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Participatory Approaches for Building Environmental Consciousness- Case of GIDC industrial estate, Vapi

June, 2016 Vapi

Participatory approaches for building environmental consciousness were successfully demonstrated in GIDC Industrial Estate, Vapi on 5th June 2016 on the occasion of the World Environment Day. The event ‘Streets for All’ was chosen to demonstrate that the function of streets in industrial areas go beyond road transportation. The event brought together people of all age groups engaging in sports, health and art activities aimed at raising environmental awareness. Interaction Meets between environmental experts and entrepreneurs were organised to generate awareness amongst the industries and their employees. Stakeholders from local communities, industries, NGOs and media, amongst others participated. Their enthusiasm highlights the importance and awareness towards environmental concerns.

The event literally transformed the look of the street in the industrial park where it was taking place presenting a stark contrast to the otherwise critically polluted area suffering from bad public image. Around 450 people signed the pledge for the environmental awareness campaign to initiate efforts towards the protection of the environment. As per local media reports, more than 6,000 people participated in this event.

The interest towards conducting such participatory events has been rising in Vapi over the past few years. It is foreseen that this approach will further strengthen the efforts by different organisations and generate interest towards environmental protection.



Mr Parthiv Mehta, Hon. Secretary, VIA

“It was very unique, involving a mass crowd of 6,000 people. People observed what VIA can do within one month. It was a wonderful event and I feel such programmes must continue as people can learn a lot from this”.


Mr Kirit Shastri, Manager (Liaison), Aarti Industries Limited

“It was a fantastic experience. The event made us realize our potential and helped in developing our own factory surroundings. We have constructed a garden in our premises and handed it over for public use and it’s a Landmark now!”


Mr Jatin Monani, Co- Founder, Seva Bhavi

“I guess they (VIA) have scored 10 out of 10 in organizing this wonderful event. All the marketing and advertising was done through Facebook. We did not expect even 1,000 people and 6,000 people turned up! Now we are being contacted by people about the upcoming events almost every single day”.


Mrs Nivedita Srivastava, Principal, Shri L.G. Haria Multipurpose School, Vapi

“Environmental consciousness is definitely one of the biggest influences for students despite good education. I can assure you that 50% of our school children are conscious about the environment today”.



Local residents participating in ‘Streets for All’ event

Exposure visits of students to industries in the GIDC Industrial Estate, Vapi


Demonstration of karate skills

Street plays on environment