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Evidence Based Advocacy for Low-Carbon, Pro-Poor Sustainable ‘Eco-Village Development in South AsiaClick Here for Nepali Language

The formulation of this regional project, its contents, contexts and objectives has been prepared jointly by all respective partners from South Asia which includes India, Bangladesh and Srilanka. The countries in South Asia have been identified as countries with emerging economies and expanding populace. Developmental activities in countries with emerging economies and expanding populace have exacerbated emission of GHGs into the atmosphere. Furthermore, development in growing economies are bound to be centralized therefore development tends to leave large parts of the rural population in poverty. As a result there is risk of increasing disparity among the rich and poor groups in the society, disparity in progress of rural and urban sector of the country. In these circumstances, the poorest groups of society are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change; therefore intervention has to be made in a way that can address poverty reduction, reduction in emission of GHGs and sustainable development of rural sector of the country and also produce result where development with poverty reduction and climate mitigation does not need to be in conflict. Climate change and continued poverty are probably the two largest, long-term challenges for prosperity of Nepal. While there is awareness on both issues the climate challenge is increasing while poverty is only slowly reducing. The two challenges of poverty and climate change can be addressed with one set of solution; EVD concept. Eco-village development concept could establish itself as intervention that is able to address the issue of poverty reduction, limiting the emission of GHGs and sustainable development of rural sector of Nepal. However, advocacy of the EVD concept is necessary in order to aware concerned stakeholders at local, national and regional level who can influence the decision and policy makers at local, regional and national level. The experience-based advocacy can become a strong tool for promoting and campaigning for EVD concept to be included into national, regional and international negotiations on climate change/mitigation and poverty alleviation. 

Project Partners

Objectives of the Project

  • The EVD concept combines a number of solutions for poverty reduction within sustainable energy, water management, agriculture, gardening and housing. 
  • The EVD concept includes planning of the right solutions for each village, to be chosen according to geography, climate, livelihood, etc.
  • The EVD concept is an innovative development path that is compatible both with poverty reduction and other development objectives that complements emission reduction in countries with growing economies like Nepal.
  • EVD concept emphasizes on local ownership of development model and capacity building of local communities to improve their livelihood. 

Project Duration

January 15, 2015 – July 15, 2017 (30 months)

Project Location

In Nepal, this pilot project will be implemented in 3 different villages from Kavrepalanchwok district namely Chaymrangebsesi-2 village, Chyamrangbesi VDC; Ladkhu-Chanaute-2 and 9, Dhunkharka VDC and Sikrigyang-9 village, Chalal Ganeshsthan VDC.  In each village CRT/N will coordinate with its LPs (Gahubali Beejbridhi Group-Chyamrangbesi village, Ladkhu-Chanaute Hydram Water User Committee-Ladkhu-Chanaute village and Nepal Red Cross Society sub-branch, Kavre-Sikrigyang village) to accomplish the project objectives.  Moreover, Ghatta Owner Association (GOA), Kavrepalanchwok will be district level partner who is responsible in coordinating with LPOs and district level stakeholders for the local level activities. 

Target Group for Advocacy of EVD concept 

  • Decision-makers at national level and officials in relevant ministries and agencies along with lower levels of the administration (VDC/DDC) that can play an important role in enabling national frameworks for local climate and development solutions.
  • State/regional politicians and officials including development planners, civil societies, relevant I/NGOs and climate change networks that can influence the decision and policy maker at national level. 
  • Women’s association, youth association, association of farmer, marginalized groups, association of small business/cottage industries, schools and political leaders at local level.
  • Financing institutes (banks, micro-finance institutes and local self help groups)

Project Activities

  • Establish an evidence base (3 demo eco-villages) in order to advocate for EVD concept and solutions/methods it includes to local, national and international level.
  • Identification of relevant stakeholder at local, district and national level to advocate the EVD concept at different administrative policy making levels. 
  • Advocate for EVD concept through media, position papers/policy briefs, national dialogue meetings, national and regional promotion including presentation & dialogue events, meetings etc. in order to include concept in national priorities for climate negotiations and in national climate actions that govern the framework for local development.
  • Facilitating advocacy of EVD concept through international project partners at international level including UN climate conferences through project partners. 
  • Project will seek participatory approach from EVD villages to draft sustainable village development plans for project villages. 
  • Joint publication on EVD to be published in english and national languages. 
  • Regular monitoring and evaluating of project activities.

Expected Output

  • Evidence base for EVD, including demo villages, website and documentation.
  • EVD concept advocacy at village, district, national and international level.
  • Capacity building of project village inhabitants through vocational skill training
  • Draft of village development plan including EVD concept from project villages.
  • Mainstreaming gender aspect while developing eco-villages.
  • EVD concept known among people and organizations that can influence the national decision-makers and negotiators.
  • Briefing notes on why and how to integrate local climate solutions including EVD in climate negotiations and agreements.
  • Briefing notes on why and how to include local climate solutions including EVD in national policies.
  • Formation of national groups of supporting stakeholders, to support EVD proposals and assist the advocacy.
  • Compliance with the indicators mentioned in Environment Friendly Local Governance Framework (2013) for household level and tole (specific locality) level as much as possible.

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