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INFORSE South-Asia NGO Cooperation Project
Advocacy on Sustainable Eco-Village Development
2015 - 2017

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 organisation, DIB, from Denmark. There is cooperation with INFORSE Secretariat and Climate Action Network - South Asia (CANSA), which are Partners of the Project.

Project Title:
Evidence Based, Low Carbon, Pro-Poor Advocacy on Sustainable Eco-Village Development (EVD).

News from the Project Activities:

28 June, 2016 - India
Event on Eco-Village Development (EVD)
National Dialogue Meeting in Dehradun, Uttarakhand State, India

Organised by INSEDA/INFORSE-SouthAsia, WAFD and CANSA.

Download: Proceedings (pdf file), which includes introduction, summaries of the speakers, and pictures.

Solar dying in Sr Lanka June 2016
Vegetable drying in Sri Lanka June 2016

21 June, 2016 - Sri Lanka

Vegetables and Fruit Dehydration and Drying Exhibition Demonstration in Matale, Sri Lanka
EVD event Improved Cookstove  Sri Lanka
11 June, 2016 - Sri Lanka

Improved Cookstove Program Event in Dalupothagama, Matale, Sri Lanka
Eco-village Development exhibition Environmental Day June 5 2016 Sri Lanka

Eco-village development model in Sri Lanka Environmental day 2016 Sri Lanka
5 June, 2016 - Sri Lanka

World Environmental Day:
Eco-Village Development (EVD) Exhibition in Sri Lanka
IDEA participated with a stall at the exhibition. The exhibition included the technologies used by the ecovillage development like the successful efficient Anagi cook stove as well as a small-scale model of an "eco-village" to illustrate the development.

UNFCCC SB44 Bonn Side event on eco-village development in South Asia

UNFCCC SB44 side event on Eco-village development in South Asia June 2016

20 May, 2016
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - SB 44
Time: 16:45 - 18:15, Room: Berlin

Title: South Asian Eco-Village Solutions in NDCs and Climate Finance: Renewable Energy, Organic Farming

How can local, village-level development solutions that mitigate climate change be integrated in the climate actions following the COP21: in the NDC's, in climate financing and in the technology mechanism. Presentations from South Asia with successful solutions. International perspective.

Moderator: Lykke Valentin Kristiansen, DIB, Denmark
-- "Eco-Village Development: A Solution to Bridging the Gap Between Climate Intentions and Action".
---Setting the stage in South Asia: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh
---by Kavita Shriya Myles, INFORSE-South Asia & INSEDA, WAFD India. ( PDF file
pdf file, 2.1 MB)
-- INDC of Bangladesh & Approach of Eco-Village Development (EVD) for Achieving Sustainability.
---by M. Mahmodul Hasan, Grameen Shakti, Bangladesh. ( PDF file pdf file, 0.6 MB)

-- Linking Eco Village Development (EVD) to INDCs and National Agendas of Sri Lanka.
- --by Dumindu Indika Herath, IDEA, Sri Lanka. (PDF file
pdf file, 0.8 MB)
-- Accessing Climate Finance for EVD in South Asia
- --by Anoop Poonia, CAN South Asia. (PDF file pdf file, 0.6 MB)

-- EVD as Climate Solution in South Asia: Local Solutions Technology Needs, Mitigation Effects;
----Launch of Updated Publication, and Policy Brief.
- --by Gunnar Boye Olesen, INFORSE. (PDF file
pdf file, 0.4 MB)

- _Program Leaflet (PDF file pdf, 1 page, 334 kB)
- _Full Proceedings at INFORSE at UNFCCC SB 44.

EVD Publication May 2016 - EVD Policy Brief 2016
20 May, 2016

Launch: Updated Eco-Village Development (EVD) Publication and Policy Brief -
Both Available NOW !!

-_ Publication: Eco-Village Development as Climate Solution -
_Proposals from South Asia -
__Second Edition published: May 2016
__Link to Publication's Contents
__Download: Final (3rd) edition - August 2016: (PDF file pdf file, 60 pages, 3.8 MB)
-_ Policy Brief - May 20, 2016
(PDF file pdf file, 3 pages, 305 kB)
EVD Project Group
17-21 May, 2016

Eco-Village Development (EVD) Project Group at the UNFCCC SB44 in Bonn, Germany
EVD Dialogue Meeting in Nepal May 2016
EVD Dialogue Meeting in Nepal May 2016
EVD eco-village model in Nepal

9 May, 2016 - Nepal

Seminar and Nepalese National Dialogue Meeting on Eco-Village Development (EVD)
More than 50 people pariticpated at the event organised by CRT-Nepal.

