Oxfam India works in the 7 poorest states of India to address the root causes of poverty and injustice. Each year, Oxfam holds a series of fundraising events around the world called the ‘Trailwalker’, whereby participants are sponsored to walk or run 100km in less than 48 hours. Events of this type have the potential to leave a harmful environmental footprint and so Oxfam India asked ERM to take on the role of Environmental Partner. ERM employees in Mumbai and Bangalore have provided pro bono support to produce an Environmental Impact Assessment Report summarising the impacts of the Trailwalker event in remote areas, and make recommendations for clean-up activities. The ERM team is now working with Oxfam to advise how to improve future events and further reduce harmful environmental impacts.
“Getting involved with the ERM Foundation has always been exciting for me as I get to contribute ‘real value’ to the community. Collaborating as an ‘Environment Partner’ with the Oxfam India’s Trailwalk initiative in Mumbai is one of such initiative. I was the Project Manager for this work in 2015. Throughout the project, my goal was to ensure that we handled and delivered the work with proficiency, accuracy and finesse. This year we went beyond the regular scope of work and included new themes such as biodiversity impacts, waste segregation and management, and vehicle emissions in the study. With the aid of smart info-graphical techniques, we illustrated the outcomes of the study and have put forth recommendations for the Oxfam team to make their future Trailwalker events even ‘greener’ and more environmentally sensitive.”
Sreemoyee Bhattacharyya ERM, India
Partner organization: Oxfam India
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