Following the challenge India is facing to ensure inclusive green economic growth which does not compromise on the environment or people’s well-being for growth numbers, TARAgram Yatra 2015 has identified three priority areas to address in this context. The theme of the annual event this year-“India- Post 2015: Investing in Sustainability” will focus on key areas that include:
•Resource efficiency for an urbanising India
•Energy driving low carbon local economies
•Building resilience in agriculture for food security
The Yatra will begin with an Inaugural panel discussion on 7th October 2015 at DA world head quarter in Delhi followed by two-day field visits to Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and outskirts of Delhi for each respective theme on 8th and 9th October, 2015. The participants from the field visits will be joined by practitioners, experts and policy makers on 10th October 2015 for a Round Table Consultations deliberating on these pertinent issues. The Yatra will culminate with a Plenary in the afternoon.
Resource efficiency for an urbanising India: Resource Efficiency for an Urbanising India is one of the focus areas of the TARAgram Yatra this year. The focuses area will deliberate on the investments with respect to tangible resources (land, water, energy, building materials) and intangible resources (policy, institutions, capacities/skills) required in order to adopt a resource efficient urban environment. Further we hope to build our understanding on the possible pathways to achieve the same, while exploring different needs and requirements of key stakeholders, and the role they play in triggering this change.The Yatra that involves a Field Visit to showcases the practice with policy connect, followed by a Round Table Discussion aims to bring forth perspectives from various stakeholders.
The Yatra will show Development Alternatives’ initiatives in decentralised renewable energy based electricity. These initiatives have enabled local low-carbon economic development led by microenterprises. The field visit will explore the potential of decentralised renewable energy-based electricity systems to generate direct and indirect employment and provide socio-economic benefits without environmental repercussions. The round table conference will then attempt to identify and discuss the elements of the technology ecosystem that would need to be constructed in this sector as well as other sectors to bring about the transition to low-carbon local development in India.
Building resilience in agriculture for food security: This theme will deliberate on key policy actions required to ensure conservation and enhancement of the natural resource base in agriculture and policy imperatives to optimise production from a given landscape. At the community level, it aims to explore models with multiple cash flows that can be identified and leveraged by farmers to increase income opportunities. It shall also explore different sorts of community institutions that can facilitate empowerment of the most marginalised, including landless and marginal farmers, and women, through micro-credit, cooperatives, self-help groups, etc.
Background- TARAgram Yatra:
TARAgram Yatra (TGY) is an annual event led by the Development Alternatives Group in partnership with international thinking–learning organisations, designed to deliberate on issues of development with the mission of inspiring sustainability in policy and practice.
The Yatra– a journey of knowledge and learning to attain higher goals– brings together top-level practitioners and policy makers from across the world. Such an approach offers the potential to identify and build upon spaces of hope for transformation.
About Development Alternatives:
Development Alternatives (DA) is a premier social enterprise with a global presence in the fields of green economic development, social empowerment and environmental management. It is credited with numerous innovations in clean technology and delivery systems that help create sustainable livelihoods in the developing world.
DA focuses on empowering communities through strengthening people’s institutions and facilitating their access to basic needs; enabling economic opportunities through skill development for green jobs and enterprise creation; and promoting low carbon pathways for development through natural resource management models and clean technology solutions. (www.devalt.org)