News and Events

A calendar of major climate change related workshops, conferences and events that we’ve recently participated in or organized:

  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties 22 (COP-22), Marrakech, November 2016:
  • INSEDA participated and presented in a Side Event at the venue on the theme “Ecovillage Development in South Asia”. The topic of the presentation was “How can local solutions support energy access and improved livelihoods?”
  • We also held a two week exhibition on low-cost, pro-poor, low-carbon climate resilient green technologies at the same venue.
  • INSEDA organized a mini side event along with INFORSE at COP-22 called “Eco Village Development as a Low-Carbon Adaptation and Mitigation Strategy for Development in South Asia” with an international group of speakers from Integrated Development Association (Dumindu Herath from IDEA, Sri Lanka), Centre For Rural Technology/Nepal (Shovana Maharjan from CRT/N, Nepal), Grameen Shakti (Mohammad Mahmodul Hasan from Grameen Shakti, Bangladesh), Women’s Action For Development (Zareen Myles from WAFD, India), Climate Action Network South Asia (Santosh Patnaik from CANSA, India).

 

  • Asia Pacific Adaptation Network’s (APAN) 5th Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, Colombo, October 2016

INSEDA moderated a side event on Eco Village Development.

  • Climate Narratives Workshop, New Delhi in December 2016

A package of training and workshops to help test the most effective language and narratives for climate communication. Organized by Climate Outreach, CAN International and CANSA.

  • National Event with Panchayat Heads, Chamba District, Uttarakhand, October 2016

This was a roundtable Discussion organized by WAFD and INSEDA for 15 panchayat heads to brainstorm on how the Eco Village Model can be incorporated in their villages and also how it can fit within their village development objectives.

  • National Dialogue For Policymakers and Practitioners on Eco Village Development Promotion Strategies, Dehradun, June 2016. The First Eco Village Development (EVD) National Stakeholders’ Dialogue in India was held in Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand, on June 28th, 2016. The dialogue was jointly organised by INSEDA, WAFD, INFORSE South Asia and CANSA. It served as a multi-stakeholder forum to share the Eco Village Development concept with various practitioners and policymakers and to brainstorm on the effective mainstreaming of EVD into India and Indian states’ development agenda.The 45 participants were a mix of national climate negotiators, representatives of Indian ministries and the government, researchers, academics, civil society organisations, practitioners, environmental activists, private sector representatives, EVD beneficiaries and journalists. The main objective of this dialogue was to introduce the EVD concept as a model of a protean and integrated approach to development and climate change mitigation and adaptation in India. By involving the beneficiaries in the dialogue and inviting them to share their personal experiences with EVD, it was hoped to create a more user-input driven and consultative map for EVD scale up and concept refinement.By providing a space for a multidisciplinary group to have candid exchanges on environmental and developmental challenges, the dialogue mined some useful strategies for scaling up EVD and enhancing its effectiveness.

You can read the report and findings of the dialogue here.

  • Regional Low Carbon Development Workshop, Colombo,  March 2016
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Climate Change Conference, Bonn 2016

INSEDA participated and presented in a Side Event at the venue on the theme “Ecovillage Development: A Solution to Bridging the Gap between Climate Intentions and Actions”.

  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties 21, Paris, November 2015

INSEDA participated and presented in a Side Event at the venue on the theme Strategies For Meeting India’s INDCs. You can access the powerpoint presentation made for the side event here.

  • Earth Day Even on April 22nd, 2017

INSEDA held an Earth Day Rally and Street Play in New Delhi with presentations on EVD and climate change impacts.

  • Follow up on National Dialogue in June 2017

A dialogue on “Eco Village Development Model: Action for Transformative Change in Energy Access, Livelihoods and Food Security in Rural India” was jointly organized by Integrated Sustainable Energy and Ecological Development Association (INSEDA), Women’s Action For Development (WAFD) and Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) in association with the International Network for Sustainable Energy South Asia on June 8th, 2017.

This multi-stakeholder dialogue comprised of participants from the NGO, policy and private sector. Its objective was to facilitate candid, cross-sectoral conversations on actionable strategies that efficiently and effectively support climate resilient development in rural India, particularly in the sectors of energy access, food security and rural livelihoods and entrepreneurship.

  • The National Round Table  on July 27th, 2017

A National Round Table on ” The Role of Women in Eco Village Development for Sustainability” was held on the 26th of July in New Delhi at the India International Centre. WAFD and INSEDA held the event in association with the Indian government think tank Indian Council For Food and Agriculture (ICFA). There were a total of 49 participants which included women government officials, women rural entrepreneurs, practitioners, leaders of industries and development workers. The event offered the participants the chance to discuss how to effectively mainstream gender within the development context for India.

 

Fostering South-South Cooperation

Promoting national and inter-regional as well as South-South (S-S) and South-North-South (S-N-S) cooperation and network among organisations that are working in the fields of energy, ecology and environment development.

Facilitate Green Technology Transfer

Undertaking appropriate technology transfer in other developing countries; as well as, from other countries to India. Acting as a facilitator for such linkages.

Promote Sustainable Development

Assisting the undertaking of sustainable energy based decentralised power generation, especially in rural areas of the country.