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Evidence Based, Low Carbon, Pro-Poor Advocacy on Sustainable Eco-Village Development (EVD).
දකුණු ආසියාවේ අවම කාබන් හා තිරසාර " පරිසර හිතකාමී ගම්මාන සංවර්ධන " ( EVD ) සඳහා සාක්ෂි මත පදනම් කරගත් උපදේශන ව්‍යාපෘති

Project Duration:
The project is 2.5 years in the period of 2015-2017. It started with a kick off meeting in the beginning of April 2015 in India.

Project Objectives:

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the development to reduce poverty in ways that limit greenhouse gas emissions (mitigate climate change) in South Asia.
The intervention objective
 of the project is to influence national decision-makers, including climate negotiators, to be aware of and better include local climate mitigation and adaptation solutions including sustainable EVD as important elements in their climate-related policies and in their proposals for international negotiations, including for climate negotiations. The sustainable EVD include integrated use of local solutions that together can form a low-carbon development path and show a vision for a prosperous development for villages, based on proven, local successes. Most focus will be on villages in rural areas, where the majority of the population lives in South Asia. 


Project Activities: 
The Project will develop a concept for sustainable village development in South Asia, and seeks to communicate it to national and international level to combat climate change. This will be facilitated by a publication on national languages, position papers, national dialogue meetings, publication of INFORSE's newsletter "Sustainable Energy News", and participation of the UN Climate Conferences.
During the project sustainable village development plans will be made in 3 selected villages from each countries. These will be prepared based on an assessment of the situation (resources, potentials) and needs, as well as through dialogues in the villages. Other results will installation of smaller demonstrations in the villages.

Please see the flow of the planed activities in the illustration underneath:



More about the activities:
- Kick Off Meeting and Seminar, April 2015.
- Side Event at the UN Climate Conference in Bonn on June 10, 2015 ( http://www.inforse.org/asia/Conf15_Bonn_side_event_INFORSE_Asia_10_June_2015.htm )
- Policy Brief, Launched at UN Climate Conference Bonn, June 10, 2015 ( http://www.inforse.org/asia/pdf/EVD_Policy_Brief_Bonn_UNFCCC_June10_2015_F.pdf)

IDEA Activities, News and Events on the Project -

Upcoming Events

National Dialogue meeting- 20th October 2015

Village planning meeting 19th september 2015  – Galahitiyagama

IDEA together with Arunalu organized a meeting for the villagers in Galahitiyagama to get the valuable inputs from villagers to structure a village developmet plan. IDEA CEO Mr Amerasekera, IDEA Director board member Mr Leelasena,  IDEA Project coordinator Mr Dumindu Herath, Arunalu Secretary Mr Lional Perera and two external planning consultants conducted the meeting activities with the help of the Rev monk at the local temple who facilitated with the venue for the event. The village meeting participants exceeded 80 and was representative. Some of the most appropriate PRA tools were used to extract the information and feedback from the villagers followed by some dialogue/discussion sessions

Objectives - To facilitate ;

  1. Participants to understand the importance of participatory planning and enable them to use selected participatory planning tools for the formulation of a village level development plan.
  2. Participants to analyse and understand the present socio-economic situation of their community along with resource potentials and reasons for the given situation.
  3. Participants to understand the present status of access to services and their livelihoods in terms of income, expenditure, savings, productivity, efficiency, energy use and carbon emissions along with causes.
  4. Participants to identify possible and feasible solution for the issues identified from above analysis and prioritise them and plan a 3 year programme with objectives, targets and resources required for implementation.



Mr Leelasena of IDEA giving a briefing on the objectives of the meeting        


Villagers involved in the social and resource mapping exercise


Villagers mapping their village,  based on their discussions and conclussions


Mr Jayamuni working on a group on wealth analysis and livelihoods



Group 2 of  villagers involved in another group activity



Mr Leelasena taking feedback on the common village issues from Group 3



Group activity to identify the best crops to grow in the village



Group activity to identfy/analyze the climate of the village- rainfall


Discussions on group activities and other  issues


Parallel to this meeting, IDEA Director Board member and Project officer (Technical) , Mr Lamasena, visited the sites where demonstrations are likely to happen- as identified before during field visits to the village and discussion with the villagers. Some possible demonstration activities were discussed and planned during his visits to the beneficiaries- Household Industrial stoves.

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Mr Lamasena inspecting sites for possible installation activities- Here for a household Industrial stove ,discussing on possible demonstrations with a beneficiary who is in to sweets production


Advocacy event on “Low Carbon Eco Village Development as a solution for Climate change” held on the 16th of July, 2015 in Pallepola.

IDEA together with local partner “Arunulu” organized an advocacy event for the planning and development officials, civil organizations and other relevant stakeholders based in Pallepola and Naula DS divisions. This workshop was to raise awareness on climate change , adaptation and mitigation options and to set the background for the Eco village development project  to be carried out in three villages under the two divisions.  The projects linked to this advocacy are “Evidence Based Advocacy for low-Carbon, pro-poor sustainable” Eco Village Development” (EVD) in South Asia” and “Promoting low carbon developments in Sri Lanka”.



