India
GEF SGP India provides support and vision for small NGOs and community groups,and develops local leadership for improved environmental and livelihood benefits.
Ms. Mamta Chander
Grantee, Jagriti
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Country Programme Snapshot

Start Date 1995
# of Projects 432
Total Grant Amount US$ 11,807,082
Total cash Co-Financing US$ 25,145,074
Total In-Kind Co-Financing US$ 11,627,530

Country Portfolio by Area of Work

Biodiversity
Chemicals
Climate Change Mitigation
Community Based Adaptation
International Waters
Land Degradation
Global Publications
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Examples of Successful Projects
Energy Efficient Technologies
GHG Emission Reduction Through Use of Energy Efficient Technologies by Textile Processing Units in Tamil nadu (Climate Change)

Goal: Creation of sustainable mechanisms for the reduction of GHG emissions from textile processing units
Main Activities: Identification of technology suppliers; demonstration sites & units. Technical monitoring / assessment. Development of supplier networks - entrepreneurs; Market development activities; Facilitation of links to markets/supplier networks.
Key Results:

  • 35 demonstration units of stoves were constructed with costs from project.
  • Identified 2 entrepreneurs, trained in the construction of energy efficient, improved stoves. Nearly 56 constructed through them.
  • After two years of completion nearly 110 more done in many neighboring areas by the entrepreneurs (Ers). One ER earned nearly 2000 USD every year for last two years
  • Links made to many partners through the project by TIDE the NGO. This won the Ashden Award in 2008.
  • More than 1500 Mts carbon emissions saved during project period.
Country Impact

Replication:

  • 30 projects have been replicated/scaled up through cofinanced funds

  • More than 22 program guidelines -replication/scaling-up; co-financing; Administrative/Program Budget making; gender-equity; capacity building-knowledge management etc

  • Guidelines of SGP India adopted by DFID, United Kingdom in their challenge fund program, many other donors and private sector partnerships developed.

More than 7000 Women Self Help Groups (SHGs) formed:

  • Leading to personal savings in 2000 villages. This has also helped to leverage nearly 500,000 USD as credit from Banks/Financial Institutions for sustainable livelihoods and environment actions.
  • Nearly 200,000 MTS of GHGs emission prevented by projects through a range of measures e.g Bio-gas, solar driers, biomass driers, cook stoves etc.

Partners:

  • Linked SGP grantees to more than 60 partners to access markets for forest based products, increasing income and improving conservation practices through practices from indigenous people
Awards
September 2014 - All Grassroots Women of the Decade Achievers Award

The receiver of this national Award of Assocham Ladies League (ALL) and Rai University, is Ms. Bharti Chaturvedi for her consistent and dedicated contribution in the field of environment and waste management.

 Ms. Bharti Chaturvedi is the head of SGP grantee parnter that has impemented SGP funded project IND/SGP/OP5/Y3/CC/STAR/ 2014/46/DEL02

March 2013 - National Best Entrepreneur Award for recycling of plastic waste

The Award was presented to Mr. Imtiaz Ali, coordinator of SARTHAK, by the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh State, Mr. Shivraj Singh Chauhan, for its SGP funded project  "Plastic Waste Management, check burning of waste plastics and Increased Livelihood of Rag Pickers in 5 Wards of Bhopal Municipal Cooperation".

April 2013 - National Plant Genome Savior Farmers Recognitition 2012 Award

Mr. Shivnath Singh of Dharohar Samiti (SGP partner) has been awarded the Plant Genome Savior Farmers’ Recognitition 2012 award on 22 April 2013 in the Recognition Category for citation and momento.

2014 - State level Award for the Best Garden

The receiver of this Award is SGP grantee partner Sujagriti Samaj Sewi Sanstha, Morena.

Sujagriti Samaj Sewi Sanstha, Morena has implemneted the GEF SGP funded project IND/SGP/OP5/Y3/STAR/2013/30/MP03 . 

