UTILIZING CARBON MARKETS FOR RURAL POOR
A Himalayan Coalition for carbon emission reduction and rewarding the poor for not emitting GHGs has been formed by NGOs working with rural communities in the Central Himalayan region of India. Household level baseline data is being collected and processed for decisions on technology adoption and benefits to the poor from non emission or low emissions through the carbon market.
ADAPTING AGRICULTURE TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Project on Local innovation and experimentation: an entry point to climate-change adaptation for sustainable livelihoods in Asia was initiated in January 2012. The 3 year project is supported by Misereor, Germany and is being implemented by CEDAC in Cambodia, LI BIRD in Nepal and INHERE in India. The major objective of the project is to improve the capacity of rural communities to innovate in order to adapt to climate change and become more food secure.
PROMOTING LOCAL INNOVATION PROLINNOVA
India was accepted into the Prolinnova Global Partnership Programme as a full fledged member in mid March 2012 in Bamako, Mali. The coordination of the multi stakeholder India programme has been entrusted to INHERE. Work on the multistakeholder platform is in process.
USE OF PINE NEEDLE LITTER
INHERE and Yajna Fuels Ltd are working together to promote pine needle fuelblocks as replacement for furnace oil. This has the benefit of lowering carbon emission as well as protect from forest fires which are becoming rampant with firing of pine needle litter. A major plus is the creation of local livelihoods in the collection and pressing of pineleaves. IFAD has shown interest in supporting this initiative. RURAL TOURISM Rural tourism involving village hospitality and appreciation of the social and cultural heritage of the mid Himalayan region is a new initiative which is slowly taking shape. We will be creating a new website for this initiative.
TECHNOLOGY TO RECYCLE AND REUSE
INHERE is experimenting with silos to convert biodegradable waste in the mountain regions to agriculture compost and with recycling of gray water. The results so far have been encouraging but more live models are required for which INHERE is scouting for financial support.