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Advocating for upscaling for local climate solutions as Eco Village Development as a mean to strengthen pro-poor climate agenda in South Asia

Development objective: The overall objective of the project is to strengthen development for reducing poverty in ways that limit greenhouse gas emissions (mitigate climate change) and adapt to climate change in South Asia by better including local climate mitigation and adaptation solutions in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and relevant SDGs, and as well as in proposals from South Asia for international negotiations such as within the UNFCCC.

Intervention objective: 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 in their national implementation plans of the Paris Agreement and relevant SDGs, and as well as in their proposals for and documentation to international negotiations such as the UNFCCC. The local solutions shall be integrated solutions that together can form a low-carbon development path (transition) and visualize a prosperous development for villages, based on proven, local successes, also known as Eco-Village Development (EVD) solutions. Most focus will be on villages in rural areas, where the majority of the population lives in South Asia.

News and Events


National: Expert consultation meeting for developing guidelines for 10000 Bluegreen Villages programme , Organized by IDEA and Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment Venue: IDEA, Kundasale, Date: Monday, 28th May, 9am-2pm. This is in collaboration with the Eco Village Development programme implemented by IDEA since 2015. Purpose: Developing the Guidelines for the Bluegreen Village Development programme

Provincial: Inputs to similar interventions: Central province Public consultation on consumer issues -Street lighting management plan and electricity, drinking water ,and petroleum. 24th May 2018 ,Kandy district office. Dumindu Herath , Project Manager presented ideas representing IDEA – on Energy conservation and better regulating mechanism for the users

International: IDEA representation at the UNFCCC Climate change conference held in May 2018 in Germany .Side event on Eco Village Development and Talanoa Dialogue

National inputs to similar interventions: Launch and Consultative Workshop of the Voluntary Peoples Review on the Sustainable Development Goals
Date: 26th April 2018 Time: 9.00 – 14.00hrs
Venue: Nagarodaya Centre, No 155 1Baseline Road Borella, Colombo 08. IDEA representative : W M Leelasena


National and District: IDEA Awareness raising event  for officials at National Engineering Research and Development Center(NERDC), 05/04/2018 at the Dr Kulasingha Memorial Auditorium, Where Mr Shavi Fernando(Chairman) and Mr Ananda Namal ( Director Generale) participated. The whole event was facilitated by NERD. – around 40 Participants ,Resource person: Mr R M Amerasekara, Executive Director (Resource person), Purpose: To raise awareness on Sustainable development, Climate change , Climate Adaptation and Mitigation, Renewable energy solutions and Rural development solutions such as Eco Village Development and best practices, Paris Agreement

Provincial inputs to similar interventions: Central province public consultation on consumer/user issues related to Electricity, street lighting, Gasoline and Water organized by Public utilities commission of Sri lanka -3rd April 2018, Kandy district secretariat. IDEA Represented by Dumindu Herath , Number of Participants-Approximately 90 People


National Guidelines: Recommendations sent to Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment to help improve and develop the 10000Bluegreen villages guidelines -28th March 2018


National Guidelines: Expert consultation and blugreen village strategic guidelines development workshop , Ministry of Mahaweli development and environment. Expert inputs from Dumindu Herath, Project Manger IDEA and W M Leelasena, Director Board member IDEA. 23rd March 2018 . Number of Experts in the meeting: Around 15

National: Expert Consultation and Proposal development Write-up workshop for 10000 Bluegreen Villages programme- Organized by Ministry of Environment 14/03/2018-IDEA expert inputs from, Project manager, Dumindu Herath and Board Director, Mr W M Leelasena .Number of Experts: 15

Provincial Inputs to similar interventions: Formulation of Greater Kandy urban plan, 3rd stakeholder meeting. Organized by JICA. Dumindu Herath invited as a stakeholder where he put inputs to the Environment plan for Kandy 27/02/2018

Regional, International :"South Asia Regional Meeting "Next Steps Towards Scaling up of Eco Village Development (EVD) Solutions" 12-13 February, 2018. Dhaka , Bangladesh. Main partners and representatives participated: Idea Kandy, Leel Randeni, Ministry of Mahaweli development and Environment, Gunnar B Olesen , Santosh Kumar PatnaikShovana Maharjan ,Judit Szoleczky Lykke Valentin ,Mahmodul Hasan Tareq ,INSEDA, Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) Crt-Nepal ,lINFORSE ,Wafd Organiztion. Mr Leel Randeni joined with IDEA to present the Bluegreen villages programme at the event.


National: Request to Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment to get a representative to present the 10000 Bluegreen villages programme at the EVD regional event held at Dhaka. And the request was fulfilled, the ministry nominating Mr Leel Randeni to represent the government. 16/01/2018

District /Divisional: NGO Progress Review Meeting in Matale District Office, 28/12/2017 , Matale , Participants: Dumindu Herath , Purpose: To Share the EVD experiences through a presentation with the Matale district officials and other local and National, International (OXFAM), NGOs and CBOs. Impacts: Follow-ups by NGOs with experience shared

National: Linking up with Gramashakthi People’s Movement

5-day in-house ToT in Village development planning (PRAs) for Development officers, in the Matale District day 08.12.2017 -12.12.2017 , Organized by IDEA in Collaboration with Matale District Secretariat, Venue- Matale. Purpose: Linking Gramashakthi planning activities with EVD. Capacity building of Village development officials in Matale district to carry our PRAs in villages while training other development officials. Impact: propagation of EVD activities within local government and almost 80% of trainees have made VDPs