Ladakh Ecological Development and Environmental Group
|Key people||Helena Norberg-Hodge (founder) Tsewang Rigzin (president)|
The organization pays particular attention to environmental, economic and cultural issues affecting disadvantaged communities in Ladakh.
The official website has stated exactly what the organization is geared towards:
- To encourage awareness in the Ladakhi people of the need to consider the long-term effects of development,
- To encourage awareness in the Ladakhi people of the potential value of traditional culture in Ladakh’s development,
- To encourage the use of perpetually renewable natural resources in Ladakh,
- To test and demonstrate low-cost technologies which make use of such perpetually renewable natural resources,
- To provide financial assistance for appropriate, community based development projects,
- To raise funds for the achievement of the objective through donations, grants, collection etc., and through the carrying on of any business, this may help to promote the above objectives,
- To pursue the above objectives with the goal of encouraging, an ecologically sound and sustainable future for the Ladakhi’s people and their land.
The International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) claims to have been originally established the organization in Ladakh in 1978 and by 1980 had become a small group under the leadership of a notable environmental activist in the Ladakh region, Helena Norberg-Hodge. Although the organization became independent in 1983, it is still closely connected to the organization in achieving its goals towards ecological development and sustainability in Ladakh. LEDeG has over a hundred staff members and is presided by Tsewang Rigzin. LEDeG have made some considerable development in Ladakh towards renewable energy and improving efficiency to benefit the local people. In 2003-2007, they installed a solar photovoltaic power plant at Tangtse, with support from ICEF, MNRE and LAHDC. The power plant supplies electricity to over 350 households, for five hours in a day.
The organization has also created numerous hydraulic ram pumps to improve irrigation and improve water supply. With the ISEC, the organization has also sought to improve farmer networking and groups and to educate them in sustainable farming, including a seed-saving programme to promote the cultivation and protection of local varieties of grains and legumes and an ongoing campaign about the hazards of pesticides, fungicides and chemical fertilisers. They have also created solar room-heating systems to deal with the freezing winters, solar water heaters and cookers, development of further photovoltaic power for lighting and further micro-hydro installations and small wind turbines to produce electricity.
- Mann, Rann Singh (2002). Ladakh then and now: cultural, ecological, and political. Mittal Publications. p. 288. ISBN 81-7099-838-7.
- "About us". Ladakh Ecological Development and Environmental Group. Retrieved November 14, 2009.
- "Our Mission". Ladakh Ecological Development and Environmental Group. Retrieved November 14, 2009.
- "The Ladakh Project". International Society for Ecology and Culture. Retrieved November 14, 2009.
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