The formulation of this regional project, its contents, contexts and objectives have been prepared jointly by all respective partners from South Asia which includes India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The countries in South Asia have been identified as countries with emerging economies and expanding populace. In growing economies, developments are bound to be centralized. Therefore development tends to leave large parts of the rural population in poverty. The poorest groups of society are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Therefore, intervention is made in a way that can address poverty reduction, reduction in emission of Green House Gases (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. 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 Eco Village Development (EVD) concept to be included into national, regional and international negotiations on climate change/mitigation and poverty alleviation.
- To establish demonstration for eco-village development and strengthen advocacy for low carbon pro-poor sustainable eco-village development to influence national decision-makers, policy makers and climate negotiators to include EVD concept in their climate-related policies and in their proposals for international climate negotiations.
- To make relevant stakeholders at local, national, regional and international aware of sustainable EVD as local climate mitigation and adaptation solution.
- To strengthen rural development to reduce poverty in ways that limit greenhouse gas emissions (mitigate climate change) in South Asia.
Project Duration: January 15, 2015 – July 15, 2017 (30 months)
Project Areas in Nepal:
This pilot project is being implemented in three different villages from Kavrepalanchwok district namely Chaymrangebsesi-2 village, Chyamrangbesi VDC; Ladkhu-Chanaute-2 and 9, Dhunkharka VDC and Sikrigyang-9 village, ChalalGaneshsthan VDC.
Civil Society in Development (CISU), Denmark
Danish International Human Settlement Service (DIB), Denmark
International Network for Sustainable Energy (INforSE), Denmark- Project
Integrated Sustainable Energy and Ecological Development Association (INSEDA), India
- Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA), India
- Center for Rural Technology, Nepal (CRT/N)
- Integrated Development Association (IDEA), Srilanka
- Grameen Shakti (GS), Bangladesh
- Women Action for Development (WAFD), India
District Project Partner:
- Ghatta Owner Association (GOA), Kavrepalanchwok
Local Project Partners:
- Ghatta Owner Association, Kavre (at District Level)
- GahubaliBijaBridhiSamuha, Chyamrangbesi-2 Kavre
- LadkuChanauteSinchaiJalUpavoktaSamuha, Dhunkharka-2 and 9, Kavre
- ShriganeshPaurakhiKrisakSamuha, Ganesthan Chalal-9 SikrighyangKavre
Major Project Activities:
- Establish an evidence base (three demo eco-villages) in order to advocate for EVD concept and solutions/methods. It includes local, national and international level.
- Advocate for EVD concept through media, position papers/policy briefs, national dialogue meetings, national and regional promotion including presentation and dialogue events, meetings etc. in order to include concept in national priorities for climate negotiations and in national climate actions that governs the framework for local development.
- Facilitate 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 eco-village development plansfor project villages.
Progress made so far:
- Organization and participation in district level project initiation workshop conducted at Kavrepalanchok district.
- Establishment of baseline database of project villages from Kavre district.
- Identification and dissemination of EVD solutions (Portable Improved Cookstoves, Solar PV, Rain Water Harvesting tools and equipment, Plastic Tunnel House, Juvenile fish for fish farming, drip and sprinkler irrigation tool kits) to entire 108 HHs of project villages.
||Chyamrangbesi-2, Chyamrangbesi VDC
||Sikrigyang-9, Chalal Ganesthan VDC
||Ladkhu-Chanaute 2&9, Dhunkharka VDC
|CRT/N Ben 2 Portable Metal Stoves
|Plastic Tunnel House
|Solar Home System
||10(Incentives provided for only 4 ponds but technical support provided to all)
|Rain Water Harvesting System
|Drip Irrigation Tools
|Sprinkler Irrigation Tools
Note: Except for CRT/N Ben 2 Portable Metal Stoves, entire beneficiary households have contributed at least 25 percent of total cost of adopted EVD solutions
- Organization of capacity building training on repair and maintenance of Solar Home system, building plastic tunnels for cultivation of off-season tomatoes, cultivation of Shittake mushrooms and production of organic fertilizer and pesticides.
- Advocacy and promotion of EVD concept and various renewable energy based EVD solution respectively at Renewable Energy Exhibition 2016 organized by AEPC.
- Contribution in development of international policy brief which was shared in UNFCCC climate change conference (COP 21).
- Shared EVD concept implementation modality and good practices from Nepal at UNFCCC climate change conference (COP 21) through parallel side event “Fair Low/Zero Carbon &Cent percent RE Strategies, South & North Countries, Villages, including Women Initiatives” organized by the French Government at them Climate Generations Areas in Paris, France.
- Contributed in development of publication entitled “Eco Village Development as Climate Solution Proposals from South Asia” that was published at COP 21.
- Article published in Sustainable Energy News; publication of INFORSE under the theme “Eco-Village Development in South Asia”, Vol No: 78, May 2016.
- Organization of Eco-Village Development (EVD) Concept Interaction Meeting at Bougainvilla, Teku on May 9, 2016.
Case: Integration of EVD Solution with Agro-Based Livelihoods
With an on-set of the Eco-Village Development Programme, Mr. Bir Bahadur Tamang and his son Mr.Sumit Tamang, resident of Sikrigyang -9, Chalal Ganesthan VDC, Kavrepalanchowk District are adopting tunnel based farming, and has started nursery to produce seedlings of tomato’s and expanded the production to off- season tomatoes. The Tamang family has started to segregate the domestic solid waste to produce compost and has also started collecting waste water in order to re-use it for irrigating kitchen garden and plastic tunnel house. The family has shifted towards organic farming from chemical based farming practices with raised awareness regarding renewable energy, climate change impacts on agriculture and water resources, climate adaptation and mitigation.