Impact of the Centre on the Community
- GITAM has been organizing tree plantation drives for the last many years. The Centre for Climate Change and Disaster Management has organized Earth Day on 22nd April 2014 in association with Ministry of Earth Sciences and planted more than 1000 saplings along the Beach Road.
- GITAM campus at Visakhapatnam is prominently known as green campus. The unprecedented Hudhud super cyclone which occurred on 12th October, 2014 caused widespread havoc in uprooting some trees and loss of green cover of the campus. The Centre for Climate Change and Disaster Management in association with Department of Environmental Studies helped GITAM in restoration of several plant species such as Artocarpus, Mangifera, Anacardium, Pongamia, Azardichta, Ficus and Syzium by applying modern techniques. These plant species enhance carbon sequestration potential because of its high wood density apart from other plants and also help in protection and multiplication of local bird species population. All these measures have helped in bringing back the campus to normalcy in make it an eco-friendly and a green campus.
- The centre has organized environmental awareness workshops for school children on health and hygiene concepts in three districts of North Coastal Andhra Pradesh.
- Surveys have been conducted on water quality in rural villages of North Coastal Andhra Pradesh and awareness has been created among the people on water quality and conservation measures.