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  • Interaction with students on Climate Change in Paderu and Addateegala areas
    March - 2017

  • Climate Change and Sustainable Development orientation meetings with the Small Christian Community (SCC) Mumbai.
    4th March - 2017

    Climate Change and Sustainable Development orientation meetings with the Small Christian Community (SCC) animators of the Central Suburbs Deanery of the Archdiocese of Mumbai

  • Festival on Bio-Diversity
    2nd March - 2017

    Festival on Bio-Diversity Program in Addateegala, East Godavari District and Paderu, Visakhapatnam District

  • Community Health Practitioners skill upgradation training at Vanantharam, Addateegala & Paderu :
    30th January & 19th - 21st February - 2017

  • Publication of Report on Energy Access and Energy Security
    th February - 2017

    A report by K Koteswara Rao, Coordinator, Natural Resource Management Unit was published in the joint report 2015 by Climate Action Network – International. (report link)

  • Sustainably Smart Cities
    18th February - 2017

    LAYA in collaboration with Samuchit Enviro Tech organized a round table discussion on ‘Sustainably Smart Pune’. LAYA and Samuchit have been engaged in a pilot study project towards making Pune a Sustainable City by 2030. The meeting highlighted a methodology on how to incorporate socio-economic equity and ecological concerns in the urban planning process in the context of Pune city. Similar studies are being undertaken in Visakhapatnam and New Delhi.
  • Climate Change Adaptations Programme at Hosur
    16th - 18th February - 2017

    Mr K Koteswara Rao and Ms A Padmavathi participated in the “Programme on Climate Change Adaptation” at Hosur, Tamil Nadu organized by Bankers Institute of Rural Development, (BIRD).

  • Climate Change Programme for Young Green Entrepreneurs
    16th February - 2017

    A one day workshop on ‘Climate Change Programme for Young Green Entrepreneurs’ was organized by Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change (INECC) in collaboration with LAYA and Samuchit Enviro Tech at BAIF, Pune. The main focus of the meeting was to explore the unique areas where entrepreneurs who are promoting environmental responsibility could come together to better understand innovative methods of supporting and scaling green innovations and to explore opportunities to better support the needs of young green entrepreneurs.
  • Yuva Drishti at Varanasi
    11th & 12th February - 2017

    Laya, in collaboration with the Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change (INECC), Department of Economics, Banaras Hindu University and Social Action and Research Centre (SARC) organized a two day youth program: “Climate Change Action: We can Make A Difference”

    We had a participant group of about 140 students over the two days comprising undergraduates, graduates, post graduates and doctorates. They were introduced to topics like basics of climate science, climate justice issues, international and national policies, and how to build a campaign.

    We are looking at a long term engagement with Banaras Hindu University in the future.

  • Orientation for teachers on Climate Change and Sustainable Development
    10th February - 2017

    A one-day teachers’ Orientation programme on Climate Change and Sustainable Development was organised in collaboration with Vikas Evam Shikshan Sansthan (VESS) and WH Smith School of Varanasi. The event was attended by 68 teachers from across 16 schools of Varanasi. Other representatives like the District Commissioner, Rotary club representatives, an eminent lawyer and a Padma Shree awardee were also present for the programme.

    The orientation highlighted the following:

    • The need to respond to knowledge gaps on Climate Change and sustainable development among teachers
    • The need to help teachers explore these link to the subjects being taught
    • The urgency to create curriculums to integrate knowledge on Climate Change.
  • MISEREOR Partner Workshop on Resource Mobilisation
    7th - 9th February - 2017

    MISEREOR organized a three day workshop on Resource Mobilization and Communication. The objective of the workshop was to strengthen the financial independence of partner organizations and to discuss about the challenges and opportunities of resource mobilization. Siddharth D’Souza and Myron Mendes took part in the workshop.

  • Installation of Bio-sand water filter at Paderu
    26th January - 2017

  • Tribal Youth Farmers’ certification training programme on Climate Resilient Agriculture
    24th January - 2017

  • One day orientation meeting on crash literacy programme in Boddgunta village, Chintalapudi
    24th January - 2017

  • Organized a stall on Millets at an Exhibition at Sagara Sambaralu, Kakinada
    January - 2017

    The Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr Chinna Rajappa visited the stall

  • LAYA Facilitated Tarpaulins for Farmers
    January - 2017

    The Natural Resource Management Unit of LAYA facilitated tarpaulins for farmers involved in growing millets from the Department of Agriculture at a subsidiary price.

  • WASSAN and Laya team visited Back Yard Poultry Breeder Farm
    10th January - 2017

    Watershed Support Services and Activity Network (WASSAN) and Laya team visited Backyard Poultry Breeder Farms to propose sites for feasibility in Addateegala and Y Ramavaram mandals.

