Capacity Building: identified as "activities which strengthen the knowledge, abilities, skills and behaviour of individuals and improve institutional structures and processes such that the organization can efficiently meet its mission and goals in a sustainable way." It is, however, important to put into consideration the principles that govern community capacity building.
Capacity building is a thrust area in the EMPRI. The institute conducts need-based training programmes on various environment related issues for different departments, elected representatives, Stree Shakti groups, and public viz. Environmental Conservation and Management, Bio-Medical Waste Management, Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ), Municipal Solid Waste Management, Hazardous Waste Management, Rain Water Harvesting, E-waste Management, Sustainable Environmental Management and Urban Governance and Administration such other issues of current relevance. Training packages of high standards have been developed for building capacities in administration, industry and civil society.
EMPRI has developed linkages with several agencies, industries and NGOs working in related fields and intends to extend the collaboration process with eminent and reputed agencies.
- Training on Plastic Ban: Plastics are non-biodegradable. Because of this, plastics remain in the environment for very long period causing damage to the environment. Recycling of plastics is very cost intensive and hence reducing the use of plastics is highly essential for managing solid waste. Plastic does not decompose/biodegrade easily and hence remains as garbage for a long time polluting the land. Plastic when burnt releases cancerous furans and dioxins which are harmful for the environment and pollutes the air we breathe. During rainy season the plastic flows along with other solid waste into the drains and chokes the drains. It also flows into waterbodies such as rivers, lakes and oceans causing pollution. Burnt plastic ash pollutes the ground water as well. Animals like cows, dogs, pigs, birds etc., feeding on garbage also eat plastics. Plastic gets inside the alimentary canal of these animals creating problems like choking, internal injuries etc., leading to their death in extreme cases. When plastic-laden trash is burnt, it releases harmful furans and dioxins which are bad for health. The discharge of plastic into rivers, lakes and oceans pollutes water thereby affecting the aquatic flora and fauna. The plastic containers in the solid waste act as breeding ground for mosquito as they accumulate water resulting in the spread of diseases. Due to the harmful effects of plastic, the Government of Karnataka has taken a proactive step to ban the use of Plastics in the State and make Karnataka a Plastic free State. Karnataka State passed the state wide plastic ban order on March 11, 2016: (Plastic Ban Notification) under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act 1986 vide. Gazette Notification No. FEE 17 EPC 2012, Bangalore dated 11.03.2016. It was published in the Karnataka Gazette on the same date. Further awareness is being created among the implementing officers of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP), Urban Local Bodies(ULB's), Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), Commercial Tax Department, Legal Metrology Department through training programmes, videoconferencing etc,. trainings for officers of revenue and food and civil supplies departments will be taken up shortly.
Details of Training Programmes on Plastic Ban
Date of The Training/
|Details of Trainings/Workshops|
|No of Participants||Venue|
|1.||23.04.2016||Inception Workshop on Plastic Ban||NGO's, KSPCB & EMPRI Officers||10|
|2.||03.05.2016||Training Programme on Plastic Ban||BBMP Officers & Staff (South, West & East)||134||IPP, Malleshwaram.|
|3.||20.05.2016||Training Programme on Plastic Ban||BBMP Officers & Staff (RR Nagar Zone)||29||EMPRI|
|4.||20.05.2016||Training Programme on Plastic Ban||BBMP Officers & Staff (Bommanahalli Zone)||28||EMPRI|
|5.||22.05.2016||ToT on SWM & Plastic Ban||Interested citizens from 08 zones of BBMP||285||IPP, Malleshwaram.|
|6.||24.05.2016||Training Programme on Plastic Ban||Officers of ULB's & City Corporations||33||EMPRI|
|7.||24.05.2016||Training Programme on Plastic Ban||Officers of ULB's & City Corporations||20||EMPRI|
|8.||24.06.2016||Training Programme on Plastic Ban||BBMP Officers & Staff (Mahadevapura Zone)||19||IPP, BBMP, Malleshwaram.|
|9.||24.06.2016||Training Programme on Plastic Ban|
BBMP Officers & Staff (Dasarahalli Zone)
|20||IPP, BBMP, Malleshwaram.|
|10.||25.06.2016||Training Programme on Plastic Ban||Officers of RDPR||150||SATCOM, Jakkur, B'lore.|
|11.||14.07.2016||Training Programme on Plastic Ban||Officers of DMA||150||KSWAN, Vikasasoudha, B'lore.|
|12.||28.07.2016||Training Programme on Plastic Ban||Officers of Commercial Tax||300||KSWAN, Vikasasoudha, B'lore.|
|13.||01.08.2016||Training Programme on Plastic Ban||Officers of Legal Metrology and KSPCB||72||KSWAN, Vikasasoudha, B'lore.|
|Total Number of Participants||||||||1250|| |
2. Climate Change: Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change has also established a state unit of climate change in EMPRI under the Capacity Building for Climate Change (CBCC) programme. The purpose of the capacity building at the state level is to strengthen the capacity at State level to address climate issues and to integrate climate change and development imperative in policy, plans and programmes in various sectors. and other stake holders at state level for implementation, updation and monitoring of State Action Plan on Climate Change.
