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1. Providing a common platform to interact with the students and teachers on environmental issues.

2. Helping a lot in spreading and disseminating environmental knowledge and concepts to large number of people.

3. Providing “Hands-on Environmental Experience” on environmental concepts to the students to carry out various measurements.

4. Motivating students to learn about scientific protocols by performing environmental learning activities, which are already introduced as theory in the greened textbooks.
2nd Train the trainers Workshop at Shimla
International Train The Trainers Workshop
Hosted by
Indian Environmental Society
Co-hosted by
Himachal Pradesh University
Supported by
Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India


The Second International GLOBE Train-The-Trainers Workshop was hosted by the Indian Environmental Society during April 11 – 19, 2005 at Himachal Pradesh University , Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. The workshop was co-hosted by Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla and supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India. HON’BLE GOVERNOR OF HIMACHAL PRADESH – SHRI V. S. KOKJE INAUGURATED The WORKSHOP.


The Workshop was attended by 49 participants from both India and Abroad [Kindly refer Annexure 1 for List of Participants]. A group of 11 Master Trainers/Leaders/Assistant trainers (2 from GLOBE headquarters, 1 from Nepal, 3 from Thailand, and 5 from India) provided hands-on experience to the participants during the training workshop. All the following four GLOBE Protocols were taken during the Workshop.


1) Atmosphere 2) Hydrology 3) Land Cover 4) Soils

The First International GLOBE training workshop was also organized by Indian Environmental Society (during 14 – 22 January 2002 at D.L.D.A.V Model School, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India, Public Affairs Section of American Embassy and International GLOBE Secretariat. 63 participants from India, Thailand, and Nepal were trained as GLOBE Trainers. The team of four trainers from Globe Secretariat from Washington, D.C. USA, conducted the training workshop.


The Indian Environmental Society has been involved with the GLOBE Program from the very beginning. Till date, the Society has organized around 40 GLOBE Teachers Training Workshops in India. Approximately 1600 teachers were trained as GLOBE teachers by the Society as a part of the Capacity Building for Hands-on Participatory Learning under Environmental Education in School System (EESS) Program of the World Bank and Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India.

Inaugural Session

The Workshop was started on April 11, 2005 with the Welcome Speech of Dr. L. R. Verma, Vice Chancellor – Himachal Pradesh University. He welcomed the GLOBE training team as well as the participants from all over the country and around the world. He assured all of them to provide full corporation and support from Himachal Pradesh University. He also assured that the stay of both participants and the Trainers would be made comfortable in every possible manner.

Followed by the welcome address, Mr. R. Mehta, Advisor – Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India and the Country Coordinator, GLOBE-India briefed the participants and the guests about the Objectives of the Workshop. While giving the introduction of the workshop, he told that the main aim of the workshop is to provide hands-on experience to the participants (teachers and research scientists). Revealing that 11 trainers and around 50 participants from all over the world were participating in the workshop, he said the workshop serves the twin purpose of “ teaching the trainees” and “ helping the society” as a whole in the sphere of environment.

He informed that this is for the first time the research scientists are being involved in the GLOBE Program in India. The idea behind this is to promote research studies based on the GLOBE data collected from different parts of the country. Being the country coordinator, he informed about the status of the GLOBE Programme in India. He told that in India the GLOBE Programme started in 2000 and has a 25% success rate. He told that the GLOBE Programme is being implemented in 16 states of the Country namely Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Assam, Orissa, Goa, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttranchal, Sikkim, West Bengal, Tripura, Chattisgarh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Himachal Pradesh. 100 Schools from each state are involved in the GLOBE Programme. He also told that Schools from Himachal Pradesh are also actively involved in the GLOBE Programme. The students from the schools of Himachal Pradesh are collecting and reporting data on various GLOBE parameters.


After the introduction of the Workshop, Mr. Eric Stonebraker - Regional Director Asia and Pacific, Russia and the CIS - The GLOBE Program carried forward the session and gave a brief Introduction about the GLOBE Programme.

He briefed the following about the GLOBE Programme:

  • GLOBE stands for Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment.
  • It is a hands-on Environmental Education and learning programme, which exists on international level.
  • It involves active participation of teachers, students and scientific research community in an effort to learn more about the environment.
  • 107 countries including India are the part of the GLOBE Programme.
  • GLOBE programme help students in improving the scientific understanding and knowledge of Earth through innovative ways of education.
  • It involves students, teachers, and scientific research community in performing experiments and analyzing data.
  • It covers all the major components of environment like Atmosphere, Hydrology, Land Cover and soils.

Mr. Eric Stonebraker also laid emphasis on the following goals of the GLOBE programme:

  • GLOBE enhances the environmental awareness of individual throughout the world.
  • GLOBE contributes to scientific understanding of the Earth.
  • GLOBE helps students to reach higher standards of the Earth-Science and Mathematics.