Evidence Based Advocacy for low-Carbon, pro-poor sustainable” Eco Village Development” (EVD) in South Asia- Field visit Matale- 29th May 2015

IDEA personnel- CEO Mr R M Ameresekera and Project Coordinator, DuminduHerath  visited the  three selected villages- Identified to carry out the low carbon demonstrations under the EVD project.  The field visit was hosted by the project local partners “Arunalu Community Development Centre”. IDEA personnel were escorted by Lionel Perera, secretary of Arunalu and Achintha, an Arunalu official. The three villages selected for the demonstrations are Dalupothagama, Galahitiyagama and Hapugasyaya. All three villages are in the Matale district belonging to two DS divisions, Pallepola and Naula. 
Brief gatherings were held at Galahitiyagama and Hapugasyaya. The village gathering at Galahitiyagama was hosted at the village temple where few of the villagers were present. MrAmarasekera briefed the villagers on the EVD project , the effects of Climate change and plans ahead for formal awareness meetings and village planning .With wrapping up of this brief meeting , some of the village households were visited. In Hapugasyaya, MrThilakaratne, one of the development officers of the village hosted a brief meeting with a local Vetrinary official and a few representatives of the local Womens organization. MrTilakaratne, been a local villagers paved us the way to his household and the sustainable solutions he already uses such as Solar power ,Rain water harvesting and Organic farming. Our third destination, Dalupothagama was solely a field visit to explore the location and state of the village. The Personnel were able to talk with one of the representatives of the womens organization and exchange ideas on their livelihood and future project proceedings.



Kickoff workshop :7-12th April, 2015: Evidence Based Advocacy for low-Carbon, pro-poor sustainable” Eco Village Development” (EVD) in South Asia

IDEA personnel, Mr W M Leelasena, NamizMusafer and DuminduHerath took part in the kick off workshop for the Eco Village Development project. This seminar was intended to develop EVD concepts further and develop description of EVD concepts.  Apart from IDEA, organization from Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Denmark took part in this workshop as project partners. Discussions were on development of specific proposals for promotion of EVD in national climate and development policies, so they can be enabling frameworks for local EVD activities. These are specific proposals that the project would advocate on a national level.




Additional Project Information
Project's Aimed Achievements:
1. Establish an evidence base of advocating for EVD and the solutions and methods it includes. This documentation shall explain how EVD and its solutions drive sustainable, local development with poverty reduction and at the same time include climate mitigation and adaptation. This will be verified with the national availability of the evidence-base in publications and in public forum and on the websites of partner organizations.

2. Make solutions, including EVD, that combine climate action and fulfilling of development objectives, known among people and organizations that can influence the national decision-makers and negotiators. These include lower levels of administration (states in India, counties in other countries), national associations and NGOs, political contacts, and to influence climate negotiators also other climate negotiators NGOs active in the negotiations. This will be verified with an analysis of who influences national decision-makers, reports of presentations and dialogue with the relevant people and organizations, as well as with relevant information from them, such as publications and information about their events.

3. Make national decision-makers and climate negotiators aware of solutions, including EVD, that combine climate action and fulfilling of development objectives. This will be verified with reports of presentations and dialogue with the relevant decision-makers and negotiators.

4. Have solutions, such as EVD, that combine climate action and fulfilling of development objectives, included in national priorities for climate negotiations and in national climate actions that govern the framework for local development. This will be verified with reports from meetings with decision-makers and negotiators as well as speeches, positions etc. from them and reports from discussions on national climate actions.

Background of the Project:
The Project is building on the experiences of the participating organisations and two previous NGO cooperation projects:
- Link: Southern Voices on Climate Change Project (2011-2014)
- Link: Sustainable Energy to Poverty Reduction Project (2005-2008)

Contact the NGO project partner in your country.
If you are outside the region, contact INFORSE, INSEDA, DIB or CANSA.
The contacts can be found in the INFORSE database.
The Project is Supported by:
The Danish Grant Facility for NGOs’ development projects, CISU, which is funded by DANIDA.
INFORSE South Asia NGO Cooperation Project Description:
From January 2015 to August 2017, six NGO organisations of INFORSE-South Asia (India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka) cooperate on a joint project to strengthen the advocacy of NGOs to promote sustainable village development to limit climate change, protect environment and reduce poverty. The Project is coordinated by an INFORSE-Europe member organization, DIB, from Denmark. There is cooperation with INFORSE Secretariat and Climate Action Network - South Asia (CANSA), which are Partners of the Project.

The Participating Partners NGO Organizations are: 

Coordinator: DIB: Danish International Settlement Service, Denmark (www.dib.dk)
att. Christian Hedegaard Jensen, Lykke Valentin Kristiansen

India: INSEDA: Integrated Sustainable Energy and Ecological Development Association,
which is also INFORSE South Asia Coordinator (www.inseda.org)
att. Raymond Myles.
AIWC: All India Women's Conference (www.aiwc.org.in)
att. Geeta Sinha, Usha Nair, Kalyani Raj.
WAFD: Women's Action for Development (www.wafdindia.org)
att. Zareen Myles.
Nepal:  CRT: Centre for Rural Technology (www.crtnepal.org)
att. Ganesh Shrestha, Neeraz Shrestha, Lumin Kumar.
Sri Lanka: IDEA: Integrated Development Association (www.ideasrilanka.org)
att. Dumindu Indika Herath, R.M. Amerasekera, Namiz Musafer.
Bangladesh: Grameen Shakti (www.gshakti.org) 
att. Mohammad Mahmodul Hasan.

  International Network for Sustainable Energy (www.inforse.org)
att. Gunnar Boye Olesen, Judit Szoleczky.

   Climate Action Network South Asia(www.cansouthasia.net) 
att. Sanjay Vashist, Anoop Poonia.



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