Eco village Development
The Eco Village Development (EVD) is a concept that was conceived and implement by WAFD together with it’s technical partner INSEDA in 2007
WAFD has been working in promoting eco village development in a few villages in India. Ten years ago the effects of climate change had already seriously started affecting the lives of people specially the women in the sub Himalayan State of Uttarakhand in north India. All able bodied men were migrating to the cities in search of jobs or joined the armed forces, as farming and livelihoods were no longer feasible due to increasing vagaries of weather. Women were left in the villages and their burden of work increased. They took care of the subsistence farming, fetching water, fodder, looked after the animals, while also taking care of children and old people in the house.
In order to reduce the burden of women and help them overcome the effects of climate change INSEDA with inputs from WAFD designed simple user friendly technologies for the women, which are low carbon, affordable, green technologies using bamboo as a base.
These are solar dryers for domestic use, to dry their extra produce in a clean and hygienic manner, rain roof water harvesting tanks , solar poly green house to grow vegetables and raise saplings, special improved hybrid cook stoves which stop indoor smoke pollution as well as reduce outdoor pollution by at least 80%. Simple biogas plants are also introduced where possible, simple compost making baskets.
These solutions are a mix of technologies together with organic farming, organic kitchen gardening which help to improve livelihoods..
Our focus on forming women’s groups helps develop a sense of solidarity among them, the self help groups make access to small credit possible and dependency on external moneylenders is eliminated. The women help each other and have become aware of the environment around them, and can take simple protective measures where possible.
Today we are really happy that for the past 2 years this EVD program is also being implemented in 4 South Asian Countries of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh by 4 NGO’s which are members of INFORSE South Asia.(International Network For Sustainable Energy ) supported by DIB a Danish NGO.
The activities involved in this project are:
The EVD-South Asia project is being funded by CISU (Civil Society in Development), Denmark which provides financial support to development projects of NGOs. CISU funded this project through the partner NGO, DIB (Danish International Human Settlement Service) based in Aarhus, Denmark.
Our Project Partners for the EVD-South Asia project
Some EVD Publications
- You can read the issue of Sustainable Energy News (Issue 79) here. This is the newsletter published by the INFORSE Network. The last three issues (77, 78 and 79 have features and news on the EVD project).
- Sustainable Energy News (Issue 78).
- Sustainable Energy News, Issue 77.
- Newspaper clippings from India
- Report on National Dialogue on Eco Village Development as a Strategy for Climate Resilient Sustainable Development for India
- Working Paper on Scaling up Eco Village Development
- You can learn much more about the EVD concept in detail along with some great case studies and policy recommendations in this comprehensive EVD publication that the project partners collectively developed.
- You can also read this EVD publication in Hindi here.
- Read the concept note on bamboo based climate resilient EVD technologies that was prepared by INSEDA.
- Interview with Discourse Media on Energy Access
- COP 21 Policy Brief
- You can read some of our EVD case studies showing the positive impact it has had on the beneficiaries social and economic wellbeing.
- You can also learn more about various other EVD strategies related to food production and agriculture in our collection of papers here and here.
- You can read about EVD publication by The Third Pole here.