Integrated Ecosystem Management for Healthy Landscapes and Healthy People by Govardhan Ecovillage
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An interesting proposal that has potential for scalability and for components of it to also be adopted by other communities. One of the biggest challenges will be sustainability and managing costs and maintenance especially working with communities that are often divided in terms of priorities. The solutions proposed here, while not novel, are important and address many SDGs and take a systems approach will be important for building community resilience.
What measures are put in to promote buy-in and sustainability of the eco-village? Please elaborate on the incentive mechanisms and how governments and/or private sector could support this.
The general description of the proposal is a very integrated approach (agricultural practices, tree planting, waste management, education) with a well thought participatory approach to be implemented at village level. This is a level of this approach is efficient, with potentially high impacts, if the villagers are willing to participate and see their interest in participating. From the description and the references, it is clear that this integrated ecosystem management produced great achievements in the past: this ecovillage concept that has been applied for several years in 16 tribal villages touching more than 500 families with good success.
Apparently, the proposal aims at replicating it in Nepal and Bangladesh but very little is said about the way this replication will be made (where, with which partners, etc.). There is a short mention of integrating the spiritual aspects of the management of ecosystems, involving monks, but without any details or precise actions to be implemented. Therefore it is extremely difficult to judge the feasibility of the proposal.
Though the proposal is titled as ecosystem management for healthy landscapes and people, there is very little in it about the ecosystems in the area and what interventions will be applied to address ecosystem management. What are the specific interventions for ecosystems? And how do these interact with symbiotic recycling? While highlighting the benefits of symbiotic recycling for society, how does this benefit ecosystems?
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