Through two previous projects, the project partners in this proposed intervention have been demonstrating, building up the evidence, advocating for Eco-Village Development in South Asia and for scaling up the concept on a larger scale. The EVD concept combines a number of local solutions for poverty reduction within sustainable energy, water management, agriculture, and housing. External evaluations and feedback have found the Eco-Village Development (EVD) concept highly relevant, especially at household and community level. Combined, the solutions have been able to provide an approach to mobilize the energy and resources needed for a development out of poverty for rural villages with minimal greenhouse emissions, sparking a prosperous vision for the sustainable development of rural areas.
The overall objective of the intervention is to identify four new areas/climate zones in South Asia and their relevant stakeholders ready for Eco-Village Development (EVD) implementation by the end of the intervention. In Nepal, study has been carried out in Bhalumara village, ward. No. 3 of Marin rural Municipality (MRM), Sindhuli, Province no. 3, which lies in a Lower Flat land. Target group are representatives of Marine rural municipality, development officer, and other community based organization working in that area.
Supported by: CISU/DiB, Denmark
Specific objectives are as follow:
- Four feasibility studies have been developed for four new areas/climate zones in South Asia, one for each country.
- Relevant stakeholders with the multiplier opportunity, such as development officers, local and district government’s bodies, NGO’s etc., have increased their knowledge about and capacity in how to implement the EVD concept and approach.
- The partners have identified if and how a social enterprise model for Eco-Village Development can be developed for policy makers and investors/businesses.
- The partners have expanded the resource pool of engaged partner organizations outside the renewable energy sector in all four countries for broader scope of involvement and inclusion.
Project Period: August 2019- July 2020
- Three-stage data collection at project site (rural municipality, ward and village cluster) has identified feasible EVD solutions. Such as solar water lifting, ICS, RWH, Plastic tunnel and micro-irrigation solutions, organic farming.
- Moderately feasible solutions were solar street light, solar dryer, biochar, cowshed management, and plastic ponds.
- Regarding capacity building training, the community wanted to have training on modern farming practices, vegetable farming, marketing for agro-produce and animal husbandry.
- The local stakeholders from the Government, CBOs/NGOs, private sectors, and MFIs were trained on use of PRA approach to develop an eco-village plan.
- At national level new organizations have been mapped and expanded to engage in the future intervention.