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The Gujarat Ecology Commission wasestablished in 1992 by the Forest & Environment Department of the Government of Gujarat.

The main purpose of the Commission’s appointment was the Gujarat Government’s aim to set up an apex body in charge of implementing a comprehensive policy encompassing aspects of pollution control, environmental upgradation and improved ecological management.

 

Structure of the Commission

 

Shri Arvind Agrawal, IAS Shri Arvind Agrawal, IAS Shri S. K. Chaturvedi, IFS Shri S. K. Chaturvedi, IFS
Additional Chief Secretary Member Secretary
Forests & Environment
Department
Government of Gujarat
Gujarat Ecology Commission
Government of Gujarat
       

The Commission is headed by a Chairman and other Members of the Commission. The Member Secretary is the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission who is assisted by gazetted officers, deputed from Government of Gujarat, Subject Executive as well as Support Staff.

 

Organizational Profile : Role and Approach

The main strength of the Commission is its ability to draw on the existing institutional and professional resources of the State, and external agencies and institutions, based on situational needs and demands. It has worked with almost all the professionally renowned institutions of the State.

The Commission's main role is to design projects, execute them and supervise their implementation, monitoring and evaluation. It works in areas with scope for direct action in ecological and environmental protection.

GEC is appointed as the Nodal agency, for the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Project being implemented in Gujarat, Orissa and West Bengal with funding from the World Bank. As the State Project Management Unit (SPMU) it is assigned the privilege to plan and implement pilot approaches in the Gulf of Kachchh under the ICZM Project-Gujarat.

GEC isan agency which provides the requisite information and inputs to develop policy. It undertakes initiatives on its own, and in collaboration with other agencies, for the protection of endangered ecosystems, and restoration of ecologically degraded zones. This is done through trial and demonstrative projects, which establish benchmarks for future replication.

GEC's approach is to integrate environmental concerns with regular economic activity. It does this by incorporating biodiversity conservation with the livelihood prospects of the present and future generations of communities.

The Commission views sustainable development as a continuousand cumulative process, rather than an end product. Therefore, it adopts an action-centred network approach to environmental management and development wherein linkages are formed with the Government, scientists, experts from various disciplines, voluntary agencies, communication experts, and businesses and industries. This approach leads to problem-solving and building a consensus towards developing a common vision.