Download the 16-page Proceedings (1.44 MB pdf file), which includes introduction, summaries of the speakers, list of participants, and pictures.

At the event, there was a small-scale model of an "eco-village" to illustrate the different technologies and development to the audience. (See on the photo to the left).

Sustainable Energy News No 78 2016 incl theme South Asia eco-village development
• May, 2016

Theme in Sustainable Energy News, Issue no. 78:
Eco-Village Development as Climate Solutions in South Asia: Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka

Download the 4-page theme article:
PDF file (EVD 5-page article)

Download the full issue from INFORSE's web site Sustainable Energy News. PDF file

December 3, 2015 - UNFCCC COP21 Side Event, Blue Zone, Paris, France
- Title: Fair Low/Zero Carbon & 100% RE Strategies, South & North Countries, Villages, including Women's Initiatives

- Session on Eco-village Developments in South Asia:
-- Moderator: Gunnar Boye Olesen, INFORSE

-- Key Parts of Climate and Development Solutions in South Asia
-- by Kavita Shriya Myles, INSEDA, INFORSE South Asia PDF file (pdf 1.0 MB)
-- Integrating into Local Developments
---by Namiz M. Musafer, IDEA, Sri Lanka PDF file (pdf 1.5 MB)
-- Extending Successful Local Energy Solutions
-- by M. Mahmodul Hasan, Grameen Shakti, Bangladesh PDF file (pdf 0.9 MB kB)
-- Using to Reconstruction of Villages after the Earthquake
-- by Ganesh Ram Shresta, CRT, Nepal
PDF file (pdf 2.0 MB)

The event was co-organised by INFORSE, AIWC, negaWatt, and NFVE, and had 3 sessions.
Read the Side Event's full Program (1-page leaflet). and full Proceedings.
Policy Brief EVD to UNFCCC COP"1-- Publication Eco Village DEvelopment in South Asia

December 3, 2015 - UNFCCC COP21 Side Event, Blue Zone, Paris, France

Eco-village Development as Climate Solution, Proposals from South Asia
PDF file Policy Brief (0.5MB, 6 pages)

Launch of the Eco-Village Development Concept
- First Edition: December 3, 2015. We are collecting comments, and this first version will be revised.
The publication was updated in May and August, 2016. (See

Eco-Village Development smal scale model at COP21
• December, 2015 - UNFCCC COP21, Paris, France

Exhibition stall in the UNFCCC Building's Blue Zone:
Eco-Village Model including greenhouse, solar drier, efficient cook stove, garden waste compost container, cows, biogas, house with solar cell.

The exhibition was a cooperation among INFORSE, AIWC, and the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy. The eco-village model was eye catching, and raised high interest among visitors. The exhibition was also a meeting place and a good contact point for dissemination of the Project's brochure, Policy Brief and Publication, which were available with Q-R code download also.
More pictures of the
exhibition: PDF file (pdf, 0.5 MB, 1 page).
3-page pdf Article on Eco village Development in SEN December 2015

• December, 2015

Article on the Eco-Village Development Project in Sustainable Energy News, Issue No. 77

Download the article:
PDF file (pdf 0,6 MB, 3 pages)

Download the full issue from INFORSE's web site Sustainable Energy News.

Project partners at UNFCCC COP21 Paris
• November 29, 2015

Mid-term EVD Project Meeting
The meeting took place just before the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris, France
EVD project presentation Denmatk Mirror of the World  August 2015
August 30, 2015 - Aarhus, Denmark
Presentations and Debate during the Danish "Mirror of the World" Festival.
The event was co-organized by the Danish INFORSE member organization, DIB, which is coordinator of the Project.
The introduction was made by Lykke Valentin Kristensen from DIB. The Project was presented by Kavita Myles from INSEDA, India, on low-energy solutions and eco-villages in South Asia and by Sanjay Vashist from CANSA lobbying for climate action and development on the global political arena. They were followed by a debate based on the presentations. Beside the EVD Project's' presentations, Jane Kruse from the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy also presented their activities in Africa. Finn Tobiesen from the Danish Organisation "SustainableEnergy" was moderator of the event. More: Event Program at DIB.

