Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness

1. ECCA will be a Model Professional Volunteer Organization (PVO) dedicated towards natural resources management 2. ECCA will organize programs so as to secure children's sound ecological future 3. ECCA will support the development of conservation related entrepreneurship

Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
Wise-use House Jwagol, Kopundol
Lalitpur, Bagmati 99999
Nepal
+977 1 5553870
http://www.ecca.org.np

Chairman

Prachet K. Shrestha

Management Team

Yogendra Chitrakar, Anil Amatya, Rabindra Khatri, Labeshwor K Pokharel, Kumari Shrestha, Bipin K Shrestha, Rabindra K. Shrestha, Kumar Khatiwada, Angel Chitrakar, Sachi Mulmi, Sushila Khadgi, Dipesh Gurung, Ram S Magar, Rudra B Shahi, Sangeeta Shrestha, Uddba Bhujel

Board of Directors

Prachet K Shrestha, Amala Tuladhar, Binod Shrestha, Yogendra Chitrakar, Ashta Prajapati, Kabita Thapa, Merina Ranjit

Project Leaders

Prachet Kumar Shrestha
Angel Chitrakar

Mission

1. ECCA will be a Model Professional Volunteer Organization (PVO) dedicated towards natural resources management 2. ECCA will organize programs so as to secure children's sound ecological future 3. ECCA will support the development of conservation related entrepreneurship