2013 - Land for Life Award on the World Day to Combat Desertification

The receiver of this Award is grantee partner "Foundation for Ecological Security" for the SGP funded project IND/SGP/OP4/Y3/RAF/2010/67/RAJ27

2012 - Veera Rani Kittur Chenamma Govt of India-Karnataka State Award

Our GEF SGP NGO Partner, Paripoorna has been awarded "Veera Rani Kittur Chenamma (Govt of India-Karnataka State Award) for the year 2011-2012". The award was given on 8 March 2012 (The International Women's Day, as it is a women-led NGO) by the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karantaka, Mr. D V Sadananadagouda, at Bangalore for the excellent work done in Social Service sector. This is was achieved by the NGO promoting women self help groups as small, informal institutions to install energy efficient devices for making puffed rice. The devices are based on the modern technology of gassifiers.

2012 - Sujagrati Social Welfare Society

Sujagrati Social Welfare Society, GEF/SGP partner planted 10,000 trees and preserved another 10,000 trees at Baba Devpuri (Baba Ramdass) Park. Along with this, they put up check-dams of 3,000 meters. As a matter of an annual event of selection of the best Park, this Park was selected as the best Park (by a Committee formed under the Chairmanship of the Collector, Morena). This Award is being presented by the Chief Minister. The NGO has also established marketing linkages with the famous Indian Pharmaceutical Company, Dabur and 5 tonnes of two types of medicinal plants have been sold. This association is expected to continue which will result into additional income to the SHG members and help in poverty alleviation.

2012 - Prize by the apex bank for rural credit National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)

Yet another GEF SGP Grantee partner (IBTADA, based at Alwar, Rajasthan has been awarded the Prize by the apex bank for rural credit National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), for bringing linkages of women Self Help Groups (SHGs) to the NABARD bank under their Bank Linkage Program for the year 2010-11.

This is a scaling-up project on animal husbandry and empowering women through credit, and linking them with alternate fuels (biogas) to save fire-wood. 731 new buffaloes have been purchased with the funds mobilized through banks (one animal by each of the 731 members of the women SHGs), and 40 biogas plants have been constructed in 40 households of 15 villages resulting into a saving of 187,390 kgs of fuel wood during the last three years and nearly 341 MTs of CO2 emissions checked.

The award has been given to IBTADA as it has covered about 60 women SHGs in 35 villages under the GEF/UNDP SGP program. These SHGs started their activities merely by involving themselves in savings and credit. With the SGP funding linked, the SHG members got involved in better livestock rearing and improved agricultural practices which enhanced their incomes by 40-60% per household. This helped in improving the status of women in their families and their confidence and self-esteem also got enhanced. All the 60 SHGs have now cumulative savings of Rs.81, 50, 000 (roughly US $155,000) and have mobilized bank loans to the tune of Rs.2.16 crores (roughly US $ 412,000). The NGO with all this has nearly had a co financing in the project of USD 610,000.

In addition to many activities undertaken under the project, 16 women were trained as para-vets (named as "pashu sakhies"). Building on the results and the positive experiences, the NGO scaled up this activity through other funding sources and have now trained about 80 women (Pashu Sakhies). These women provide vaccination, de-worming, fodder seeds, and first-aid services to the community's livestock in their own as well as the adjoining villages. Eight 'Pashu Sakies' have set up shops and they keep calcium, salt, feed, mineral mixture and other materials for livestock. Nearly Rs 15,000-19,000 sale takes place in each shop per month, giving a new status to the women in the program.

2012 - Earth Day Network

Ms. Anita Rana is Director of the NGO Janhit Foundation, which operates out of Meerut, in Uttar Pradesh State - earlier a housewife, has relentlessly taken to reduce the use of persistent organic pollutants through the promotion and use of bio- pesticides and organic manures supported by the GEF/UNDP Small Grants Program. Leading a highly dedicated and productive team, she has been promoting organic farming in the high inorganic fertilizer consumption areas of Western Uttar Pradesh. The Endeavour has grown manifolds and the first (and only) organic food ingredients outlet has been established in Meerut city with the support garnered by her from other sources. Ms. Rana is also recognized for the number of rain water harvesting units and other educational programs she has undertaken with the youth that has helped to nurture many a young hearts with a wider vision for better environment. Earth Day Network commended Ms. Rana's efforts for the planet and for humankind.

