Ladakh Ecological Development and Environmental Group

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Ladakh Ecological Development and Environmental Group
LEDeG.jpg
Focus Renewable energy
Area served
Ladakh
Key people
Helena Norberg-Hodge (founder) Tsewang Rigzin (president)
Website http://www.ledeg.org/

The Ladakh Ecological Development and Environmental Group (LEDeG) is an environmental NGO based in Karzu, Leh, Ladakh, Jammu Kashmir in northern India.

Goals[edit]

Established independently in 1983, its goal is to promote ecological and sustainable development of Ladakh, focusing mainly on the promotion of renewable energy, particularly solar energy.[1]

The organization pays particular attention to environmental, economic and cultural issues affecting disadvantaged communities in Ladakh.[2]

The official website has stated exactly what the organization is geared towards:

  1. To encourage awareness in the Ladakhi people of the need to consider the long-term effects of development,[3]
  2. To encourage awareness in the Ladakhi people of the potential value of traditional culture in Ladakh’s development,[3]
  3. To encourage the use of perpetually renewable natural resources in Ladakh,[3]
  4. To test and demonstrate low-cost technologies which make use of such perpetually renewable natural resources,[3]
  5. To provide financial assistance for appropriate, community based development projects,[3]
  6. 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,[3]
  7. To pursue the above objectives with the goal of encouraging, an ecologically sound and sustainable future for the Ladakhi’s people and their land.[3]

Project history[edit]

The International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC), now known as Local Futures, originally established LEDeG in Ladakh in 1978. By 1980, it had become a small group under the leadership of ISEC's founder and notable environmental activist in the Ladakh region, Helena Norberg-Hodge.[4][5] Although LEDeG became independent in 1983, it is still closely connected to Local Futures/ISEC in achieving its goals of ecological development and sustainability in Ladakh.[4] LEDeG has made some considerable progress in Ladakh towards renewable energy and improving efficiency to benefit the local people.[2] In 2003-2007, they installed a solar photovoltaic power plant at Tangtse, with support from ICEF, MNRE and LAHDC.[2] The power plant supplies electricity to over 350 households, for five hours in a day.[2] In the years since its founding, LEDeG has become the most influential non-governmental organization in the Ladakh region.[4]

Farmers in Ladakh have received education and irrigation assistance from the LEDeG

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mann, Rann Singh (2002). Ladakh then and now: cultural, ecological, and political. Mittal Publications. p. 288. ISBN 81-7099-838-7. 
  2. ^ a b c d "About us". Ladakh Ecological Development and Environmental Group. Retrieved November 14, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Our Mission". Ladakh Ecological Development and Environmental Group. Retrieved November 14, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c "The Ladakh Project". International Society for Ecology and Culture. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ Yoga Journal (Issue 104). Active Interest Media, Inc. May–Jun 1992. p. 108. ISSN 0191-0965. 

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