Programs

ECCA has been implementing various programs and projects in different areas of Nepal, which are as follows; Conservation Education and Community Development The objective of this project is to enhance environment awareness of individuals and to generate a sense of awareness amongst children at an age when they are receptive to ideas and inculcate in them a love and appreciation of nature. It also aims to undertake community development activities so as to raise the quality of life through wise-use of available local resources To achieve the objective, ECCA had initiated Formation of students environment club in the schools Various small-scale school based and community based activities (such as installation of chlorinator device and paper recycling prototype, distribution of composting bin, construction of drinking water distribution system, installation of improved cooking stove, construction of toilets, etc.) Trainings for the youths, students and other community members on the local environment issues and their role for the betterment. Trained school children training other school children on environment issues Promotion of Alternate Energy The aim of this program is to make positive impact on the standard of living through the integrated approach of community mobilization and technological intervention. In this program we have been able to get following achievements; Installation of solar photovoltaic water pumping system to replace the diesel-engine water pumping system (which were not in operation because the villagers were unable to afford high operation and maintenance cost) at three locations in eastern Nepal Improved Cooking Stove Program in different parts of the country Promotion of Solar lamp to replace kerosene wicked lamp Improving School Environment in Nepal Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) has initiated School Environment Improvement Program to improve the basic environment of schools - the lack of proper school environment is one of the main causes of school dropouts (especially of girl students). It is envisaged that enrollment of the students will also increase when facilities (like water, toilet, greenery) are improved in the school. Classroom management and relationship among children, teachers and community also plays an important role in improving the school environment. In the schools where this program has been launched, students are doing good job - like monitoring school compound, toilets, fast food shops, managing open spaces and preserving plants. The program has also helped the teachers on teaching technique and practising different ways to make aware children on environment issues and to change their behaviour. All the activities are done practically and in related spots - e.g. health and sanitation is taught in and around the toilet, nutrition in fast food shops where they check the food and water and one school one-heritage program is carried out in nearby natural or cultural heritage sites. Similarly, greenery is taught by planting the saplings and composting from waste materials. This type of program can develop the positive attitude and vision on children and community to improve the environment of the village as a whole. The children are the leaders of tomorrow. Whatever they learn today, they expose tomorrow. So, we should be particular in transplanting positive attitude amongst them. Enhancing the Livelihood of the Minority Mushar Community in Sanaitha VDC, Siraha Mushars are a so-called low-caste community, who have been given the name "Mushar" because of the fact that they used to maintain their living by catching and eating the rats (local name "Musha") found in the open field. After the construction of the road connecting East-West highway to Siraha Headquarter, the Mushars were resettled in around 70,000 square feet of land in Sanaitha Village with the help of Mr. Krishna Charan Shrestha (Social Worker) and German Nepalese Help Association (GNHA). During re-settlement, some land was given and small huts were made for them. In the village school the participation of Mushar children is very low or almost nil in view of the fact that they are not treated well by other so-called upper caste people. Because of which, they also have inferiority complex. After the resettlement, one Mushar teacher had been assigned to teach the Mushar children basic lessons informally (i.e. not through formal schooling procedure) - which is being done under the open sky (i.e. no shelter is available). ECCA has initiated a package program so as to Create Better Social Environment, enhance the livelihood and develop infrastructure. As part of the overall program, teachers were appointed and trained, a school building has been constructed and other software activities are being implemented. The permission for the primary level school (till class 5) has also been obtained from District Education Office, GON in February 2006. Biodiversity Conservation Initiatives through Grassroots Participation Most parts of the country has well-established Community Forest with clearly identified mandate for sustainable management. But the management of Community Forest has loosely incorporated Biodiversity Conservation initiatives in its Guideline and Community Forest User Group's (CFUG) Operation Plan (OP). Therefore, ECCA has, now, adopted a vision to extend its scope in implementing the conservation awareness level into real practice through eco-friendly mobilization of Natural Resources which will not only incorporate biodiversity conservation initiatives into their implementing The project targets to build capacity of concerned government and partner agencies: CFUG and other grassroots level local NGO/CBO to manage sustainable natural resources that will initiate effective conservation of biodiversity through conservation based management on priority species of the corridor. Building close coordination between communities, local bodies, government line agencies and concerned stakeholders of cross boundary area will further strengthen the conservation of key species in the Kanchenjunga-Singalila corridor by enhancing their capability on protection, monitoring and mitigating threats to conservation. Human Value-based Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education In collaboration with UN-HABITAT Water for Asian Cities Programme, "Human Value-based Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education (HVWSHE)" has been launched from December 2007. The project aims at promoting HVWSHE through the following components: (a) Policy support through revision of existing curriculum, and incorporation of HVWSHE in teachers' training manuals; (b) Piloting of HVWSHE in selected schools; (c) Establishing water class rooms at selected educational institutes; (d) Capacity building of government officials, principals and teachers; (e) Developing sample lesson plans for primary, secondary and higher secondary classes; (f) Preparing education materials and other IEC materials; (g) Providing functional WATSAN facilities and services; and (h) Disseminating information through workshop and IEC materials. The Water for Asian Cities (WAC) Programme is a collaborative initiative between the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Governments of Asia. WAC Programme is supporting the implementation of the water and sanitation related Millennium Development Goals and targets (MDGs) in Asian cities, specifically promoting pro-poor governance, water demand management, increased attention to environmental sanitation; and income generation for the poor linked to water supply and sanitation. The programme seeks to achieve this by mobilizing political will, raising awareness through advocacy, information and education; training and capacity building; by promoting new investments in the urban water and sanitation sector; and by systematic monitoring of progress towards MDGs. Simple Alternative Water Disinfection Program Most of the rural areas suffer from lack of treated water, ultimately suffering from various waterborne diseases. Among various water disinfectants, Chlorine solution (or sodium hypochlorite) is the most effective chemical compound which destroys and inactivates micro-organisms and pathogens in water. This project is based on knowledge transformation so once it is adopted; people can easily operate the new technology. The schools and communities will get better option for the purification of drinking water - which is socially and economically viable. This project is focused towards producing chlorine solution locally from concentrated common salt solution. The produced chlorine will then be used by drinking water users' committee and by the students/teachers (in their school) and their families to treat water for drinking purpose. Once treated water is used, health condition will improve; thereby enhancing the livelihood of the general populace. Kathmandu Participatory River Monitoring Project (KAPRIMO) The Bagmati and Bishnumati rivers are the major, yet most, polluted rivers of the Kathmandu Valley. Both rivers have high cultural and social value, but rapid urbanization followed by river quality degradation has led to its becoming of little value. The decline of river quality has direct detrimental impacts on the health, economy and culture of water user groups in the city and downstream. KAPRIMO is a participatory approach in the field of river conservation. It aims to develop, implement and demonstrate a functional and non-conventional river monitoring system, which will stand alone as the backbone and pioneering step towards the restoration process of the rivers of the Kathmandu Valley. It is expected that KAPRIMO will serve as a catalyst for basin-wide and nation-wide river monitoring and conservation planning.

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