2012 - Earth Day Network

Ms. Chandra Kala Chauhan is Director of the NGO Chattarsal Seva Sansthan. Started with five villages of Khudoli, Thapla, Mori, Doba and Pali in Almora district of Uttaranchal, where Ms. Chauhan works, to reduce the loss of bio-diversity, decrease in land fertility, erosion, and over exploitation of forests for fuel and fodder which is making the once self-sufficient economies of the area increasingly un-productive has now spread to benefit more than 500 women in 25 neighboring villages.

Ms. Chauhan leads the GEF/UNDP Small Grants Program supported Chattrasal Seva Sansthan's project on "The Promotion of Community-led approaches towards Non-Conventional Energy Resources". For over eight years Ms. Chauhan with support from Lt Ravindera Chauhan and her team members has worked tirelessly to help local communities to minimize the dependence on forest resources, by building awareness about the need to shift from fossil fuels to other energy sources. She has helped en route and built resilient communities for better livelihoods through milk production and business approaches. Earth Day Network commended Ms. Chauhan's efforts for the planet and for humankind.

2012 - Earth Day Network

Ms. Beguma is an untiring volunteer with Jagriti, a women-centered NGO for the last 7 years that works in the tribal, hilly and remote areas in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. Ms, Beguma has relentlessly encouraged women to get together, form local networks, and link the women into local institutions, and further to banks. She has linked the women first time in the area to banks. Today more than 1500 women in the area have personal bank accounts, and involved in regular savings. With the support from the GEF UNDP Small Grants Program through CEE, she has introduced simple technologies mitigating climate change effects e.g. solar driers, energy efficient water heaters, and energy efficient cook stoves, protection of high altitude species of medicinal plants and livelihood development projects for women in the harsh cold climates, which have no motor able roads to them. Ms. Beguma, also helps with program on gender budgeting, rejuvenating the apricot, and peach plantations in villages and in bringing together women to lobby for environmental issues. Earth Day Network commended Ms. Beguma's efforts for the planet and for humankind.

2012 - Earth Day Network

Ms. Rekha Gujre is Secretary of Pradeepan, an NGO that is working in 130 villages in the tribal and remote areas of Betul district of Madhya Pradesh. Ms. Gujre has facilitated the women into small kinship based self help groups, defining their priorities and linking them with banks to access easy and timely credit. This process has given a new hope to local communities to turn their adversaries into opportunities and weave the local planning into the panchayats priorities village after village. With the timely support from GEF /UNDP Small Grants Program through CEE she has led more than 2500 women to implement several programs in addressing gender issues like dowry, domestic violence against women, health, HIV AIDS.

This led to greater confidence in addressing importantly simple low cost measures in conserving soil and water, through check dams, and gully plugs etc. value addition through local biodiversity creating business models through local institutions for better livelihoods and earning opportunities. In addition, Ms Gujre with support of her family has led forestation efforts, and is helping create seed banks and grain banks in the resource poor areas of the district. Earth Day Network commended Ms. Gujre's efforts for the planet and for humankind.

2011 - ‘1st Runners Up’ for Outstanding Annual Report

IBTADA has been awarded '1st Runners Up' for Outstanding Annual Report in medium category (50 lakhs to 5 crores) by CSO partners Forum in India. The award counts a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh.

It may be noted that the award have been selected by the panel of jury on review of accounting practices adopted by the participating enterprises in the preparation of their financial statements, disclosures and communication practices in their published annual report. How the information documented for the GEF/UNDP SGP projects was taken as a best practice. Accordingly, the awards signify that the practices followed by IBTADA in the respective projects, community level institutional frameworks, development of the concerned enterprise in the form of the livestock units-dairy by the NGO were seen as innovative examples. All these along with many small scale enterprises started with support from GEF UNDP, SGP amongst the enterprises that have participated in the competition. The award ceremony was held on 9th April 11 at IHC Delhi.