  • Inauguration of Hydro Ram Pumps in Sariyapalli
    9th January - 2017

    Inauguration of Hydro ram pumps in Sariyapalli Village, by Sarpanch and Mandal Perished Territorial Constituency (MPTC) of Sikari Panchayat Peddabayulu Mandal benefitting 25 families.

  • Follow up visit on cookstoves and water filters study project by a team from Colorado University, Denver
    6th - 12th January - 2017

    A one day preparatory meet was organized to reflect on the study process and share current insights. The Denver team also visited the field area and had several focus group meetings with improved stove and water filter users, control groups, installers and manufacturers and also observed fuel collection activities.

  • Climate Change Awareness Programme Organized at Ashram Schools
    27th - 29thDecember - 2016

    Climate change awareness programme organized at Ashram Schools of Mangampadu, Gurthedu and Daragadda Villages of Y Ramavaram Mandal.

  • Organized village level meetings on Backyard Poultry Cultivation
    27th - 29th December - 2016

    Organized village level meetings in Mangampadu, Gurthedu, PM Lanka, Pathakota and Chintalapudi clusters on Backyard Poultry Cultivation

  • Inauguration of A.P. MARKFED Millets Procurement Centre
    19th December - 2016

    Inauguration of A.P. MARKFED (Andhra Pradesh State Co-operative Marketing Federation Ltd) Millets procurement centre in Mangampadu village by Boddagandi Mutually Aided Cooperative Societies (MACS) representatives, Sarpanch and Mandal Praja Mandal Perished Territorial Constituency (MPTC).

  • A three – days workshop on “Education for Sustainable Development”
    8th - 10th December - 2016

    With an objective to strengthen responses to Climate Change, a three-day workshop on “Education for Sustainable Development” was co-organized by Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change (INECC) – Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) and National Coalition for Education (NCE) at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi. A first of its kind for Educators from across 11 states of India, the workshop explored the fundamental links between Growth – Development and Climate Change and the crucial role of educators in promoting effective engagement of students, children, youth and other stakeholders to accelerate progress towards sustainable development, contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and to the Doha Work Programme under the Paris Agreement.
  • Decarbonised and Decentralised Energy Future possible for India - The Energy Equity Link
    30th November - 2016

    A one day expert consultation on” How is a Decarbonised and Decentralised Energy Future possible for India - The Energy Equity Link” was co-organised by INECC- LAYA and MISEREOR. The consultation examined the current state of play of the Energy landscape in India, reflected on future Energy scenarios posited by various modeling groups and highlighted the value of community based decentralised renewable energy projects undertaken in several parts of the country. In the backdrop of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) being on the brink of releasing a new Energy policy for India which is expected to form the basis of India’s energy security paradigm, this consultation found it crucial for the new energy paradigm to be embedded in the principles of equity and justice, not only domestically but also internationally and to proactively move forwards in a direction that speaks for justice, job creation and sustainable economic development.
  • Collaboration on Rural Water Supply Scheme on hydrams
    20th November - 2016

    The LAYA team has been collaborating with the local government since August 2016 on installation of 4 hydrams in two villages, Chapadi and Koithguda in Ananthagiri and one ram pump in Kummariputtu village in Paderu mandals. The hydram in Paderu was completed by November end. The hydrams provide drinking water facility at the village level. More such sites are being located.
  • 300 students and 35 teachers from 3 High schools visit Vanantharam
    20th November - 2016

    Standard IX students from 3 Zilla Parishad High Schools, Mugalikuduru, Muramanda and Kesanapalli visited Vanantharam as part of their botanical tour organized by the schools.
  • Participating in an All India Meet and Herbal Exhibition at Jamshedpur
    15th - 19th November - 2016

    TATA Steel, Jamshedpur organized an event “Adivasi Samvad” where 14 States participated. For this event, 12 traditional healers from East Godavari and Paderu districts accompanied by 2 Laya team members participated. The Herbal Based Health Care team organised a herbal exhibition during this event.

  • Revival of Millets Programme
    15th November - 2016

    As part of the comprehensive revival of millets programme (CRMP) where LAYA’s role is to revive production, consumption, processing and marketing of millets, Laya facilitated a meeting with Community managed seed system stakeholders and APMarkfed. The meeting took place at Vanantharam and the focus was on production and marketing of millets.
  • Two-day Meet by the Adivasi Sangala Samakya
    8th & 9th November - 2016

    This programme was attended by 130 Adivasi members from 40 CBOs from East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts. The focus was mainly on issues relating to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), Right to Information (RTI), Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas (PESA), Recognition of Forest Rights (ROFR) etc.

