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Sustainable Development by Cooperation. Bankgiro:900-4102

Ecology/Environment

Ecology/ Environment is about ‘using, conserving and enhancing the community’s resources so that ecological processes, on which life depends, are maintained, and the total quality of life, now and in the future, can be increase’.

Ecology/Environment is important for sustainable development as it forms the core to sustainable development. Challenges are related to developing ways of using the environmental resources which form the basis of the economy in a way which maintains and, where possible, improves their range, variety and quality and at the same time utilise those resources to develop industry and generate employment.

Traditionally, people in rural areas cook on open pit wood fires inside their kitchens. All family members, but especially women and girls, are exposed to dangerous levels of smoke and pollutants, contributing to severe respiratory health problems and early blindness. Very often, children will have to dedicate a significant part of their time to gathering wood, instead of going to school. The burning of so much wood contributes to deforestation and global warming. Our work aims to create sustainable systems change by providing socio-economic empowerment to local communities through raising awareness to ecological and environmental issues.

Our programs and projects strive to include ecological and environmental considerations in every decision making process.

Activities include:

  • Advancement of environmental protection and improvement.

  • Tree planting and restoration – Community groups have identified tree restoration as a high priority for climate control, soil erosion, and creating shaded areas.

  • Clean Water Systems – helping each community in the most remote village areas access clean and reliable sources of drinking water. This is one of the most effective means to improve local quality of life and reduce infant mortality.

  • Ecological Sanitation – Composting latrines can be an effective solution to the problem of untreated human waste.

  • Wood-Saving stoves – support installation of wood saving stoves.

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