2011 - Rajashri Shahu Gaurav Puraskar

Yerala Projects Society has received the prestigious award 'Rajashri Shahu Gaurav Puraskar' for its contribution in the fields of rural development, livelihoods & educational activities. This award has been given by 'Rajashri Shahu Chatrapati Memorial Trust', Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India. The ceremony of award distribution has conducted on 17. Feb 2011 in Shahu Memorial Auditorium, Kolhapur. The award was given by the president of the TRUST, Dr. N.J. Pawar, Chancellor of Kolhapur University in the presence of Ex- minister Mr. Shrinivas Patil, Satara & Trustees. In the year 2011, the Trust has selected 4 persons & ONE organization, Yerala Project Society (YPS). Yerala Project Society (YPS) has been doing range of actions but the initiatives undertaken with the support of GEF - UNDP Small Grants Program (SGP) in the initial project and then the scaling up effort has been much recognized as a more conservation-livelihoods approach in the rain-shadow areas of the Sangli district, in Mahrashtra - "Scaling up subsoil irrigation program to support marginal Farmers from drought pone areas in horticulture to ensure sustainable agricultural". The award is given by the name of well-known King 'Rajashri Shahu Maharaj' in Kolhapur region. Shahu IV (also known as Rajarshi Shahu) (26 June 1874 – 6 May 1922) was the first Maharaja of the Indian princely state of Kolhapur between 1884 and 1922. He is seen as an inspiration and an idol for selfless service to the society and involvement of the local and state governments. The trust recognizes innovation, sincerity and the services in the areas of sustainable development, social service, art and cultures active. This has been instituted and many national luminaries' in the past have been recognized in the last 10 years.

2011 - India Development Marketplace by World Bank

Healing Heritage Producers' Company promoted by SAMBANDH has received the award from 2011 INDIADEVELOPMENT MARKETPLACE by World Bank. SAMBANDH, an SGP partner facilitated the formation of the Healing Heritage Producers' Company (HHPC) in 2005 with the objectives to nurture the cooperative spirit and inject a corporate efficiency in management for promotion of traditional medicines and Herbal Tea. There are 13 members as Board of Director and 1072 as general body members from cooperatives, Self Help Groups (SHGs) and associations of local healers. Now it produces 22 products with a turnover of more than Rs50 lakhs during 2010-2011.

There are 6 outlets of HHPC, one each at Bhubaneswar, Jashipur (Mayurbhanj), Thakurmunda (Mayurbhanj), Muniguda Rayagada), Chattiguda (Kalahandi) and Jhumpura (Keonjhar).This has been benefitted around 1200 primary medicinal plant cultivators, collectors and local healers. This has been able to conserve the medicinal plants in six medicinal plant conservation areas each having coverage of 200 hectares. Now it has developed a practice of sustainable harvesting of medicinal plants and good agricultural practices. The contribution from the project GEF UNDP SGP and in collaboration with NABARD, GIZ, KFW, Department of Science and Technology and FAO is well recognized. This award would help them to develop the specific product for anti-Malarials in most Malaria endemic areas. GMCL and FRLHT had helped this to establish with a good marketing strategy in the initial years. Now its products are well recognized in the market in metros in

India.

2011 - Annual Plant Genome Saviour Community Award 2010 - 2011

Mr. Babulal Dahiya of Sarjana Samajik Sanskratik Aivam Sahitiyak Manch, Pithorabad, District Satna (Madhya Pradesh), a GEF-SGP partner, has been awarded the Annual Plant Genome Saviour Community Award 2010-11. This award is constituted by the Government of India and implemented through Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Authority under the PPV&FR Act, 2011. Though it is a community award, but looking at the individual efforts of Mr. Babulal Dahiya towards conservation and preservation of Plant Genetic Resources, the Authority has conferred this Award in his individual capacity.

The NGO has developed local conservation methods of cultivating 67 different varieties of rice in the Pandi and Pithorabad Districts. These 67 varieties are being grown by 125 farmers in 220 acres. Seed Banks are created and the farmers are using these traditional breeding mechanisms and also propagating them. The GEF/SGP project was implemented in 14 villages in 5 Gram Panchayats. The work relating to biodiversity conservation and livelihoods has benefitted 1400 families directly. Mr. Dahiya established 18 women-based SHGs and today the number of SHGs has touched 100, with nearly 1100 women members. Mr. Dahiya, a grassroot worker, was also awarded on 22 May 2011 as the best NGO for promoting local conservation and propagation of traditional farmers' varieties.

