Carbon Neutral Meenangadi

Carbon Neutral Meenangadi

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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Resource Files

  1. Carbon Neutral Meenangadi: Assessment & Recomendations

    A study report assessing the carbon emission and sequestration of a local self government - Meenangadi - in Wayanad district of Kerala. It is the first time in India where an assessment has been made at the LSG level. The report also suggests project ideas to make the LSG carbon neutral.

  2. Concept Note - Carbon Neutral Meenangaadi Grama Panchayat (Malayalam)

    ആശയകുറിപ്പ്‌ - കാർബൺ തുലിത മീനങ്ങാടി. രണ്ടായിരത്തി ഇരുപത്തോടു കൂടി കേരളത്തിലെ വയനാട് ജില്ലയിലെ മീനങ്ങാടി ഗ്രാമ പഞ്ചായത്തിനെ ലോകത്തിലെ ആദ്യത്തെ കാർബൺ തുലിത പഞ്ചായത്ത്‌ ആക്കി മാറ്റുന്ന പദ്ധതി ആണിത്.

  3. Concept Note - Carbon Neutral Meenangaadi Grama Panchayat

    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.

  4. Concept Note - Carbon Neutral Communities Resource Centre

    Concept note prepare by Pan-India and Thanal, on how a Carbon Neutral Communities Resource Centre can be formed

  5. Green Protocol for Meenangadi Grama Panchayat

    Green Protocol instructions developed and submitted to Meenangadi Grama Panchayat Thanal as part of Carbon Neutral Meenangadi Project

  6. A note on Climate Change (Malayalam)

    A note on Climate change (Malayalam)

  7. Check list of Birds of Meenangadi

    A draft checklist of Birds in and around Meenangadi prepared by Mr. Raju S., Thanal as part of Carbon Neutral Meenangadi Project in 2017

  8. Carbon Neutral Meenangadi - Project Status posters

    A set of posters on Carbon emission and stock measurement process held in Meenangadi Grama Panchayat

  9. Carbon Neutral Meenangadi - Grama Panchayat Meeting Minutes

    Meeting Minutes of Meenangadi Grama Panchayat to entrust Thanal as technical support organization

  10. Kerala Government Budget Allotment for Carbon Neutral Meenangadi

    Excerpts from Budget Speech allotting financial support for Carbon Neutral Meenangadi Panchayat and Supplementary Demand for Grants.

  11. Meenangadi Grama Panchayat Map

    Map showing the wards of Meenangadi Grama Panchayat

  12. Checklist of Trees in the homestead of Meenangadi Grama Panchayat

    Checklist of trees in the homesteads of Meenangadi Grama Panchayat, Wayanad

  13. Activity Report - Carbon Neutral Meenangadi

    List of Activities conducted by Thanal at Meenangadi Grama Panchayat

  14. Climate Change - Basic facts (Malayalam) Education Booklet - 1

    A booklet on basic facts on climate change on the back ground of Carbon Neutral Meenangadi Project. It was produced to support awareness and education campaign on climate change in Kerala.

  15. Carbon Neutral Wayanad - Background notes (Malayalam) - Education Material - 2

    A booklet on climate change, concept of climate resilience and carbon neutral Wayanad

  16. Carbon assessment Methodology (Malayalam) Education Material - 3

    A brief summary of Carbon Neutral Meenangadi assessment of carbon emission and stock with methodolgy (Malayalam)

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