The above-said words were succeeded by the Address from Dr. Desh Bandhu, President – Indian Environmental Society. Being the organizer of the Workshop, he once again welcomed the GLOBE Master trainers and Participants from different parts of the world. According to him, GLOBE provides opportunity for students to gain a better understanding of the environmental challenges facing the planet and for gaining valuable scientific data that could not otherwise have been gathered. The GLOBE, he explained, would provide the flexible, holistic, and synergistic views. He said the GLOBE Program would enhance students knowledge about environmental awareness, contribute to scientific understanding of the earth and also set goals for all students in reaching higher levels of achievements in science and mathematics. It would strengthen the interaction or partnership between students and researchers etc. and will also help in establishing strong network and linkage with peer groups all across the world. The GLOBE Program, he said, would endow the students all over the world with the global perspective. It would set high standards for excellence and would lead to a revolutionary movement in the field of environmental awareness. It would prove helpful to the students to discover their own capability, utilize or capitalize on that capability. He also made clear that the GLOBE Program would help in increasing the observation capability of the students. Lastly, he explained the connectivity of the environmental aspects with earth system in a larger frame and with productivity, food security, livelihood, and natural resources in a smaller frame. He also reassured GLOBE Team that India will and must set an example for other country as well.

After the address of Dr. Desh Bandhu, Hon’ble Governor of Himachal Pradesh – Shri V. S. Kokje INAUGURATED the workshop. In his inaugural speech, he showed his concerns about the conservation and protection of Environment. He appreciated the efforts of Indian Environmental Society for organizing this train-the-trainers workshop at an international level and thanked the Society for selecting Himachal Pradesh as the venue of the workshop. He said “It is our honour to host this international GLOBE train-the-trainers workshop in our state Himachal Pradesh”. He said that the workshop will provide golden opportunity for the participants to exchange knowledge and experience during the workshop. Inaugurating the Workshop, Governor V. S. Kokje said the programme would focus on students to find solutions for environmental problems. He stressed on the need for spreading awareness among the masses and said understanding the globe through practical training and scientific learning would help overcome many environmental problems.

According to Hon’ble Governor, environmental teaching helps students to cover biology, soil, & environment and also improves their understanding as well as enhances their skills to find out a meaningful solution for the real world.

In the end, Prof. T. N. Lakhanpal, Director – Indian Institute of Himalayan Studies gave the Vote of Thanks. He accentuated the significance of the workshop to all the participants of the International GLOBE Training Workshop. It was brought to notice that the support provided by Dr. L. R. Verma and the volunteers of Himachal Pradesh University has proved immense valuable for the workshop. He thanked Hon’ble Governor Shri V. S. Kokje for spending his valuable time for inaugurating the workshop and also for sharing his views and concerns regarding environmental protection and conservation. He extended his gratitude to Dr. Desh Bandhu for choosing Himachal Pradesh as the Venue of the workshop. He also thanked all the volunteers from Indian Institute of Himalayan Studies and Indian Environmental Society and others who were directly or indirectly associated with the workshop.

[The programme schedule of the inaugural session is enclosed as Annexure 2]

GLOBE sessions

The first five days of the workshop i. e. April 11 – 15, 2005 was focused on GLOBE’s “basic” Protocols and student inquiry followed by two days break. The following two days i. e April 18 – 19, 2005focused on GLOBE’s “Advanced” protocols. The workshop comprised of variety of interesting activities including GLOBE theoretical sessions, computer tutorial sessions, hands–on measurements i.e field work and lab work and presentations from the research scientists in the group meeting room,. [Kindly refer the programme schedule attached as annexure 3]

The participants were divided in two groups (GROUP 1 – GREEN and GROUP II – BLUE) during the training workshop [separate lists of both the groups are attached for the reference in Annexure 4]. During workshop, following protocols of the GLOBE Program was discussed in details:

  1. Atmospheric and Phenology Investigations
  2. Hydrology Investigations
  3. Soil Investigations
  4. Land Cover/ Biology Investigations

The Master trainers have provided training on the following mentioned basic and advanced protocols. Specific sites for conducting field experiments of all the protocols were identified near the school. The participants were provided with the hands-on experience and have conducted theoretical as well as practical classes on all GLOBE protocols.


