Name of organisation
Empowered through sales of Traditional Palm Leaf Handicraft products
Number of staff
Number of visitors per year
Overall aims of the centre
To Promote and Conserve the second largest wetland in India, Pulicat Lagoon
Description of the centre
PULICAT LAGOON is the second largest wetland (Coastal Lagoon) in India covering an area of 759 sq.km. Located on the north of Chennai city at 55th km.
We maintain an Interpretation Centre, since 2010, creating awareness and sensitizing inhabitants and city dwellers through various activities throughout the year.
We celebrate the annual World Wetlands Day with various activities including the traditional-catamaram race for lagoon-fishermen, children ecology quiz, folklores, and traditional games for women.
Empowering more than one hundred and twenty women through Palm Leaf Handicrafts since 2009. This has been creating direct community engagement and environmental awareness.
Engaged in research and publishing research articles in international and national journals.
Member of UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign, and member of GNDR.
Save Pulicat to Save Chennai is our campaign.
Main CEPA work area
- Managing Interpretation Centre.
- Encouraging Nature-Base-Economy through palm-leaf handicraft, empowering 3 villages.
- Regularly publishing awareness articles in leading national newspapers.
- Research and publishing articles.
Top three successes
- Reorganization of work at World Expo 2012.
- Empanelled by Government of India to promote and improvise Palm Leaf Handicraft through self-help-women groups until 2024.
Top three challenges
- Government Policies to protect Pulicat Lagoon is lacking - that is creating huge hurdle for our activities.
- The wetlands is shared by two states of India, with different language, hence reaching grassroots levels in the neighbouring state is a hurdle.
- Funding is the major issue.
Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails
Running a visitor centre
Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers
Education and communication
Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials
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