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Environmental Education, Rehabilitation and Conservation
- Environmental Education, Rehabilitation and Conservation
- Annually, WISA’s central will serve seven schools and four individual nurseries producing over 300,000 multipurpose tree seedlings and will be planted in degraded watersheds, community closure areas, individual woodlots and homesteads.
- In the spirit of integrated and sustainable agricultural development, the agro-forestry approach will be promoted at different community irrigation sites. Hence, every year 10, 000 fruit tree seedlings will be produced at WISA’s central nursery and distributed to organizations, schools and individuals.
- Organic vegetable production (use of compost) system will also be promoted as an environmental sound agricultural practice. Currently, over half of the irrigation farmers use compost on their irrigation fields. Many non-irrigation farmers will also have adopted the practice in their backyards and rain-fed farms.
- Soil and water conservation practices (TO INCLUDE WATER HARVESTING) will be undertaken by farmers in irrigation fields in the form of planting fruits along canals, and farm boundaries and using water with committee supervision.
- Improved Stove production and utilization will also be promoted to reduce pressure on natural vegetation for fuel wood. WISA will target, over 2000 households to have installed wood-saving stoves for use at home after getting training on its use and installation.
- Mud block production and utilization will also be promoted instead of using the scarce wood for house construction in the area. As a result, numerous households will have adopted the practice
- Lakeshore rehabilitation (delineating, fencing and planting trees) activities that irrigation farmers will undertake limit free access to lakeshore vegetation.
- Watershed rehabilitation and community closure area management schemes will be initiated. Accordingly, in two watersheds a total of 750 hectares of previously barren land shall be delineated as a community closure area and every year enrichment plantation is done.
- Various materials (posters, brochures, pamphlets, videos, t-shirts, banners etc.) on environmental problems and their mitigation measures will be produced and distributed in the program areas and even throughout the catchment Region
- Local Community based and district-level environmental protection committees will be established and will be working on monitoring and managing their environment
- 30 school-based environmental clubs (with over 3500 members) will actively contribute for the enhancement of environmental awareness, rehabilitation and management in their schools and surrounding community
- Over 3000 selected families and traditional community leaders from the urban and rural people of the three districts will have attended a series of consensus-building workshops regarding environmental conservation and management. The participants are to be community elders, religious leaders, representatives of women, school directors, school club leaders, PTA leaders and so on
- WISA stands at the forefront during the celebration of important environmental days.
- WISA shall organize and actively participates in Green Award program at the regional and national level. WISA is the coordinator of the Program by collaborating with and mobilizing various Regional Government agencies and other stakeholders. The program is aimed to become exemplary even at a national level.
- WISA shall actively participate in the catchment Network that has been established to bring environmental issues related to the attention of Key decision makers.