The following table shows the basic as well as advanced protocols of the four GLOBE Investigations undertaken during the Workshop:

GLOBE Investigations

Basic Parameters

Advanced Parameters


Atmospheric Protocols

  • Cloud Observations
  • Cloud Cover
  • Cloud Type
  • Contrail Observations
  • Contrail Cover
  • Contrail Type
  • Air Temperature
  • Maximum Temperature
  • Minimum Temperature
  • Currents Temperature
  • Precipitation
  • Solid Precipitation (snow)
  • Liquid Precipitation (Rainfall)

Phenology Protocols

  • Green-up and Green Down
  • Bud Burst

  • Surface Ozone
  • Relative Humidity
  • Barometric Pressure
  • Haze/Aerosols


  • Temperature
  • Transparency
  • pH
  • Electrical Conductivity
  • Total Dissolved Solids
  • Dissolved Oxygen
  • Alkalinity
  • Nitrate Nitrogen


  • Soil Characterization
  • Soil Temperature
  • Soil Moisture
  • Soil pH
  • Bulk Density
  • Soil Fertility
  • Particle Size Distribution
  • Particle Density


  • Remote Sensing
  • Manual Mapping
  • Biometric Measurements
    • Canopy Cover
    • Ground Cover
    • Tree Circumference

Tree Height

  • Accuracy Assessment
  • Computer Aided Mapping

The workshop was concluded on April 19, 2005 with group discussion among the participants and trainers. In the group discussion, GLOBE implementation in schools, challenges and problems faced by the participating country and how to make GLOBE Program successful in the respective country was discussed. The participants were also provided with the Certificate of Participation [attached as Annexure 6] certifying them as GLOBE Trainers as they have been trained in all the four GLOBE Investigations.

GLOBE Trainers

The GLOBE Team comprises of the following GLOBE Master Trainers/Assistant Trainers/Leaders:

  • Mr. R. Mehta (Country Coordinator – GLOBE)

Advisor - Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India

  • Mr. Eric Stonebraker

Regional Director Asia and Pacific, Russia and the CIS

  • Dr. Desh Bandhu

President – Indian Environment Society

  • Mr. John McLaughlin

Science Program Officer – The GLOBE Program

  • Mr. Binod Shrestha

Director – Environmental Camps for conservation Awareness

  • Dr. Krisanadez Joroensutasinee

Assist. Professor – Walailak University

  • Dr. Mullica Jaroensutasinee

Assist. Professor – Walailak University

  • Dr. Jayashree Deshpande

Head – S. b. E. S. College of Science

  • Mr. P. Sudhakar

Joint director – C. P. R. Environmental Education Centre

  • Dr. Avinash Tiwari

Reader – Jiwaji University

  • Dr. Sompong Thammathaworn

Professor – Suranaree University of Technology

[Other details of the master trainers/assistant trainers/leaders are enclosed in Annexure 5]

The entire training team was divided in 4 groups and each group has undertaken the following GLOBE investigations:



GLOBE Investigations

GLOBE Trainers


Atmosphere and Phenology

  • Mr. John McLaughlin
  • Dr. Desh Bandhu
  • Dr. Krisanadez Joroensutasinee


  • Mr. John McLaughlin
  • Dr. Mullica Jaroensutasinee
  • Dr. Jayashree Deshpande


  • Mr. Eric Stonebreaker
  • Dr. Avinash Tiwari
  • Mr. Binod Shrestha

Land Cover/Biology

  • Mr. R. Mehta
  • Mr. P. Sudhakar
  • Dr. Sompong Thammathaworn

[Kindly refer list of participants (attached as annexure 1) for details of the participants]

Resource Material

The Indian Environmental Society has provided the following Resource Material as the part of the registration kit to all the participants:

  • GLOBE Teachers Training Guide
  • GLOBE Stickers
  • Cloud and Soil Chart
  • GLOBE Teachers Manual

(IES Publication)

  • IES Publications
  • MUC Field Guide
  • Appendix
Other activities carried out during the workshop
  1. The Indian Environmental Society has organized Graduation Banquet/dinner for the participants and trainers in the evening of April 15, 2005 at Potters Hill – Shimla for the entertainment of the GLOBE Participants. The programme was attended by the GLOBE Team, Mr. Mehta, Dr. Desh Bandhu, volunteers, and all the participants of the workshop. They all enjoyed the event and appreciated the efforts made by the society.

  2. To cherish the moments of the workshop, a group photograph of all the participants, GLOBE Training team was taken and distributed among them. The participants and the trainers have also signed on one of the Landsat Image of Himachal Pradesh. The same was also distributed among the participants and the trainers.

Media Coverage

Achievement of the Workshop

  • During the International Training Workshop, a GLOBE training team from GLOBE Headquarter, India, Thailand and Nepal has trained around 50 participants from India Thailand, Nepal, New Zealand and Germany.

  • The protocols – atmosphere, soil, hydrology and land cover/biology were discussed in detail during the workshop. In the workshop, issues like implementation of the program, challenges, and strategies to be adopted to make the program successful in India etc. were discussed between the trainees and GLOBE trainers.

  • All the participants from all over the country and around the world have been awarded with the GLOBE Trainer Certificate. They are now capable of imparting training on GLOBE Investigations in their respective regions.
Strong linkages have been established among the beneficiaries of the workshop.
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