2011 - "Earth Care Award 2011" by JSW and Times of India

The prestigious - ""Earth Care Award 2011"" by JSW and Times of India - was conferred to Energy Research Applications for its Initiative on Green Energy Solutions and its impact on climate change mitigation and adaptation and setting up a training centre in the remote areas of the state of Jharkhand.

Making of "Energy Cake" - this project was a unique effort towards cross sharing and linkages between SGP partners across the country for wider reach and benefits. The project aims to convert agricultural residues into biomass briquettes per year in partnership with 12 GEF NGO Partners benefitting 1200 families. Two cakes (500gm each) can save 6kwh of electricity. GEF UNDP SGP, Department of Sciences, Government of India, and ERA partnership project on ""Energy Cake"" was selected for an innovative presentation by the INDO-US, Science & Technology Forum on July 19, 2011. The highlights of this Expo were the interest shown in the use of the technology by Union Minister of State for Science and Technology, Govt of India, Hon'ble Mr Ashwini Kumar, Dr. John P Holdren, Director, White House Office of S & T Policy & Science Advisor to the US President and Mr Aneesh Chopra, Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States.

2010 - Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award

CREED has been selected as one among the best three NGOs for the Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award. The announcement was made by the Ministry on the eve of Birth Anniversary of Late Prime Minister, Shri Rajiv Gandhi. This Seva award is conferred on three individuals every year who make outstanding contribution in the fields of Child Protection, Environment, Child Development and Child Welfare. This selection for the award is made by a National Selection Committee which is chaired by the Minister of State for Women and Child Development Smt.Krishna Tirath.

2010 - National Award for Child Welfare 2009-2010

Dalit Sangh has won the best NGO award from the President of India on the 14th Nov 2010. Dalit Sangh has implemented the Project to Ensure Biodiversity Conservation through promoting traditional skill based livelihoods for the Pardhi Tribes in MP. These are the primitive tribes. Dalit Sangh was established in 1996, in Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh as a forum for taking unheard voices to the system to minimize atrocities against Dalits. The Sangh is working for all round development & welfare of children and the Self Help Groups for livelihoods and local empowerment. Dalit Sangh has organized Dalit Adhikar Abhiyan, Bal Melas, Self Employment Training Programs to community youth, capacity building , training to health workers to work at village , life skill education training and has constituted cadre based organization with the community. In some exceptional situation like disasters , relief work have been carried out by the organization in recognition of it its valuable contribution to mitigating the injustice to the most deprived children , Dalit Sangh is being awarded the National award for child welfare 2009-10 through the GEF UNDP SGP project.

2010 - India Water Digest Award

Society for Sustainable Development (SSD) won the India Water Digest Award in the category of: - Commendable Water NGO - Revival Of rural Water Resources. They received the award on 9th Jan 2010.

2010 - DST-Lockheed Martin International innovation Award

"Energy Cake" under the GEF/UNDP SGP project has received Lockheed Martin (USA) Innovation Award on 20th May, 2010 by our Minister of S & T Mr Prithviraj Chavan. This was out of 394 applications on innovations from different laboratories.

2009 - Ryutaro Hashimoto APFED Awards

Peekay Tree Corps Development Foundation (PTCDF), Kerala a SGP partner received the silver prize of Ryutaro Hashimoto APFED Awards, in July 2009.The award conferred to PTCDF is in recognition of the activities being promoted since 2004 under the GEF UNDP Small Grants Programme which supported the project "Promoting Coconut-Based Agro-ecosystem and Efficient Product Utilization for Augmenting On-Farm Income, Improving Quality of Environment and Conserving Natural Resources" The project is now operational in eight villages in Kerala having a combined geographical area of 107.74 sq.kms.The Ryutaro Hashimoto APFED Awards for Good Practices (GPs) aim at promoting information dissemination of good practices towards sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. The initiative collects lessons and experiences from innovative activities implemented in the region in order to promote sustainable development and share knowledge and wisdom with other stakeholders concerned. Visit APFED.

