Eco Village Development (EVD) I and II

/Eco Village Development (EVD) I and II
Eco Village Development (EVD) I and II 2018-09-25T13:01:11+00:00

Project Brief

Based on the experiences and learnings from the evidence-based advocacy for Eco village development, the current project sets out to identify opportunities for scaling up EVD practices to national scale. The project seeks to influence the climate change agenda within the UNFCCC Paris Agreement implementation and the development agenda with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The activities include conducting advocacy at sub-national, national and international/regional level to make it happen within a relatively short time. The advocacy strategies are based on national priorities and policies thus are customised for each partner country. The project engages policymakers, climate negotiators, members of local government units, media, youth groups, women’s organisations and academia.

The project duration is from April 2017 to June 2018. The partners of the project are:

  • DIB
  • INFORSE
  • INFORSE South Asia (represented by INSEDA, WAFD (India), IDEA (Sri Lanka), CRT/N (Nepal) and Grameen Shakti (Bangladesh)

Project Partners

Knowledge Products

Eco-Village Development in South Asia as Community Based Adaptation Practices

Addressing climate change and eradicating poverty are the most gruesome challenges of human development. Challenges emerge in the form of rising impacts of climate change and heightening consumption oriented of GHG emission while rural areas in South Asia remain unserved of basic life services. In order to tackle these multiple challenges, Eco-Village Development (EVD) concept brings in local solutions by using local resources and low-cost techniques. The EVD concepts are more relevant in the current era of implementing international agreements of 2015. Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development Goals bear a strong interlinkage with development and climate agenda. The countries in South Asia are committed to putting in place diverse mechanisms to execute the agreements. There is a clear synergy between EVD solutions and SDGs which have been framed to create a better future for all. While practicing the nuances of sustainable development, the foundation to build a stronger, ambitious and equitable climate action can be laid. The relevance of EVD in reducing risk to climate-induced disasters and achieving SDGs necessitated advocacy at all levels. 5th Asia Pacific Adaptation Forum on Climate Change provides an ideal platform to spread the word on ecological solutions.

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Eco-Village Development Practices in South Asia: Stories and Case Studies

The Conference of Parties 24 in Katowice, Poland is set to lay out rules of climate action under Paris Agreement for all the Parties by adhering to the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibility. The rules should drive developed countries to vacate the carbon space more quickly for developing countries to meet their development goals without losing sight of sustainability.

While rapid development to eradicate poverty, energy deprivation and ecosystem restoration is on the cards, developing economies need to rely and deploy local solution rather than conventional ones that created climate change in the first place. It is applicable to all emerging economies but more relevant to countries in South Asia considering their climate vulnerability and low adaptive capacity towards climate change. Thus governments in South Asia must consider Eco Village Development (EVD) as a model to shape their agricultural and renewable energy sector.

The effectiveness of the EVD as an alternate pathway towards sustainable development of village as a unit, has been established through the demonstration villages set up in diverse socioeconomic, geographic and climatic conditions across Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India. The international climate policy space need to take cognizance of the fact that local solutions accompanied with community mobilisation, involvement of women and children and appropriate training and capacity building brings lasting changes. EVD solutions provide alternative income source and strengthens agriculture based livelihoods.

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Activity Briefs

Next Steps towards Scaling Up Eco Village Development Solutions

Climate Action Network South Asia partnered with DIB in Denmark, IDEA Sri Lanka, Centre for Rural Technology Nepal, COAST BD and Grameen Shakti Bangladesh, INSEDA India and INFORSE to organise a one-day regional event on ”Next Steps towards Scaling UP Eco Village Development Solutions” in Dhaka recently.

Regional Event: Next Steps towards Scaling Up Eco Village Development Solutions

The event will bring together representatives from government departments, policy makers, bankers of rural development, civil society organisations and media from South Asia to share their knowledge on how to scale up low-carbon sustainable development solutions. A draft roadmap for accessing finance to fund eco-village development activities at local level is expected from the deliberations of the event. In addition, entry points to integrate EVD to ongoing policies and schemes of national and sub-national government are to be explored in the event.

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Proposing stronger NDCs, LEDS, Paris Rulebook for Poverty Reduction and Village Development

The side event was organised in collaboration with IDEA (Sri Lanka), INFORSE (Denmark), INSEDA (India), Grameen Shakti (Bangladesh) and Centre for Rural Technology (Nepal) to showcase how NDCs and Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) can promote local solutions and how a good Paris Rulebook can facilitate it.

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Project Focal Point

Santosh Patnaik -Deputy Programme Co-ordinator
santosh@cansouthasia.net