Gramen Shakti Logo UNFCCC logo

August 20, 2015 - Bangladesh
News from Mohammad Mahmodul Hasan, Grameen Shakti:
Success on Advocacy: Grameen Shakti is going to get the the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) fund as recognized of it Solar Home System dissemination all over Bangladesh. It has taken almost 2 years to the success. Around 182,000 UN-Certified Emission Reductions (CER) has been issued in favor of Grameen Shakti for replacing fossil fuel kerosene and sustainable development for low-carbon future.
More: UNFCCC CDM and an Article "Growing Solar Home System Earns Bangladesh UN fund; First in the World" 4-page article ( pdf file, 0.2 MB) in a leading Daily Newspaper in Bangladesh
Village planning meeting  sri lanka September 2016
September 19, 2015 - Galahitiyagama, Sri Lanka
Village Planning Meeting
IDEA together with the local partner, Arunalu, organized a meeting for the villagers to get the valuable inputs from villagers to structure a village development plan. 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.
Read more at IDEA's home page "News"
Eco Village advocay event 2015 Sri Lanka
July 15, 2015 - Matale, Sri Lanka
Eco-Village Development (EVD) Advocacy Event
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. The workshop was to raise awareness on climate change, adaptation and mitigation options and set the background for the EVD project to be carried out in three villages under the two divisions.
Read: Proceedings (pdf file 2.5 MB)
UNFCCC SB42 side event on Eco-village development June 2015
UNFCCC SB42 side enet on ecovillage development June 2015

June 10, 2015 - Bonn, Germany

Project Presented at INFORSE - UNFCCC Side Event in Bonn - SBI 42 Pre Conference to COP21 in Paris.
Read more: Proceedings.

Policy Brief: "Eco-village Development as Climate Solution"
Download Policy Brief, 4 pages. (pdf, 0.2 MB)

EVD kick off meeting 2015 India
EVD Kick Off meeting 2015 India

April 2015 - New Delhi and North India

Kick-off Project Meeting and Seminar on "Advocacy on Sustainable Village Development" 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'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 web sites 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.

Project Activities:

The Project develops 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 are made in 3 selected villages from each countries. These are prepared based on an assessment of the situation (resources, potentials) and needs, as well as through dialogues in the villages. Other results will be the installation of smaller demonstrations in the villages.

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

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)

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.


Contact of the participating NGOs and supporting NGOs

List of Participating NGOs:
DIB DEnmark logo
Coordinator of the Project:
DIB: Danish International Settlement Service
Web: and DIB - EVD Project Link
att. Lykke Valentin Kristiansen
, Paul Erik Bidinger
INFORSE:-International Network for Sustainable Energy
Web: and INFORSE - EVD Project Link
att. Gunnar Boye Olesen, Judit Szoleczky
South Asia
INFORSE-South Asia logo
INFORSE-South Asia
Web: and INFORSE-SA - Project Link
att. Raymond Myles, INSEDA, India
South Asia
CANSA logo
CANSA: Climate Action Network - South Asia
Web: and CANSA - EVD Project Link
att. Sanjay Vashist, Anoop Poonia
Grameen Shakti India logo
Grameen Shakti
Web: and GS - EVD Project Link
att. Mohammad Mahmodul Hasan, Fazley Rabbi
INSEDA India logo
INSEDA: Integrated Sustainable Energy and Ecological Development Association
Web: and INSEDA - EVD Project Link
att. Raymond Myles, Kavita Myles
AIEC India logo
AIWC: All India Women's Conference
att. Geeta Sinha, Usha Nair, Kalyani Raj
WAFD India logo
WAFD: Women's Action for Development
Web: and WAFD - EVD Projects Link (under construction)
att. Zareen Myles
CRT Nepal logo
CRT: Centre for Rural Technology
and CRT - Project Link
-att. Ganesh Shrestha, Niraj Shrestha, Lumin Kumar
Sri Lanka
IDEA Sri Lanka Llogo
IDEA: Integrated Development Association
Web: and IDEA - EVD Project Link
att. Dumindu Indika Herath, R.M. Amerasekera, Namiz Musafer
Financial Supporter of the Project:
CISU Denmark logo

Fund for Climate and Environment administered by CISU - Civil Society in Development (, which is an association of 280+ Danish non-profit, membership-based NGOs / CSOs. The Fund is financed by DANIDA.