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Vijay Chaturvedi from Development Alternatives discusses TARAgram YATRA: Towards Green Economies Scalable solutions for people and our planet

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  • 1. GEC National Dialogues - a Global Multi-Stakeholder Consultation Process on the Green Economy TARAgram YATRA Towards Green Economies Scalable solutions for people and our planetDevelopment Alternatives India Global Transition Dialogue New York 17th -18th March 2012
  • 2. Development Alternatives….• A new kind of not - for - profit corporation that combines social objectives with business like methods and revenue streams• Designs and fosters new relationship between technology - nature and people to attain the goal of Sustainable Development.• Established in 1983
  • 3. Development Alternatives Group - Mission social equity SL environmental economic quality efficiencyThe Development Alternatives Group believes that the key to achieve sustainable development is the creation of sustainable livelihoods in large numbers
  • 4. Thematic Focusfacilitate multi-stakeholder action forEmpowering Communities through q Institution Development (with a focus on women and marginalised groups) q Basic Needs fulfilment activities (more specifically habitat, water, energy, information, literacy, where the organisation already has proven strengths)effectively promote and support thelarge scale Creation of Green Jobs through q Employment Skills (Green Jobs) q Enterprise Creation (Social Enterprises)design and demonstrateLow Carbon pathways for Development through q Natural Resource Management Models q Clean Technology Solutions (waste to wealth especially for micro, small and medium enterprises)
  • 5. The Sustainability Imperative … more urgent than ever before
  • 6. People and Nature are silent victimsof the way our economies have grown
  • 7. Inclusive Growththe people driven approach…. … is measured in livelihood security Jobs and Basic Needs
  • 8. Green Economies implyGreen and Inclusive Growth throughSocial (Green) Enterprises and Green Jobs
  • 9. Green EconomiesStreams of Activities (DA)
  • 10.  Watershed planning and management Wasteland rejuvenation Enhanced productivity from farmlands Rejuvenating the Natural Resource Base
  • 11.  Farm based enterprises Off farm enterprises and services Hierarchy of support systems Promoting Livelihood Enterprises
  • 12.  Drinking water and sanitation  Health Rural energy  Education Rural roads  ICT Upgrading Village Infrastructure
  • 13.  Formal and informal community institutional systems Linkages with district, state and national institutional mechanisms Seamless synergies to accelerate rural development Building / Strengthening Institutional Systems
  • 14. Social (Green) Enterprises– drivers of change  Innovation – technology and processes  Implementation – on scale  Influence – policy makers With required Capacity Building – of stake holders
  • 15. Compressed Earth Blocks
  • 16. Micro Concrete Roofing
  • 17. Ferrocement Roofing Channels
  • 18. Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln
  • 19. Renewable Energy Enterprises
  • 20. Handloom Textiles Technology
  • 21. Recycled Handmade Paper
  • 22. Achievements and ImpactEconomic: over one million livelihoods Technology enterprises have marketed 100 million tiles; 100 million bricks; 50,000 houses and continue to grow.Environment: Over 48,000 environment conservation initiatives with a network of 1.25 million schools children.Social: 60,000 rural women made literate Empowered over 1.3 million poor to claim their rights and entitlements through a network of 25,000 community based organizations.
  • 23. Practice to Policy Connect GEC - India DialogueTARAgram YATRA – 2010, India
  • 24. GEC - India DialogueTARAgram YATRA – 2010, India Focus 2010 Towards Green Economies – scalable solutions for people and our planet
  • 25. India DialogueTARAgram YATRA – 2010, India.The TARAgram Yatra dialogue a milestone in a series of global multi-stakeholder consultation processes leading up to Rio+20.The Yatra :•aimed to build consensus amongst key stakeholders on prioritised andsequenced issues in the transition to sustainability.•to communicate strategies and solutions that address sustainabilitychallenges to policy audiences on national and global platform.Yatra means a journey or pilgrimage that one takes with friends and colleagues to attain highergoals
  • 26. Structure TARAgram YATRA 2010 took place at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi and at the DA Group Resource Centre at TARAgram, Bundelkhand in Central India over five days, consisting of: •Inaugural session in New Delhi - half day •Working sessions at TARAgram and field visits - three days •Plenary and Valedictory sessions in New Delhi - one day The sessions at TARAgram concentrated on “Field visits, discussion and design” of path breaking approaches; those at New Delhi focused more on wider “consultation and communication” with a national and global audience.
  • 27. TARAgram YATRADeclarationDeclaration was aimed to draw attention of policy makers and keystakeholders to consider that:•Growing awareness of climate change has brought the conceptsof “low carbon” and “climate resilient” growth into focus•There is an unique opportunity to re-orient the economic compassto initiate change at scale•Concerns over sustainability remain a long way over from beingintegrated fully into policy making that is closely linked with ethics
  • 28. TARAgram YATRA DeclarationDeclaration further:•Enumerated factors that can contributeto green growth•Called for action by policy makers•Pledged our commitment to share andinduce transformative processes aimedat green growth
  • 29. TARAgram YATRAOutcome and lessons learntRationale for shifting towards green economy:• The recent global economic crisis: an eye-opener• Persistent poverty and ecological degradation• Increasing risk to livelihood associated with climate variability (e.g. crop failure)Factors locking the country/region into its current paradigm:• Policy - practice disconnect• Behavioral aspects; lack of awareness and education• High dependence on natural resources - particularly in rural India context
  • 30. TARAgram YATRAOutcome and lessons learntFoundation for shifting to a green economy:•Multi-stake holder consultative/interactive approach in policy formulation•Building business models in “Scoial Enterprise” that can operate and invest at alarge scale with appropriate pro-poor technology, natural resources conservation,renewable energy and clean transport•Ensuring waste reduction, through – resource efficiency with communityparticipation in resource (e.g. water) management and administration, strengtheningregulations, treating ‘waste’ as useful raw-materials (e.g. fly ash-brick)•Human capital: preparing a trained labour force that can take up jobs in the greeneconomy, creation of green jobs – sustainable livelihoods•Sensitizing the youth, changing their lifestyle/employment aspirations and makingthem more environment sensitive•Enabling environment for green investments and market access
  • 31. TARAgram YATRA Outcome and lessons learntOpportunities/way forward to act:•Greening of the existing ‘brown’ economy/jobs/value chains•Building up base for “low carbon” and “carbon resilient”communities and their capacity building•Tapping green social investment in the areas of ecosystemservices, sustainable agriculture, small and medium enterprises(SMEs), green construction, and urban infrastructure, etc.•Introduction of financial products for incubation of greenenterprise and business models•Sharing of learnings and good practices for replication at scaleinto various economies•Capacity building of stakeholders
  • 32. TARAgram YATRA continues . . . Towards Green Economies for scalable solutions for people and our planet
  • 33. Thank you