2009 - One World Award & Green Apple Environment Award

In 2009, Janhit Foundation has been declared as one of the major winners of the prestigious 'Green Apple Environment Awards' for their outstanding contribution and work towards environment issues. The award is being presented to the Director during the Award ceremony at the House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, London on November 17, 2009 being hosted by former Health Minister Patricia Hewittat.

2009 - Kubera-Edelweiss Social Innovation Honours

In March 2009, Ibtada a SGP partner was honoured as Runner Up in Girl Child Education category of the award instituted by Edelgive: The financial services firm, Edelweiss Capital Ltd is partnering Kubera Partners, a private equity firm based in USA to launch the Kubera-Edelweiss Social Innovation Honours, three awards totalling US$ 60,000 to felicitate outstanding innovations that positively impact the status of the girl child, through the delivery of services in three areas: education, health and nutrition, and future employability of the girl child. EdelGive Foundation, the not for profit subsidiary of Edelweiss Capital is managing the entire process of these awards. The primary objective of the awards is to give an impetus to the issue of the girl child, and also to use prize philanthropy as an effective tool to promote innovation, awareness and targeted benefits to the needy. http://www.edelcap.com/ Ibtada has been working on one of the SGP project titled "Promoting Animal Husbandry as Sustainable Livelihood for Rural Women leading to Ecological Conservation". The objective of the project is promotion of alternate fuel in households and animal husbandry as a means for sustainable livelihoods for rural women leading to ecological conservation and better incomes.

2009 - Indira Priyadarshini Vriksha Mitra Award

The SGP partner WOMEN ORGANISATION FOR SOCIO CULTURAL AWARENESS (WOSCA) has been awarded with Indira Priyadarshini Vriksha Mitra Award .The partner is currently implementing the SGP project titled "Replication of Sustainable Development Among Tribals Through Participatory Bio-Diversity Conservation Programme at 13 Gram Panchayat of Sadar and Ghatagaon block of Keonjhar District, ORISSA" The award will be presented on 19th November 2009 at New Delhi. A supporting document is attached for your reference. Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Awards are given to individuals and institutions who have done pioneering and exemplary work in the field of afforestation and wasteland development. A cash award of Rupees Two lakh fifty thousand is presented to individuals/institutions in four catergories.

2009 - Ashoka Senior Fellowship Award

Ashoka Senior Fellowship Award - Mr. Bibhu Mohanty received the Ashoka Fellowship award in September 2009.Mr. Mohanty is heading the NGO Sambandh who is one of the SGP partner and is currently carrying out the promotion of organic farming and conservation of biodiversity in OrissaAshoka invests in people. We search the world for leading social entrepreneurs and at the launch stage, provide these entrepreneurs—Ashoka Fellows—a living stipend for an average of three years, allowing them to focus full-time on building their institutions and spreading their ideas. We also provide our Fellows with a global support network of their peers and partnerships with professional consultants. Once elected to the Ashoka Fellowship, Fellows benefit from this community for life.

2008 - Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2008

Arbind Singh, Executive Director, Nidan (SGP –India partner) won the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2008 in India · Nidan is developing sustainable businesses, cooperatives, trade unions and "people's institutions" led by the most excluded categories of the poor in Bihar ·In India, the Social Entrepreneur Year of the Award is an initiative of The Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in collaboration with the UNDP. Nidan is developing sustainable businesses, cooperatives, trade unions and "people's institutions" led by the most excluded categories of the poor in Bihar. It has promoted and built 20 independent profit-making ventures governed and owned by the urban poor including waste workers, rag-pickers, vegetable vendors, construction labourers, domestic helpers, micro-farmers, street traders and other marginalized occupation groups. The Geneva-based Schwab Foundation is a sister organization of the World Economic Forum. Through its Social Entrepreneurship awards, the Foundation provides a national platform to promote social entrepreneurship as a key element to advance societies and address social problems in an innovative and effective manner.

