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Case studies
Reviving the Traditional Millet Based Bio-Diverse Agricultural System in Phek District, Nagaland

A case study supported by Oakland Institute. NEN has been working with the farmers, especially women farmers and mobilizing villages in Nagaland to revive the traditional millet-based agroecology.

Nurturing Nature and People amid Climate Change – The Case of Purushwadi

Intervention seeking to improve communities’ adaptive capacities, local ecosystems and biodiversity, and participatory governance

Emergence of small-scale cold-pressed oil units in Tamil Nadu, a welcome change for the local food systems

Autonomous emergence of small scale cold-pressing oil units to meet local demand for healthy cooking oils offers hope

Economics and Technologies
How One Man’s Conviction Put Jibhi Valley on the World Tourism Map

Jibhi Valley's first homestay paves the way for eco-tourism showing that it's possible to build sustainable livelihoods without harming nature

Meet the Water Warrior, Laxman Singh, Who Invented a New Method of Water Conservation

"The Chauka system is designed to hold a nine-inch water level, spread over a field. The moisture is reused by draining, to plant forests or to grow crops,”

In Ahmednagar, residents of a slum design their own homes

"... Just asking the communities that they are building for, how is it that they imagine their home to look?”

Energy
Fazilka Ecocab: Changing the face of cycle rickshaw

In the age of climate action, cycle rickshaws are truly ecological mode of mobility and have potential to create meaningful, green livelihoods in cities and towns.

कारपेक्षा बसचा वापर केला तर प्रदूषण १५ पट कमी (in Marathi)

महाराष्ट्र सरकारने पंधराव्या वित्त आयोगाच्या अहवालातील, हवेची गुणवत्ता सुधारण्यासाठीच्या एकूण तरतुदीपैकी ८० टक्के निधी ई-बस सेवेसाठी वापरण्याचा प्रस्ताव ठेवला आहे, हे स्वागतार्ह आहे.

Ranchi shows how India’s biggest cycling lessons lie in its smaller cities

Ranchi has taken critical and innovative steps that can be adopted locally by the bigger cities that are looking at turning to cycling for transport.

Environment and Ecology
Groundwater Regulation: A Challenge to make the ‘Invisible Visible’ in India

Acknowledging groundwater as ‘commons’ is an important step in the right direction.

Puvidham: A University for Sustainable Living

“Highly competitive cast of minds as well as a destructive mentality towards nature with a manifestation of dual behaviour is what the mainstream education cultivates and I had no intention to send my children to these schools. Therefore, I decided to home-school my children,” says Meenakshi.

Confluence of Academia and Traditional Knowledge Systems: Towards Climate Resilient Agriculture

The macro and micro-systems of nature work in tandem to survive. Their role in climate change resilience is paramount. Sreeja works to ensure that all community voices are heard, all-natural parts are valued and sustainability is defined in one’s own context.

Food and Water
Groundwater Regulation: A Challenge to make the ‘Invisible Visible’ in India

Acknowledging groundwater as ‘commons’ is an important step in the right direction.

Elopa and Etugu villagers declare ancestral land as community conserved area

The state government is working with the Centre on a legal framework to allow the state’s tribal communities to gain legal land rights over their customary land.

At 89 & 71, Amazing Grandmas Run a Gorgeous, Successful Farm Stay With Fresh Food

To bring back the greenery by developing a food forest, harvesting crops and building a farm stay for their guests

Health and Hygiene
At 89 & 71, Amazing Grandmas Run a Gorgeous, Successful Farm Stay With Fresh Food

To bring back the greenery by developing a food forest, harvesting crops and building a farm stay for their guests

Meet Lakshmy Das – a young community worker pushing sustainable practices in Kumily

MHM sessions are conducted for small groups, highlighting the cultural taboos associated with menstruation, guidance on how to maintain hygiene during menstruation...

In Ahmednagar, residents of a slum design their own homes

"... Just asking the communities that they are building for, how is it that they imagine their home to look?”

Knowledge and Media
झारखंड में उम्मीद की लाइब्रेरी (in Hindi)

किताबों के साथ बच्चे एक-दूसरे से सीख रहे हैं, उनमें पढ़ने की रुचि बन रही है, यह एक ऐसा मंच भी है, पढ़ने के साथ किताबों पर बात भी कर सकते हैं

How Sumi Nagas’ traditional knowledge helps them navigate nature’s vagaries

Elders in the community say that the ecological indicators help them predict weather even in a changing climate.