  • Australian Students on an exposure visit to Vanantharam
    17-21st October - 2016

    Five Australian students accompanied by one of the INECC team members visited our area to gain insights into an indigenous region in the Indian context. The exposure comprised visiting villages, gaining insights into sustainable development measures at the grassroots level and deliberating on issues and perspectives for such engagement.

  • Bore-well Repair Training Programme
    14-20th October - 2016

    A one-week training program on “bore-well repair” for 19 youth was held at Boddamanuguda in Kurupam mandal, Vizianagaram district. The programme included theory and practical training on how to repair and maintain bore wells pumps: structure of borewells, common problems in operation, how to identify and rectify the problems.
  • Participation in Fact finding team on tribal land issues
    16tth October - 2016

    Mr Chandra Kumar, Former Justice of AP High Court and Palla Trinadha Rao, Advocate as part of a two-member fact finding team, conducted a public hearing on tribal land issues in West Godavari agency area at the request of the Andhra Pradesh Girijana Sangham (APGS). The public hearing was organized at the ITDA hall, KR Puram. The team also took a tour of the tribal village to collect the fact from the tribal land losers. The team recommended to the government for the resolution of the tribal land issue. Some of the petitions were forwarded to the Chairman of the District Legal Services Authority, West Godavari district, Eluru for an enquiry.

  • South Asian Campaign Climate Trackers Advocacy Programme
    14-16th October - 2016

    D. Lova Raju from the Laya team was selected to participate in an innovative training programme for young climate trackers held at Colombo from October 14 – 16, 2016 on developing skills on climate advocacy and journalism. The training was an excellent experience. He also had an opportunity to subsequently participate in the 5th Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum “Adapting and Living below 2°C: Bridging the Gaps in Policy & Practice” from October 17 – 19, 2016.

  • Meeting the Somanapalem Panchayat representatives on Strategic Action Plans
    2nd October - 2016

    There has been a consistent effort towards developing a data base of Addateegala mandal in the last year so as to promote panchayats to prepare their own micro action plans such that decisions may be made by officials keeping local priorities in mind. One of the key pilot villages identified for this purpose was Somanapalem panchayat. The photograph presents the interaction of our Coordinator with the key Panchayat influencers.

  • Desi Backyard Poultry Programme
    1st October - 2016

    Laya Paderu was selected as a field partner with the Department of Animal Husbandary to promote the “desi back yard poultry programme” in Peddabayalu Mandal of Visakhapatnam District. The lead technical agency for this programme is the Watershed Support Services and Activities Network (WASSAN).

  • Zero budget natural farming
    22nd September - 2016

    Laya has been selected to partner with the local government agency for facilitating the zero budget natural farming programmes in the adivasi region of East Godavari and Visakha Districts

  • Workshop on Climate Change for PRI representatives
    15th & 16th September - 2016

    22 youth leaders comprising 15 ward members, 3 Sarpanches, 2 Vice-sarpanches and 2 from the Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies (MPTC) participated in a workshop on Climate Change.

  • Training on Herbarium
    27th August - 2016

    A two day training programme for the Mother Teresa college students was organized at Vanantharam on preparation of herbaria for 47 women students.

  • Youth Leadership Orientation Programme
    26th August - 2016

    This one day programme was organized at Polla in Srikakulam with 47 adivasi participants with a main focus on personality development, community mobilization, communication skills & understanding of community issues.

  • Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day
    9th August - 2016

    Several meetings were organized on the occasion of the Indigenous People’s Day in various locations of our working area:

    The Youth Empowerment unit organized events in two villages Kakaraguda and Thabeluvalasa at Srikakulam district comprising 91 tribal youth, about 50% of whom were young women. Discussions centred around emerging issues pertaining to lifestyle and cultural changes and the need for pursuing implementation of protective legislations.

    The Human Rights Centre of RLA in collaboration with a collective of 5 adivasi organisations held a meeting at Buttayagudem, West Godavari District where several of the adivasi representatives presented their concerns.

    The team at Paderu organized a meeting at Aradimetta village, Paderu with 70 participants, mainly CBO and village representatives on concerns around sustainable agriculture, herbal based health care, legal assistance, government schemes and energy efficient technology.

    The team at Addateegala facilitated a meeting with about 100 adivasi representatives at Jangalathota village, Chamagadda Panchayat, Y. Ramavaram Mandal focusing on the legal provisions protective of adivasi habitats.
  • Inter-Centre Event: July 18th-19th 2016 at Visakhapatnam
    July 2016

    As part of our commitment towards promoting inclusive growth and sustainable development of cities LAYA in collaboration with INECC is facilitating pilot case studies in three cities of India: Pune,

    Visakhapatnam and New Delhi. These pilot studies are expected to develop a road map to meet critical needs such as energy access, mobility, housing, water and sanitation, cooking etc., from the perspective of sustainable development goals.

