Environmental Planning & Coordination Organisation (EPCO) was established by Housing and Environment Department of the Government of Madhya Pradesh in 1981 and presently under the Environment Department of the Government of Madhya Pradesh, its foundation stone was laid by Smt. Indira Gandhi, in the 50 acre "Paryavaran Parisar". Over the years, EPCO has steadily grown to become the State's premier organization in the field of environment related matters. It has worked closely with the State Government on various projects; yet it has established its own identity as an autonomous organization. It is a think-tank for environmental matters, but is also project oriented.
His excellence the Governor of MP is the President of the organization where as Hon’ble Chief Minister and Hon’ble Minister of Housing & Environment Department are Vice Presidents, Principal Secretary nvironment Department is the Director General and Chairman of the Governing Council of EPCO. Executive Director is the executive head of organization. Environmental Planning and Coordination Organization (EPCO) is a unique organization in terms of the foresight and the width of its mandate. In the last 39 years it has also witnessed rapid developments in the field of environment. Over the years EPCO has touched upon virtually every kind of work that is related to the field of environment. It has carried out pioneering work in creation of environmental awareness and focusing attention on environmental problems of the State
Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
Minister of Public Works Department and Environment
Principal Secretary & Director General, EPCO
Executive Director, EPCO
MoEF&CC embarked upon a major initiative for creating environmental awareness among children by formulating National Green Corps (NGC) in 2001-02. There are around 1,60,000 Ecoclubs across the country. A financial assistance of Rs 5,000/- per school and college is provided under this programme. The following activities are undertaken:
- Awareness on solid waste management (waste segregation into biodegradable and non-biodegradable) through establishing 2-Bins in schools– (1) Blue Bin for dry waste like Paper waste, Glass waste, E-waste and (2) Green Bin for wet waste.
- Celebration of important environmental days in schools such as World Environment Day, World Wetland Day, Earth Day, etc. by organising debates, quiz, slogan competitions, drawing/poster competitions etc, on the related theme.
- Plantation drives in and around the school campus
- Cleanliness drives
The National Nature Camps Programme is an initiative of the Ministry of Environment and Forests in Environment Education, which is aimed at creating greater awareness, understanding and empathy of children with and for the environment. Through this initiative it is hoped that every child who goes through middle school (classes VI to VIII) will get at least one opportunity for a 2-3 day camping experience during these years. The ‘Nature experience’ for children and teachers has huge potential to trigger their sensitivity towards nature appreciation and conservation, leading to positive environmental actions at different levels.Learn more.
Swachhta Action Plan is a milestone initiative in mainstreaming Swachhta elements across all sectors of the Government in an elaborate, accountable, and sustained manner to realize the Swachh Bharat of Prime Minister's vision and Gandhiji's dream.Learn more.
The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Programme – an international Science and Education programme – provides a unique opportunity to the school students to carry out various measurements so that they can learn about scientific protocols and perform environmental learning activities. GLOBE provides grade level appropriate, in disciplinary activities and inventions about the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and pedosphere, which have been developed by the scientific community and validated by teachers. The programme which focuses on Hands- on-approach based environmental learning and has tremendous potential in enhancing the quality of Environment Education.
Swachhta Action Plan programme of the Ministry was initiated in the year 2016-17. Thereafter in 2017-18 a separate budget head was created for this scheme in the year 2017-18. 1.2 To oversee, execute and monitor the activities under Swachhta Action Plan, the Swachh aur Swasth Bharat Cell was established in the Ministry in the year 2017-18. SAP is aimed at raising awareness on:-Pollution (Air, Water, Single Use Plastic); Waste Management (Solid Waste, E-waste etc); ODF Awareness (Rural/Urban). SAP awareness activity shall not be only restricted to eco-schools. For holistic execution of SAP it becomes essential that the awareness programme reaches as many people as possible.