As part of the maintenance and management plan of the Subhash Bose Park, c-hed had prepared a major restoration plan for the sculptures in the park. Though the proposal was submitted to three different organizations for the CSR fund support, it was the Cochin Shipyard ltd, who came forward to support the project. The Centre for Heritage Environment and Development will coordinate the restoration work. In this regard a memorandum of understanding has been signed between c-hed and CSL.
Dr. Rajan Chedambath, Secretary of the centre, and M.D. Varghese, General Manager (Industrial Relations) of the CSL exchanged the agreement at a function held on Tuesday in the presence of Hon’ble Mayor and other civic administrators.
The revival plan includes organising a mini art camp where artists will restore the sculptures. A10-day art camp, with the artists who created the sculptures and others will be held.
As part of the German funded INTERACT- Bio project a Stakeholder Workshop was organised with support of Kochi Municipal Corporation and Centre for Heritage, Environment and Development, and facilitated by ICLEI- South Asia. The project aims to mainstream and integrate biodiversity conservation and management into the planning process at the national, subnational and local level. Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Environment Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, the four year project will be conducted in three cities- Kochi, Mangaluru and Panaji in India.
The project supports several Aichi Biodiversity Targets developed in 2010 and Sustainable Development Goals of 2015 through the promotion of nature-based solutions demonstrating the effectiveness of nature-based city development and ultimately connecting city regions with one another- building capacity and raising awareness in these regions. A significant output of the project will be the development of a Local Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (LBSAP) for Kochi.