About the Organizers

HDF-cDAR-Human Development Foundation –Centre for Development Action & Research (HDF-cDAR), a not for profit Trust has brought together a group of academicians, development thinkers and practitioners  to facilitate participatory development initiatives towards empowered community. It works as a Think Tank as well as undertakes various research, advocacy and action projects in the area of Health, Education, Livelihood and Governance which influence the human development indicators to a large extent. It strives to promote people’s institutions and platforms to ensure responsive governance system. Odisha Environment Congress (OEC) is one such platform which brings together researchers, scientific community and grass root workers to discuss, deliberated and find out solutions to various environment challenges. HDF-cDAR has been engaging itself with various Govt, Non Govt. & UN Agencies to bring about changes in favour of people’s centric policies & reducing implementation of gaps.

Centre for Environment and Development (CED) is an autonomous R&D institution and is the Centre of Excellence on Solid and Liquid Waste Management of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. CED has its headquarters at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala and has established its Eastern Regional Centre at Bhubaneswar. The major Program Areas of CED are (i) Natural Resource Management, (ii) Water, Environmental Sanitation and Health (iii) Coastal Systems Research), (iv) Climate Change and Energy Studies (v) Information and Knowledge Management and (vi) Policy Studies and Institutional Design. CED has completed a large number of R&D, Consultancy and Training projects sponsored by various national and international agencies. CED has a multi-disciplinary team of around 250 scientists and engineers. CED has been organizing the Kerala Environment Congress in Kerala since 2005 as part of its multifaceted Outreach programs.

Regional Centre for Development Cooperation (RCDC) is engaged in addressing environment and people-centred issues from natural resource management, sustainable livelihoods development, to climate justice – its thematic domains – in the state of Odisha. As a think tank RCDC is striving to address social problems; making critical difference to people’s lives in different poverty stricken tracts of Odisha and India, focusing on results and effectiveness. It is working in 1035 villages, spanning across 37 Blocks in 15 districts of Odisha and some pockets in central and south Indian states. The organisation has been able to generate significant and praise-worthy achievements in its thematic domains through synchronising efforts in terms of policy research, advocacy and campaigns, field based interventions, consulting and communications. RCDC has been partnering with OEC actively since 2014.

Regional Museum of Natural History (RMNH) Bhubaneswar, is an Eastern regional centre of the National Museum of Natural History, under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India, New Delhi. The goal of the museum is to impart non-formal environmental education to the public in general and the student community in particular in order to inculcate the awareness about the importance of flora, fauna and subsequent conservation of our natural resources.

An aesthetically designed building and landscape sets the tone for an informal and joyful learning experience about our natural heritage and the importance of its conservation. It offers an exciting opportunity for hands on and minds on activity to interact with the exhibits under recreated ‑­ environment to attain the knowledge about the harmony of plants and animals and their interrelationships in nature.

The museum attempts to showcase the vibrant biodiversity of Odisha, the Northeast and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands depicting their richness under one roof thereby making people aware of the natural heritage of the state and beyond. Extending the excellent facilities to the masses in order to make environmental education to the common man is the driving force behind the creation of the museum. It attempts to strike a chord with the common man and apprise him of the importance of the natural bio resources and their conservation.


HIG:196 (First Floor), Kanan Vihar, Phase-I
Patia, Bhubaneswar-751024, Odisha. India
E-mail: oec@hdf.org.in / odishaenvironmentcongress@gmail.com
Website: www.oec.org.in
Contact No : 0674-2741219


Important: Odisha Environment Congress (OEC) is one such platform which brings together researchers, scientific community and grass root workers to discuss, deliberated and find out solutions to various environment challenges.
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