3.5.i. Climate change and Disaster Preparedness
The project entitled Climate Change and Disaster Preparedness in Seven Districts of Assam, North East India was implemented since August 2016 in 177 villages, 13 blocks, 7 districts of Assam in close collaboration with MISEREOR, Germany in order to bring holistic development, enabling empowered communities of disadvantages sections of society to sustainably improve their living conditions and claim their rights.
Through this project, 30 Cluster Level Federations of the selected region received training and are involved in Climate Change and Disaster Preparedness and dissemination of knowledge to their member SHGs. 30 Task Force for Disaster Preparedness were formed and trained had enhanced their skill in responding, rescuing and rehabilitating to combat disaster. 144 beneficiaries had installed Rain Water Harvesting System and are able to utilise it for their agriculture and livestock during the dry season.
3.5.ii.Preservation and Enhancement of Biodiversity through Community Participation
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Agrarian Landscapes has been implemented in collaboration with: GIZ| Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH on behalf of: Bundesministerium Für Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit Und Entwicklung. The first project was implemented at three villages of North Garo Hills District of Meghalaya within 4 months from October 2017 to February 2018. The second project with target group of farmers and women was implemented at three villages of North Garo Hills District of Meghalaya and completed the projected activities within 5 months i.e. June 2018 to October 2018. The third was implemented at six villages of Nagaland and East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya during August 2019 to December 2019.
Through the project awareness is created among the communities regarding the importance of biodiversity and harmful effects of unsustainable agricultural activities, remedial measures and good practices from other NE States are adopted to improve jhum cultivation and pilot alternative agricultural model, women are capacitated to play a greater role in conservation of bio-diversity in the region, Village communities become active protectors of the ecosystem they are living in. They engage the Local Self Governance Institutions and conscientise them towards a change in policy, and replicable models for sustainable agricultural practice are developed.
3.5.iii. Solar Electrification- Umrangso
Solar electrification has been implemented Dima Hasao district of Assam in collaboration with Barefoot College (SWRC), Tilonia, Rajasthan, since 2018, with common interest to empower rural women with engineering skills to address day to day challenges of basic access to light, build enterprises, and focus on their own aspiration while working hand in hand with community development.
Eight women from selected four non electrified villages of Umrangso area completed six months of training in Barefoot collage, Tilonia, Rajasthan and qualified as Solar Engineers or Solar Mamas to work for their respective village in solar electrification. They installed solar system for 204 families in the four non electrified villages of Umrangso area. Village Energy and Environment Committee has been established at each four village to manage and sustain the solar electrification independently. Rural Electrical Workshop (REW) has been established at Boro Lobang Village. A solar system of 200 watts was installed for the solar mamas to work and repair the solar system. Extra spare parts of solar system are also store in the REW.