Environment & Wildlife So...

Funded By: British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata
Project Duration: 2008 (1 year)
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Disaster Response:

Disasters have huge economic impacts on developing nations. Poor are most vulnerable from disaster risk. Unpreparedness and inability to access proper infrastructure and knowledge makes the situation worse for those living at the margin. Incidentally, climate change has made the disasters more frequent and more aggressive.

India being traditionally vulnerable to natural disasters has 60% of its landmass earthquake prone, 40 million hectares area flood prone, about 8% of total area cyclone prone and 68% of the area drought prone. Though the country is moving towards disaster preparedness yet most of the exposed populations are unaware and unprepared to face increasing disasters.

NEWS works towards increasing resilience to natural hazards through its various activities.

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Flood Impact Assessment

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Funded By: UNICEF
Project Duration: 2000 (1 Year)
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Water Conservation:

Freshwater scarcity is one of the biggest crisis world is facing today. One third of world’s population is living with water crunch. By 2025, 1800 million people across the globe will face acute water scarcity and India will be a water stressed country. Human race does not have enough time to think or discuss about saving this priceless natural resource, rather it is the time to act for conserving water everywhere each single way possible to keep alive themselves.

NEWS has been engaged in continuous awareness and research programmes for conservation of freshwater resources in both urban and rural areas of West Bengal.

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Survey of Sixteen Major Wetlands of West Bengal and their associated flora & fauna from an ecological perspective

Survey of Sixteen Major Wetlands of West Bengal and their associated flora & fauna from an ecological perspective...

Funded By: Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Govt. of India
Project Duration: 1991
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Collaborative Study of Eight Wetlands of West Bengal and transfer of technology for identification of Water fowls and monitoring of Hydrological parameters to forest personnel of the West Bengal Government

Collaborative Study of Eight Wetlands of West Bengal and transfer of technology for identification of Water fowls and monitoring of Hydrological parameters to forest personnel of the West Bengal Gover...

Funded By: International Development Agency
Project Duration: 1996
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Ecosystem Based Approach:

Ecosystem approach is an adaptive and complex management of dynamic natural systems. Services that the ecosystems provide - are vital to every sphere of existence and conservation. Central principle of the Convention of Biological Diversity is the ecosystem approach and it describes the same as, “a strategy for the integrated management of land, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way.”

NEWS believes that every strategy for sustainable development and climate resilience shall be with an ecosystem approach for conservation of natural resources. There is no such universal model for ecosystem approach as it depends regional factors and demands. Conservation principles of NEWS takes forward the ecosystem approach as an integral to all its acitivities.

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Ensuring alternative sustainable livelihood options and enhancing the income of fish farmers through scientific aqua culture in Sundarbans

In the current intiative mangrove Stewardship is intended to be promoted through scientific pisciculture and thereby increasing their income which ensures overall community development. The interventi...

Funded By: HERMĒS India Retail & Distributors Pvt Ltd
Project Duration: 2016-2017
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Develop a Community participative model for scientific Management of Municipal Solid waste in East Kolkata Wetlands

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Waste Management:

Generation of colossal amount of waste and the threats posed by it to environment and human health has become a global crisis. Population growth, urbanization and economic development increase waste generation, thereby, overstraining an already poor waste management system in most of the developing countries.

Improper waste management practices and insufficient waste management system/infrastructures are becoming a severe obstruction to achieving clean water, air, uncontaminated soil or safe food. A number of health issues are also emerging from waste contaminations. Waste management not only addresses prevention of pollution but also concerns about getting wealth out of waste. Reduce, reuse, recycle, recovery and disposal are the five parts of waste management.

NEWS has been engaged in urban waste management during its journey towards sustainability.

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