- Climate Change quiz for Students in Dooradarshan: In order to sensitize the school children about the climate change issues, EMPRI has organized quiz contest on TV (Doordarshan Chandana) channel in a programme titled, "Thatt Antha Heli". The programme was hosted during the month of September, 2016. EMPRI has planned to organize such more awareness programme in other social media in next financial year.
- IFS Training Workshop sponsored by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Water Resources Management in the context of Climate Change: The two day training cum workshop on "Water Resources Management in the context of Climate Change" sponsored by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change was organized by Environmental Management & Policy Research Institute (EMPRI), Bangalore during 2nd to 3rd June 2016, at Mangalore. 17 officers have attended the training. It was a residential programme arranged in Phalguni River Lodge (Pilikula Nisarga Dhama), Mangalore, one of the beautiful jungle lodges and resorts, managed by the Tourism department, Govt of Karnataka. The programme was organized in the conference room of the Phalguni River Lodge.
3. Training Programme on “Water Safety Plan”: EMPRI is providing services on capacity building programmes to both Government and Non-Government organizations on environment management issues by conducting training/awareness programmes. Besides, this the institute is carrying out survey, research and documentation of natural resources.
The EMPRI, Bangalore has successfully completed the pilot study on “Water Safety Plan for Bangalore” in association with BWSSB in broad adherence to the concepts developed by World Health Organization (WHO) for the identified study area i.e., Halasuru (ward 90) and Bharathinagar (ward91).
In view of the above as follow up of the study the EMPRI has conducted 10 training programmes for the BWSSB officers and staff.
Date of The Training/
|Details of Trainings/Workshops|
|No of Participants||Venue|
|1.||19.09.2016||Training Programme on "Water Safety Plan"||Officers and Staff of BWSSB||32||BWSSB, Cauvery Bhavan, B'lore|
|2.||20.09.2016||Training Programme on "Water Safety Plan"||Officers and Staff of BWSSB||35||BWSSB, Cauvery Bhavan, B'lore|
|3.||21.09.2016||Training Programme on "Water Safety Plan"||Officers and Staff of BWSSB||29||BWSSB, Cauvery Bhavan, B'lore|
|4.||22.09.2016||Training Programme on "Water Safety Plan"||Officers and Staff of BWSSB||37||BWSSB, Cauvery Bhavan, B'lore|
|5.||23.09.2016||Training Programme on "Water Safety Plan"||Officers and Staff of BWSSB||39||BWSSB, Cauvery Bhavan, B'lore|
|6.||24.09.2016||Training Programme on "Water Safety Plan"||Officers and Staff of BWSSB||32||BWSSB, Cauvery Bhavan, B'lore|
|7.||26.09.2016||Training Programme on "Water Safety Plan"||Officers and Staff of BWSSB||32||BWSSB, Cauvery Bhavan, B'lore|
|8.||27.09.2016||Training Programme on "Water Safety Plan"||Officers and Staff of BWSSB||35||BWSSB, Cauvery Bhavan, B'lore|
|9.||28.09.2016||Training Programme on "Water Safety Plan"||Officers and Staff of BWSSB||35||BWSSB, Cauvery Bhavan, B'lore|
|10.||29.09.2016||Training Programme on "Water Safety Plan"||Officers and Staff of BWSSB||40||BWSSB, Cauvery Bhavan, B'lore|
|Total Number of Participants||||||||346|| |