Workshop Report on Eco-Village Development (EVD) Concept: Low Carbon Approach to Climate Solution and Rural Development

Center for Rural Technology, Nepal (CRT/N) has been piloting implementation of Eco Village Development (EVD) concept to develop eco-villages in three villages of Kavrepalanchwok district namely Sikrigyang-9 village, Chalal VDC, Ladkhu-Chanaute village, Dhungkharkha VDC and Chyamragbesi-2 village, Chamrangbesi VDCwithin the regional project ”Evidence Based Advocacy for Low-Carbon, Pro-Poor Sustainable Eco- Village Development (EVD) in South Asia”. The project is being implemented in India, Bangladesh, Srilanka and Nepal supported managerially by DIB and financially by CISU, Denmark. The results obtained from piloting EVD concept are astounding and the outcome does make a strong case for replicating the concept to other rural villages of Nepal. In the aftermath of earthquake when whole nation is working in order to ensure rehabilitation of Nepal Earthquake, 2015 victims, incorporating EVD concept in rehabilitation activities can contribute in resurrecting the lost livelihood of earthquake victims. EVD concept will be able to generate more localized solution reducing cost of implementation and generating greater output with values.

In recent times Nepal has taken significant steps regarding implementation of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) whose main objectives are in line with first three targets of goal 7 of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) that advocates ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. Ministry of Federal Affairs and Development has published Environment Friendly Local Governance Framework (EFLG), 2013 which has highlighted role of renewable energy in reducing GHG emission, reduction in poverty and sustainable rural development. The EVD Concept has the potential to contribute in meeting the targets of national policies and programs as EVD Concept will emphasize on promoting rural energy application for enhancement of rural livelihood. EVD concept being low-carbon approach to climate solution and enhancing rural livelihood will defintely contribute in development of rural sector in climate friendly manner. The current plans and policies of the government make a strong case for integrating EVD concept with national development endeavors.