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About Parisar & history

Parisar is a civil society organization working on lobbying and advocacy for sustainable development. Since its formation in the early 1980s, Parisar has worked in a diverse set of fields such as preservation of heritage, protection of urban bio-diversity, and sustainable agriculture. Since about the turn of the 21st century, its work focuses mainly on sustainable urban transport, since it recognizes that unsustainable transport policies and systems are the foremost threat to urban environment and quality of life. 

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Mobilizing community support for Low Carbon Mobility in Maharashtra's Cities

The project has been conceived with the aim of having civil society-driven adoption of meaningful low-carbon mobility initiatives in cities, leading to a reduction of GHG emissions from the urban transport sector while improving mobility and access to mobility for all sections of society. The project seeks to mobilize support for low-carbon mobility by conducting city-specific discussions, widening engagement with civil society, and supporting local advocacy efforts.

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Pune’s ESR report overlooks the most crucial problem faced by Punekars, the city road traffic!

On 27th July, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) published a report of vital importance; “Environment Status Report (ESR), 2022-23”. And on the 9th of August, Punekars organized the #ChaloPMC protest, demanding better civic facilities. Concerned citizens, both individuals and groups, mohalla committee members and members from civil society organizations took an active part. 

But one question that arises is this; are citizens well-informed about the latest developments, policies, and initiatives related to environmental conservation? The answer to this becomes crucial, as informed citizens are better equipped to contribute meaningfully to the cause they are passionate about. In today's world, where the impact of human activities on the environment is becoming increasingly evident, there is a growing community of concerned citizens who strive to make a positive difference. But the lack of knowledge and awareness in policy developments can hinder the effectiveness of the movement and limit the impact it can make. This article addresses one such gap in knowledge and strengthens the position of concerned citizens, by reviewing the annual Environment Status Report (ESR), 2022-23 of Pune.

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Evaluation of Free Bicycle Schemes and Their Impact: A Focus on Pune's Initiatives

 The concept of free bicycle schemes often evokes images of eco-friendly and sustainable transportation initiatives. However, these schemes go beyond merely promoting low-carbon mobility; they are powerful tools aimed at enhancing education and mobility freedom for the nation's youth. At the heart of these initiatives lies the crucial combination of fundamental education and improved mobility options.

The distribution of free bicycles is strategically designed to tackle a pressing issue plaguing the educational landscape - the significant dropout rates observed after primary education, particularly among girls in rural areas. These schemes work  to incentivize students, especially young girls, to pursue secondary school education with renewed enthusiasm and determination.

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Parisar in news

Session 1 of 'Schools for Bicycle Friendly Pune': Understanding Urban Mobility Through Directed Storytelling Exercise

In the pursuit of designing user-centric solutions for urban mobility challenges, directed storytelling workshops offer a powerful tool for gathering insights and fostering empathy. Here, we provide an in-depth look at the flow of a directed storytelling workshop we conducted to gain a deeper understanding of how individuals perceive and experience car-dependent cities and the potential for alternative modes of transportation.

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Parisar felicitated as the best NGO in the field of Road Safety in Maharashtra

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) celebrated Road Safety week from 11 to 17 January 2023 across India.

Parisar was felicitated as a best NGO working in the field of road safety in Maharashtra. This award ceremony was held in Mumbai on 11th January 2023.

The event was organised by the Transport Department, Maharashtra State and Mr. Sandeep Gaikwad (Senior Program Associate) represented Parisar to receive the award.

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