Community Environmental Resource Centre (CERC)
ATREE in its effort to address the threats being faced by Vembanad has initiated a Community Environmental Resource Centre (CERC) at Alappuzha, Kerala to involve local communities and institutions for wetland conservation and governance. The core principles of this virtual platform are to promote dialogical process, create discussion forums and to develop stakeholder participation for environmental conservation. It acts as a catalyst to bridge the gap between theory (conventional and scientific) and practice. It is envisaged to play a vital role in seeking scientific and democratic solutions for pertinent issues and to fill the gap between needs and resources. CERC facilitate a two way learning process involving conservation practitioners and local communities. Conservation efforts can learn from the community and community can benefit from the conservation. Policy gaps in practical applications can be identified to give feed back to the policy makers and administrators. CERC creates convergent platforms for action plans, involving all stakeholders. It is coordinating all activities under the Vembanad Wetland Conservation Program and function as one of the Field Academies of ATREE.