 

2008 - Seed Award

Himalayan Oregano oil won one of the five 2008 SEED Awards for its potential to improve health and secure alternative livelihood for herb collectors otherwise engaged in destructive extraction of endangered species medicinal plant. Biolaya Organics and Jagriti ( a NGO partner of SGP India) are the lead partners of the project. Additional supporters include University of West England, Bristol, GB Pant Institute of the Himalayan Environment and Development and SGS India. Jagriti is currently implementing a project which aims to provide benefits to remote mountain communities through sustainable collection of wild oregano and distillation of its essential oil thereby reducing pressure on collection of medicinal plant species threatened in the wild. Sound research on efficacy of Himalayan oregano oil and sustainable collection practices will form key basis for developing fair trade product. The main activities of the proposed project includes scientific research, implementation of Wild Harvest Management Plan, setting up of oil distillation unit, capacity building and skill development and developing marketing strategy with demonstrated effectiveness. View SEED Initiative.

2008 - One World Award

The Founder Director of Janhit Foundation has been conferred upon with the prestigious 'One World Award' in 2008, by IFOAM and Rapunzel, for his constant contribution towards nature conservation, biodiversity conservation, organic agriculture and activities which have brought a change in the lives of the community at large, both economically and socially. Janhit foundation is the SGP partner working on the GEF UNDP SGP project "Reducing the use of persistant Organic Pollutants and related POPs Namely Lindane and Endosulphan through Promotion of the use of Bio Pesticides and Organic Manures". IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture) is patron of the One World Award. The award is aimed to recognize people who are committed to permanently protect and conserve this one world as the basis of existence for all people. It was with great honour that Lt. Sh. Anil Rana and the Janhit Foundation had been awarded this award for the year 2008. It has been selected as one of the five finalist organisations in the world which have constantly contributed towards nature conservation, biodiversity conservation, organic agriculture and activities which have brought a change in the lives of the community at large, both economically and socially. The other four finalists included Mr. Lal Emmanuel of the Nagenahiru Foundation from Sri Lanka, Mr. Sheng Lyun of the Fo Fa Shan Organic Ecological Group from Taiwan, Mr. Harald Schutzeichel of the Solar Energy Foundation from Ethiopia and Mr. Victor Ananias ofthe Bugday Association from Turkey. Apart from a cash prize, a beautiful citation was presented to him as the Director of the organisation, at a public function which was held at Modena Italy on June 19, 2008. The award was presented by Ms. Renate Kunast, the Former German Minister of Agriculture and the chairwoman of the greens parliamentary group.

2008 - Dubai International Award for Best Practices

SGP project partner Aadhar won the Best Practice Award by the Dubai International Award for Best Practices, 2008. The DIABP was established under the directives of late Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, during the United Nations International Conference that convened in Dubai between 19 – 22 November, 1995 with 914 participants from 95 countries, to recognize the best practices with positive impact on improving the living environment. H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and the Ruler of Dubai and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and Industry and Chairman of Dubai Municipality has continued to support this Award. The Award reflects the policy and commitment of Dubai Government and the United Arab Emirates towards sustainable development of the human settlements and protection of the environment on the basis of mutual international cooperation.

2008 - Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Award

SGP partner Dalit Sangh was awarded with Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Award of Rs 500,000 by Madhya Pradesh Government for the year 2006-2007 for its best services rendered to the society. The award was presented on 14th April 2008 on the Ambedkar Jayanti to Dalit Sangh. Dalit Sangh is working with the Pardhi Community in the area of Biodiversity conservation. They are working on the project titled "To Ensure Biodiversity Conservation through promoting traditional skill based livelihoods for the Pardhi Tribes".

2008 - Asian Scientific and Technical Awards of WASWC

Mr.Aman Singh from Krapavis was awarded the Asian Scientific and Technical Awards of WASWC  in November 2008, instituted by the TOKYO UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE Japan. Krapavis is the NGO partner of SGP India working on conservation of biodiversity and water conservation through the project named "Advocacy Programme for Restoration of Orans Through Community Actions for Local Biodiversity Impacting Local Favorable Policies and Community Livelihoods". Their main focus is to conserve and revive the traditional sacred groves and community forests. Their announcement reads "Asian Technical Award goes to Mr. Aman Singh (India) under the title "Oran; A traditional system/ technology for Permanent solution of water scarcity & environment degradation". Asian Technical Award is given to scientist, engineer, constructor and farmer etc. who has excellent technical achievements in the field of soil and water conservation. The Government of Rajasthan/ Forest Department has recognized work of Krapavis for plantation in Orans, and has awarded Krapavis as "Vraksha Vardhak Puruskar" of the year 2008-09. The President of the "Oran Forum" Prof. P.P. Bakre was also been invited by the honourable Governor of Rajasthan to prepare and submit an action plan for the betterment of Orans in Rajasthan. This has come great break through at policy level, due to the project efforts.

