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  • Installation of ‘Plastic’ Bio-sand filters at Vanantaram
    24th April - 2017

    Installation of ‘Plastic’ Bio-sand filters at Vanantharam as a pilot

  • Annual General Body meeting of Traditional Health Practitioners (THPs)
    31st March - 2017 & 18th April - 2017

    Traditional Health Practitioners (THPs) General Body meeting cum Herbal Exhibition was held at Addateegala, East Godavari district with a participation of 70 THPs followed by a Network Annual General Body meeting of THPs in Paderu, Visakhapatnam district.

  • A meeting on Corporate Conclave on Sustainable Development and Climate Change
    18th April - 2017

    Laya – INECC in collaboration with Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra (NBJK) organization a half-a-day meeting on Corporate Conclave on Sustainable Development and Climate Change in Ranchi. The meeting was set up to understand the corporate scenario when it comes to CSR funding and the different prospects that an NGO can create to engage with CSR funding from an environmental lens.

  • Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation, Kathmandu
    17th - 21st April - 2017

    Two of our team members participated in a workshop on Climate Change Adaptation, Kathmandu organized by Bread for the World. As part of the programme, the team had a meeting with the community in NOWBHISHI village in Nepal on Adaptation impact.

  • Backyard Poultry Kobo collect training programme at Vanantaram
    15th April - 2017

    Conducted a training programme on ‘Kobo Collect’, it is a software tool to design a questionnaire and collect data both online and offline by using smart phones.

  • National Lok Adalat day at Addateegala court
    8th April - 2017

    The National Lok Adalat settled 18 accident and preparation of alcohol cases in Addateegala, East Godavari district.

  • Rally on implementation of food security act in Hukumpeta Mandal
    April - 2017

    A representation was made to the Mandal Revenue Officer (MRO) by 56 families of Meba village, Hukumpeta to draw attention of the officials on the issuance of duplicate ration cards. The MRO agreed to address the issue in a month’s time. The villagers were also interviewed by the media on the issue.

  • Energy Roundtable in Odisha -The Energy - Equity Link
    29th March - 2017

    The fourth and final round of roundtables on the energy study undertaken by Laya – INECC together with Misereor, Germany was co-organised with DESI Technologies.

    This roundtable was organized on the backdrop of an India case study that Laya – INECC and MISEREOR (Germany) have been involved with. The key objective of this study is to explore how India could address its chronic energy poverty and development challenges in a manner that not only ensures human rights but respects environmental integrity and planetary boundaries. Green energy entrepreneurs, think tanks and energy practitioners shared the reality of the energy story in Odisha and developed an action plan to follow up on the discussions.

  • Odisha Mutlistakeholder Dialogue on Climate Change – Development – Equity
    28th March - 2017

    The Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change (INECC), UDYAMA, Laya organised a one day dialogue on the 28th March at Bhubaneswar. The dialogue brought together a small group of stakeholders from across Odisha to deliberate on Community resilience models being experimented / implemented in different ecosystems of Odisha, in order to influence policies in favour of such approaches. The morning session of the dialogue highlighted practice insights on Adaptation from ground experiences from various stakeholder perspectives including NGOs, Corporate, academia and the government. The second session of the day focused on looking at practice – policy linkages and identified asymmetries in policy frameworks. Four key actionable plans were identified as a way forward to build on the dialogue and forge synergise for inclusive growth and Climate resilient sustainable development.

  • THP's Skill Upgradation Programme at Vanantaram
    26th March - 2017

    Traditional Health Practitioners skill upgradation training programme in collaboration with Amrutha Welfare Society, Paderu

  • Womens Crash Literacy Programme Conducting at Paderu & Addateegala
    25th March - 2017

    Literacy orientation meeting in Paderu followed by Crash Literacy Programme in Addategala

  • Orientation Exercise on Outcome and Impacts
    20th - 23rd March - 2017

    Organized an Outcome and Impact Orientation Exercise facilitated by Mr Prakash Kumar Laya, Association for Stimulating Know How (ASK) at Vanantharam, Addateegala

  • Herbal Medicine Preparation Training Program
    18th - 22nd March - 2017

    Conducted 5 days training Programme with 20 tribal youth from 4 districts of Andhra Pradesh on Module V for Kovel Foundation team members

  • Community Forest Rights survey
    14th March - 2017

    Community Forest Rights survey undertaken at Gadilanka village of Veeragattam mandal. Representatives of Community Based Organisations, villager representatives and the Project Officer, Revenue Division Officer, Forest Range Officer, Mandal Revenue Officer, participated in the survey

  • Women’s Day Celebrations in Addateegala and Paderu
    8th March - 2017

    Women’s Day Celebrations in Addateegala and Paderu on 8th of March 2017, focused on importance of education for women, overall development of women, community issues and awareness on Women’s Rights and Reservations.

  • 'Women in Climate Change'
    8th March - 2017

    'Women in Climate Change'. It was organised by United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), UNWOMEN and Aligarh Muslim University on the occasion of Womens' day. The talk was organised as part of the seminar on "Agenda 2030- Expanding the knowledge frontier".

    The talk highlighted the problem of Climate Change globally and for India in particular. It touched upon the differential vulnerabilities of developed and developing countries and more specifically the vulnerabilities of poor and marginalised especially our women. It pointed to the fact that women in India have been facing socio economic-cultural challenges, and that climate adds another layer of vulnerability to their livelihoods and existence. It highlighted that despite the current Climate risks and uncertainties, women were playing significant role as agents of change, by contributing to mitigation, adaptation and climate proofing of some of the traditional development activities. (Egs of women involved with aggregating solar modules, maintaining solar parks, supporting Sustainable agriculture, barefoot educators etc), however their voices were not considered in decision making processes. It called upon to policy makers and developed related decision makers to consider the experience and wisdom of women in carving out effective climate and development policies. It concluded saying that if we are serious about tackling the climate crisis, we should be serious enough in empowering women on Climate Change.

  • 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.

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