Ozone Day celebrated in 23 villages
On September 16th 2014, the world united in commemorating the International Day for Preservation of the Ozone Layer "Ozone is a form of oxygen. Oxygen occurs in three different forms in the atmosphere; as oxygen atoms (O), as oxygen molecules (O2) and as zone(O3). Ozone’s unique physical properties allow the ozone layer to act as our planet’s sunscreen, providing an invisible filter to help protect all life forms from the sun’s damaging UV (ultraviolet)rays. Most incoming UV radiation is absorbed by ozone and prevented from reaching the Earth’s surface. Without the protective effect of ozone, life on Earth would not have evolved the way it has." (Ministry of Environment & Forests, Ozone Cell,2008) It is therefore important to preserve the ozone but moreover inform and educate the general public about what the ozone layer is and what is its purpose. With this goal in mind, Gujarat Ecology Commission planned awareness generation activities for community members in ICZMP project villages spanning the districts of Kutch, Jamnagar, Morbi and Dwarka. Activities included information sessions for young school children about the ozone layer followed by rallies throughout the village area with children displaying posters and banners for the occasion. Images
ICZMP Progress Review Meeting with GEC Field Executives
On September 5th under the chairmanship of Project Director, SPMU Gujarat, a progress review meeting with GEC ICZMP Field Executives was held at Infocity club, Gandhinagar.
A monthly meeting with field executives has now become an important part of project management under the ICZMP Gujarat. Regular meetings with field executives give an insight into works and progress at the grassroots level. This also brings to the forefront any challenges field executives may face. This review meeting provided a forum for GEC's field executives to update the project authorities about the progress of their individual works and goals. The project authorities in turn guided field executives and gave valuable inputs to help expedite works and enhance project progress. Images
PEA REVIEW MEETING UNDER ICZMP
PEAs participate in Web/GIS based Decision Support System (DSS) workshop held by BISAG
A Review Meeting for the Project Executive Agencies (PEAs) under the Integrated Coastal Zone Management project (ICZMP) Gujarat was held on 30th August, 2014 at 11.30 hrs in GEC's Conference Hall. The objective of the review meeting was to review current status of the project, progress and any bottlenecks in implementation. With time regular review meetings have helped streamline the course of the ICZM project (Gujarat); increased interaction between the SPMU and PEAs have also helped resolve challenges in a collaborative manner.
The 2nd workshop on Web/GIS based Decision Support System(DSS) was organised at BISAG on 27th August, 2014. The workshop's objective was sensitisation and familiarisation of Web-enabled GIS based- Decision Support System for all PEAs under the ICZMP-Gujarat. The workshop was organised to showcase the data integration of various activities carried out by PEAs into web/GIS based DSS. The workshop was organised for the following objectives:
1. To showcase the updated version of the DSS after incorporating the suggestions taken from PEAs during the 1st workshop held on 21st December 2013.
2. To showcase and verify the integration of activity related data into GIS based DSS received from PEAs.
3. Request PEAs to send all the details of various activities to strengthen the DSS to make it powerful tool for taking decisions.
The GIS integrated data of various activities has been verified and non-spatial data (tabular data) to support the spatial data(GPS locations) has been requested.Comments were received from the participants regarding the designing component of the DSS, Homepage development with login details and brief description of ICZM project on the homepage.
The overall feedback of the workshop noted the strong development of framework as well as basic tools and functionalities which will be useful for basic analysis to support decisions.
On the basis of suggestions by participants, weekly monitoring of the suggestions given by participants will be carried out in order to incorporate the same into the DSS. Similar daylong or half-day training programmes can be organised for further understanding of the operation and functioning of DSS. Images
Interview for the post of Junior Research Fellow and Field Collector cum Assistant for ZSI