Indradhanushya is a public facility of the Pune Municipal Corporation to create environment awareness and promote responsible citizenship, thinking and action towards sustainable development in Pune.
The main thrust of Indradhanushya is to spread the message of environment conservation in society and develop skills and attitude in citizens which could improve their environment literacy and environment performance of the city.
Indradhanushya focuses to sensitize the public by infusing a sense of responsibility through behavioral change.
With the degrading environment of Pune due to urbanization (population increase and simultaneous pressure on systems and services to be delivered to citizens), industrialization (IT sector, education etc.), loss of biodiversity which was once very rich at Pune and its changing climate (being situated near Western Ghats, surrounded by Deccan and Sahayadri ranges) there was a need for a driving force for the city which could spread awareness for conservation about their own environment, illustrate the citizens about the linkages between human and environment, inculcate responsible citizenship attitudes in citizens so that it becomes an environmentally conducive city for present as well as future.
To serve them as an interpretation centre or a resource for information on environment, conduct activities which could inculcate environmental and civic values in citizens so that Pune inhabits aware and responsible citizens‘Indradhanushya Environment Education and Citizen Center’was conceptualized.
With a vision, to serve as an environmental hub of city; it was inaugurated on 19thJune 2010 by Hon. Shri Jairam Ramesh; Central Environment Minister
To develop Pune as an environment-friendly city.
To make Indradhanushya a hub for environment related activities and resources and develop it as an interpretation centre for Pune city.
To create environment awareness, responsible citizenship and environment friendly attitudes among citizens.
To conduct non-formal education programs/workshops/seminars for students, teachers, professionals, senior citizens etc. on environment related issues with a focus onRole of Individual’, ‘Solutionsand‘management aspects’.
To develop innovative community based action oriented projects for school students to inculcate: environmental concepts, need for conservation, ownership for nature heritage and which ensures sustainability.
To develop linkages with various schools, colleges, research institutes, NGOs and other related organizations working for environment and conduct programs in collaboration for our own environment.
To facilitate capacity building by offering volunteer ship opportunities and facilitating public participation to implement sustainable development strategies; creating a healthy environment for the city.