ACT has always taken environment as a major thematic concern and endeavored to adopt and apply participatory approaches to deal with it. ACT has been dedicating its resources for climate change and environmental concerns in various ways which has included advocacy efforts, community engagement as well as participating in and celebrating environment related events.
ACT envisaged Participatory Environmental Rehabilitation Project in Noukot Union Council of Tehsil Leepa in district Hattian, AJK funded by UNDP-GEF Small Grants Initiative. The components of the project have been designed with the theme of participatory environmental rehabilitation in collaboration with all stakeholders. It is also anticipated that activities proposed in the project about the environment and land conservation will increase the vegetative cover of the geographical outreach.
Simultaneously, the project includes activities of infrastructural changes for improved sanitation and solid waste management at household and community level which will also have a positive influence on the community practices related to solid waste management.
The main objectives of the project are:
- To improve the management and conservation of natural resources in selected geographical outreach by introducing best practices of conservation and protection.
- To enhance the capacity and knowledge of selected communities on climate change, environment conservation and Natural Resource Management (NRM).
The varying activities of the projects consist of the following:
- Construction of trenches and ridges along contours for planting and seeding.
- Provision of planting stock of forest plants for 100 acres.
- Planting of forest plants on 100 acre barren area.
- Establishment of community nursery.
- Provision of fruit plants.
- Planting of fruit plants on cultivated fields.
- Construction of loose stone check dams.
- Field Terracing.
- Construction of earthen water harvesting ponds.
- Community–led joint protection mechanism of natural resources.
Moreover, the following aspects of the project have been planned to enhance the capacity and knowledge of selected communities on climate change, environment conservation and natural resource management (NRM):
- Formation of 30 Community Led Environmental Promotion Groups (CLEPG) (Male 15, Female 15);
- Development of household level environmental rehabilitation plan for 500 households;
- Formation of 4 Village Development Forums (2 Male, 2 Female);
- Establishment of mechanism for joint protection of existing forests on private, communal and state land;
- Establishment of 4 youth/student environmental clubs;
- Organize 2 environment weeks;
- Development and Dissemination of IEC material;
- Community–led introduction, demonstration and training of fuel efficient stoves.