FUSE (Food-water-energy (FWE) for Urban Sustainable Environments) is a trans-disciplinary research project that aims to contribute in identifying solutions for long-term FWE sustainability in Amman, Jordan and Pune, India, which are growing metropolitan regions each containing approximately five million people, intermittent freshwater supplies, and significant competition with agriculture for water and energy. The FUSE team consists of social scientists, natural scientists and engineers from Stanford University, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), the Austrian Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIAS), and the Austrian Foundation for Development Research (ÖFSE). The project is a not-to-profit research effort and is part of the Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative of JPI Urban Europe and the Belmont Forum.
Building on the expertise of local stakeholders, FUSE conducted workshops in Pune to share and discuss FWE challenges stakeholders are confronted with, their coping strategies, and ideas / solutions for the future. Our Faculty member, Dr. Gurudas Nulkar had the honour of being a part and contributing in this project where he represented his NGO, Ecological Society.
Dr. Nulkar is a core team member of the Pune based NGO ‘Ecological Society’ that strives towards a sustainable society through Education and Research. The Society’s mission is to promote ecological awareness for nature conservation; to design & conduct education programmes aimed at building capabilities of restoration & nature conservation projects; undertake studies for the conservation, management & restoration of our natural resources & to plan & implement field projects in both rural & urban areas setting up model units where economic planning & ecological conservation complement each other & form a viable development model to be emulated in future. Ecological society actively participates in advocacy for awareness across rural and urban areas.
The Ecological society has completed various projects under its initiatives. ‘Ecological Guidelines for Riverfront Development of Mula-Mutha rivers’, ‘Floral diversity improvement plan for Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary’, ‘ Ujani Reservoir Project’, ‘ Assessment of Panshet dam catchment’ being some of the prominent ones. Also, they currently are working on projects like, ‘Establishing the Case for developing a new Index for ‘well-being’’, ‘Ramnadi Restoration Mission’, ‘Friends of Ecological Society’. The Society thus continues to profess the fundamental principles of Ecosystem conservation and restoration, coupled with sustainable livelihood generation.
SCMHRD is immensely proud of Dr. Gurudas Nulkar and his contribution towards building a sustainable society and wishes him great success in all his future endeavours