झारखण्ड के एक आदिवासी गाँव द्वारा एथ्नोमेडिसिन ज्ञान को बचाए रखने का प्रयास (in Hindi)

स्थानीय महिलाओं ने एथ्नोमेडिसिन चिकित्सा के ज्ञान को आने वाली पीढ़ियों के लिए संग्रहित करने की इच्छा जताई।

Learning and Education
Puvidham: A University for Sustainable Living

“Highly competitive cast of minds as well as a destructive mentality towards nature with a manifestation of dual behaviour is what the mainstream education cultivates and I had no intention to send my children to these schools. Therefore, I decided to home-school my children,” says Meenakshi.

झारखंड में उम्मीद की लाइब्रेरी (in Hindi)

किताबों के साथ बच्चे एक-दूसरे से सीख रहे हैं, उनमें पढ़ने की रुचि बन रही है, यह एक ऐसा मंच भी है, पढ़ने के साथ किताबों पर बात भी कर सकते हैं

The man who speaks with his heart

Nazar Bandhu, a native of Muvattupuzha, who leads the village of Chakla in West Bengal to self-sufficiency through Zero Foundation.

Livelihoods
Confluence of Academia and Traditional Knowledge Systems: Towards Climate Resilient Agriculture

The macro and micro-systems of nature work in tandem to survive. Their role in climate change resilience is paramount. Sreeja works to ensure that all community voices are heard, all-natural parts are valued and sustainability is defined in one’s own context.

Bringing Harmony between Healthy Growing and Consuming

"Forests thrive on their own without chemicals or constant watering. On my farm, I've created a similar ecosystem. So, my team and I just do one thing: harvest the plants," says Yella Reddy

How environmentalist Jibi Pulu is using ecotourism to turn Mishmi tribe conservationists

“For centuries, the indigenous people have been living in harmony with nature. In our culture, we do hunt but for our sustenance and we do not sell meat,” he says.

Politics
The Kadar Community Chart An Inspirational Journey Of Resilience As They Take Back Their Forests

The Kadars of Tamil Nadu, displaced from their ancestral forests in 2019, have fought hard to win back what is rightfully theirs.

Support for Auroville’s Experiments on Well-being

We need Auroville as an autonomous laboratory for evolving some pathways towards well-being and development through collective living and work.

मेंढा (लेखा) के श्री. देवाजी तोफा को मानद D.Litt. (in Hindi)

"दिल्ली मुंबई में हमारी सरकार, हमारे गाव में हमही सरकार !"

Settlements and Transport
झारखंड में उम्मीद की लाइब्रेरी (in Hindi)

किताबों के साथ बच्चे एक-दूसरे से सीख रहे हैं, उनमें पढ़ने की रुचि बन रही है, यह एक ऐसा मंच भी है, पढ़ने के साथ किताबों पर बात भी कर सकते हैं

In Ahmednagar, residents of a slum design their own homes

"... Just asking the communities that they are building for, how is it that they imagine their home to look?”

The man who speaks with his heart

Nazar Bandhu, a native of Muvattupuzha, who leads the village of Chakla in West Bengal to self-sufficiency through Zero Foundation.

Society, Culture and Peace
Puvidham: A University for Sustainable Living

“Highly competitive cast of minds as well as a destructive mentality towards nature with a manifestation of dual behaviour is what the mainstream education cultivates and I had no intention to send my children to these schools. Therefore, I decided to home-school my children,” says Meenakshi.

Confluence of Academia and Traditional Knowledge Systems: Towards Climate Resilient Agriculture

The macro and micro-systems of nature work in tandem to survive. Their role in climate change resilience is paramount. Sreeja works to ensure that all community voices are heard, all-natural parts are valued and sustainability is defined in one’s own context.

Bringing Harmony between Healthy Growing and Consuming

"Forests thrive on their own without chemicals or constant watering. On my farm, I've created a similar ecosystem. So, my team and I just do one thing: harvest the plants," says Yella Reddy

Videos on Alternatives
The Seed Savers of Sahyadri School (KFI), Pune

A documentary on the conservation of indigenous seeds by Sahyadri School, KFI, Khed, Pune, in the western state of Maharashtra in India.

Aamcha Jungle Dennar Nahi (We will not hand over our forest)

"We've been conserving the forest for millennia. Even our songs are similar to the sounds of animals..."

A certification that changed the lives of this tribal community in Tirunelveli

They harvest, consume the product, feed the animals and also bring it to the market for sale to earn a living.