2008 - Appreciation Certificate by Ms. Lizzette Burgers, WES Chief, UNICEF and the Country Representative of Water Aid, Mr. Depinder Singh Kapur in 2008

Won by Janhit Foundation. The foundation also joined in celebrating Ground Water Day on 10th June 2008. The Ground Water Department, Govt. of UP hosted a seminar at Lucknow and chaired by Honourable Minister for Department. Here late Mr. Anil Rana, was also honoured with the title of 'Waterman of Uttar Pradesh' and was recognized for his outstanding contribution.

2008 - ASHDEN Award

The efforts of the NGO, Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE) and the communities have been recognized. They won the title "Energy Champion" and the First Prize (£40,000) in the ASHDEN AWARD. The Title and the Prize were presented by the Nobel laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai. Tide is well known for designing excellent stoves which reduce pollution and put less stress on fuelwood. View Press Release.

2007 - The Nehru Yuvak Kendra appreciation award

Won by New Junoon Khel Yuvak Kalyan Aiwam Samaj Kalyan Samiti. Human Development Stock Exchange (HDSX) Forum, UNDP, New York invited C-Dot to replicate this program in Sri Lanka with their support as a model program. C-Dot identified a NGO called NESDO based in Sainthamaruth of Eastern Province of Sri Lanka and is going to start the capacity building program.

2007 - Project selected to be replicated by the Knowledge Sharing Workshop organized on the South-South Grants Facility at Colobmo, Sri Lanka from 6-9 September 2007

THE Covenant Center for Development (CCD) is an SGP partner is a community based organisation working in the Chennai Coastal area. After the Tsunami C-Dot was identified and selected to implement a project of "Empowering Women through the Start of a Value Added Fish Product Unit at Royapuram and capacity building at Thiruvanmiur Kuppam" with the support of GEF UNDP Small Grants Program. After the successful implementation of the project a Knowledge Sharing Workshop was organized on the South-South Grants Facility at Colobmo, Sri Lanka from 6-9 September 2007. During the workshop, the project of C-Dot was selected as one of the best practices and it was decided that it could be replicated in other needed area.

2006 - WATER AWARDS, initiated by Water Digest

The project: Environment Preservation through Construction of Biogas Plants based on Rubber Latex Waste Water, received the first WATER AWARDS, initiated by Water Digest, the Global Magazine for Water Solutions on 13th of November 2006.

The Introduction of the concept of 'Biogas Service Centre' in this project is a breakthrough for the local communities who can then turn to get the facilities for repairs and maintenance of their biogas plants. At each centre two to three local bio gas engineers have been created and who have got livelihoods for the same as the communities access their paid services. It has given a new face to Andhyodaya – a caring institution. Indeed it has helped the sustainability. It is networking with three other small NGOs in implementing our project in order to ensure effective after sales care to Biogas Plants.

2005 - World Bank (Development Market Place – Recognition Award 2005.) – “Lets Protect our forest and Earn from it together”

The project A Community Endeavour for Bio-conservation and Employment Generation in Uttaranchal from the NGO SFCID was recognised for Developing a Demonstration Centre on bamboo and natural fiber in Pipalkoti, with the Support of Uttaranchal Bamboo and Fiber Development Board, Government of Uttarakhand (GOU). Also institutionalizing the women self help groups into 2 federations. Alaknanda Ghaati Shilpi Federation ( AGSF) having nearly 85 artisans as members to start the program and MNREGA Scheme in Block Joshimath and Dasholi of Chamoli Garhwal, the Villages are – Malli Tangani, Laanji Pokhani and Kiruli with more than 400 members. Folk media campaign for spreading the message for bamboo and fiber promotion in 60 villages, with the support of Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai. A series of skill development trainings, conducted by eminent designers, with support from Uttraranchal Bamboo and Fiber Development Board. GOUA.

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