The concept of ‘Carbon Neutral Communities’ puts forth the notions of zero carbon development, nature conservation, food and energy self-sufficiency, economic well-being and regional development. Through the resource centre’s proposed activities, we aim to enable the Carbon Neutral Projects with research and outreach as a support system for the Panchayat and future communities to dedicate their limited time and resources in innovative solutions.
Post-Paris climate commitments, Dr. T.M. Thomas Isaac, Hon’ble Minister for Finance and Coir, Govt. Of Kerala and a well-known economist, wanted to set an example in the state for the rest of the country to follow. Wayanad district—nestled in the Western Ghats on the extension of Deccan Plateau and home to crops that are thermo-sensitive and vulnerable to climate change such as coffee, paddy and pepper—was selected for a community-based climate change adaptation initiative called “Carbon Neutral Wayanad”. A pilot project was then launched at local government level on June 5, 2016. Meenangadi Grama Panchayat leadership came forward to take up the responsibility to be a model Panchayat for Wayanad district and the rest of the country. Thanal was entrusted by the Kerala government to provide technical assistance to this flagship project.
Meenangadi Panchayat will serve as a laboratory for a developing a ‘Sustainable Development Framework’ scientifically reinforced and catering to all needs of the people by mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation as a core element in the development plans. Carbon Neutral Meenangadi is such a innovative project with a community based climate change adaptation approach which is a model that can be replicated for the rest of the country.
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ആശയകുറിപ്പ് - കാർബൺ തുലിത മീനങ്ങാടി. രണ്ടായിരത്തി ഇരുപത്തോടു കൂടി കേരളത്തിലെ വയനാട് ജില്ലയിലെ മീനങ്ങാടി ഗ്രാമ പഞ്ചായത്തിനെ ലോകത്തിലെ ആദ്യത്തെ കാർബൺ തുലിത പഞ്ചായത്ത് ആക്കി മാറ്റുന്ന പദ്ധതി ആണിത്.
The people of Meenangadi Panchayat of Kerala in India are aiming to become the world's first Carbon Neutral Grama Panchayat by 2020. It aims to achieve this by conserving and expanding its forests and biodiversity; reducing its carbon emissions drastically from household, transportation and industrial sectors; conserving its soil and water; practicing organic agriculture; reducing and recycling its waste and preparing to tackle climate change with best practices for sustainable development.
Concept note prepare by Pan-India and Thanal, on how a Carbon Neutral Communities Resource Centre can be formed
Green Protocol instructions developed and submitted to Meenangadi Grama Panchayat Thanal as part of Carbon Neutral Meenangadi Project
A note on Climate change (Malayalam)