    This event involved a sharing between the partners engaged in the study process followed by an interactional meeting with some knowledgeable persons at Visakhapatnam

    The study process will involve both primary and secondary data generation culminating in a report. The reports will be disseminated and shared among civil society and government representatives. A policy brief will be developed drawing out policy implications.
  • Plastic Free Addateegala
    June 2016

    Plastic free Addateegala campaign was initiated by the local LAYA team in collaboration with the Addateegala Gram Panchayat. The campaign turned out to be a huge success. Posters, audio and video aids were utilised effectively in creating public awareness. The key objective of the campaign was to reduce and reuse plastic. The campaign finally resulted in the Panchayat deciding to ban plastic bags and glasses. A fine of Rs. 500 has been imposed by the Panchayat for violations of the ban.

  • Collaboration with Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA)
    April 2016

    ATMA is becoming increasingly responsible for the technology dissemination of activities at the district level. It has linkage with all the line departments, research organizations, non-governmental organizations and agencies associated with agricultural development in the district. Laya is one of the NGOs identified by ATMA to collaborate in the East Godavari District. Hence Laya entered into an MOU with ATMA on demonstrating turmeric and maize in homestead lands with 100 farmers, mixed millets and cultivation of pulses with 15 farmers, hill broom cultivation with 5 farmers and integrated farming system with one progressive farmer.

    Laya has also entered into another MOU as Facilitating agency for a five year project at Y.Ramavaram Mandal of East Godavari District on ‘Comprehensive Revival of Millets Project’.
  • Training workshop for Developing ‘Writing Skills’
    11-13 April 2016

    The Youth and Women’s Empowerment unit organized a three day training workshop for interested youth from Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts. The theme of the workshop was on developing writing skills: reporting writing, story writing, press note writing etc. Mr Santharao, a resource person and Mr. Mallik from the Documentation unit facilitated this program. Live examples were used to educate participants in this ‘learning by doing workshop’. Participants were awarded with certificates.

  • Climate change Education Program in Schools
    April 2016

    Decentralized Renewable Energy Options and The Youth and Women’s Empowerment units undertook sessions on climate change in D.Bhimavaram and Dalipadu schools of Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts.

  • Energy, Disaster and Development Challenges in Nepal- Lessons for SAARC
    31 March 2016

    LAYA-INECC organized a project partner's meeting and a network meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal from the 28th till the 31st of March. A panel presentation on “Energy, Disaster and Development Challenges in Nepal- Lessons for SAARC" was organized on the 30th of March with participation from local Nepal based CSOs. A day long field visit to Lele VDC and the Cha Khola catchment in Indrawati sub basin provided the participants an opportunity for learning and exchange for strengthening Community resilience to Climate Change.

  • Climate Change Programme for Adivasi Women from Self Help Groups
    24 March 2016

    A programme for adivasi women from self-help groups was organized in four districts namely Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram. The main objective of the programme was to share experiences on climate impacts and to sensitize adivasi women on climate friendly local technologies. Deliberations on the need to approach the local officials to support such technologies also took place.

    The following topics were covered in the workshops:

    1. What is Climate change and why does it occur?
    2. Impact of Climate change on adivasi communities and implications for women
    3. Impact of climate change on biodiversity and agriculture
    4. How to mitigate?
    5. Adivasi lifestyle and adaptation
    6. Climate friendly technologies

    The participants also had the opportunity to locally relevant films on climate change.

  • Alternate Education: 5 Day Literacy Program
    Dated On : 23rd , 24th December, 2015
    23rd January, 2016

    The Youth and Women’s Empowerment unit organized a 5 day literacy program at Laya Paderu field office. 20 Adivasi women from different age groups participated. Basic knowledge on Telugu characters, signing, words, reading sentences and writing were covered depending on varying capacities of the participants. Issues of climate impacts, health problems and precautions, efficient wood stove usage for cooking and drinking water problems were also discussed.

  • Safeguarding land rights of Adivasis
    Dated On : 31 Mar 2016

    Resource for legal Action (RLA), a unit of Laya succeeded in restraining the Andhra Pradesh government from giving eligibility to adivasis who are in possession of lands in the scheduled areas to get housing scheme through Andhra Pradesh Housing Development Corporation. This is to safeguard the implementation of protective land transfer regulations which prohibits transfer of lands not only between ‘tribals’ and ‘non- tribals’ but also among the ‘non- tribals’ in the scheduled areas. The cases were facilitated by RLA at the High Court and Supreme Court levels.

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