THE NRM ACTIVITIES OF KSSS TOOK A GIANT LEAP THIS YEAR WITH THE LAUNCH OF THE MAIN PHASE OF THE LIFE PROJECT IN THE MONTH OF APRIL 2011. LIFE PROGRAMME:
Centenary LIFFE Programme, as it is called commemorates its initiation in the Centenary year of Kottayam Archeparchy and the acronym LIFFE stands for Livelihood Initiatives & Farmer-Friendly Environment. It has been derived from the Project ‘Livelihood Improvement of Marginal Farmers and Inland Fishers through Management of Natural Resources and Diversification in Kerala’ funded by the German government for implementation in 20 villages. Moreover as LIFFE suggests the Programme aims to spread a culture of appreciation for ‘Human Life’ and ‘Life’ in Nature.
It envisages a comprehensive package of activities for sustainable development and includes livelihood support programmes and natural resource management programmes.
Under Livelihood Improvement a good number of Income Generation activities will be promoted in each project village. Moreover some individual and group based livelihood activities exclusively under ecological farming/fishery have been included viz. Integrated One-fish One-paddy Programme and homestead Fishery Programme.
Under Natural Resource Management measures to protect soil erosion (trenches, contour stone bunding, vegetative barriers, mangrove restoration), measures to improve drinking-water/water availability (roof water harvesting, well-recharging …), seed banks, Organic Kitchen gardens, Azolla cultivation, mechanisms for Renewable energy etc. shall be implemented.
The Programme targets the poorest of the poor at the highest priority and revolves around a systematic frame of participatory development processes
Conservation and management of natural resources are extremely important for the co-existence of man and environment. Adopting simple life style in harmony with the nature and natural resources is necessary for man’s secure life. Optimum exploitation of natural resources without its protection always leads to disaster. As a step of environmental protection awareness creation on Eco- Friendly farming, Rainwater harvesting, Bio fertilizers, control measures for soil erosion, Reforestation and social forestry etc are being promoted. It has created awareness on environmental tragedies and precaution to be taken to protect the environment
Bio diversity conservation
Social forestry: Tree is a boon to man. To protect the environment and the bio-diversity deforestation must be stopped and reforestation must be promoted. As a step to it KSSS promotes awareness classes and planting of trees. About 56000 trees were distributed through the SHG groups in 26villages of Kottayam and Idukki Districts.
Planting of Trees
To protect the environment and the bio-diversity deforestation must be abolished and forestation must be promoted. As a step to it, KSSS promotes awareness classes and planting of trees. In the Villages of Kurumollor and Neezhoor 25000 trees were distributed through the SHG groups.
Participatory Coconut Farming Promotion Programme
As a part of biodiversity conservation programme, KSSS distributed coconut plantlets to its farm club members at a subsidized rate of Rs.10.
Plastic Reduction programme
To protect the environment from the aggressive and harmful usage of plastic, KSSS introduced paper bag and cloth bag as an effective and eco-friendly substitute for plastic bags. By the timely intervention of KSSS, paper bags and cloth bags were widely accepted as a suitable alternative throughout its operational villages. Advantages of paper bag and cloth bags:-
- eco-friendly and cost effective
Solid Waste Management Programme
With the object of creation of ‘clean and healthy environment’ KSSS initiated Solid Waste Management Programmes in its operational areas with the participation of its Civil Society Organizations. A Workshop on “Waste Management” was conducted and more than 3500 tree-saplings were distributed to the participants.
WATER AND SOIL CONSERVATION
Over the recent years, shortage of water has sparked immense friction between countries and between states within a country. A good many of these are simply due to improper utilization of available fresh water and absence of emphasis on rainwater harvesting. KSSS has been doing commendable work in this line.CapacityBuildingTrainings play a tremendous role in this regard and the various stakeholders at different levels are conscientised at periodic intervals for adopting eco-friendly measures and eco-friendly Income generation programmes.
SOLAR LAMPS DISTRIBUTION
In association with the Centenary celebrations and with the relevance of energy protection and conservation, KSSS distributed solar lamps to 360 SHG members at a subsidy amount of Rs. 1,80,00 in the month of June.
The cheap price, the high quality light, the durability of the lanterns, and the length of time the battery lasts are all key features for the product to be to be significant. Solar lanterns are not only cheaper, but they are also brighter and do not pose any fire or health hazard. This is also an alternate solution to the increasing electricity charges. Keeping this in mind, as part of Women’s Day celebrations, KSSS distributed solar lights atHighRangeand Kottayam regions.
OTHER KEY ACTIVITIES UNDER THE ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION PROGRAMMES DURING THE YEAR INCLUDE:
A) ONE-DAY AWARENESS PROGRAMME
One-day Awareness Programme on Environment Awareness Campaign “2011-12”- with support from Centre for Environment and Development, Kerala. The objective of the Campaign was to create mass awareness among target groups about environmental problems and to promote measures for environment protection by active partnership between NGOs and rural masses.
B) WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY CELEBRATIONS
C) FRUIT-TREE PROMOTION PROGRAMME
D) BIO-DIVERSITY CONSERVATION
E) BIOGAS INSTALLATION
KSSS in collaboration with Khadhi and Village Industries Commission facilitated the installation of biogas plants in the operational areas of KSSS.
Kitchen-garden Contest for Male farmers
KSSS organized a Kitchen-garden competition for the members of Male SHGs to reward the best male farmer tending the most diversified Kitchen Garden in a plot of 5 cents. The best three farmers were given prizes during the Agricultural Fest.